Team Goh

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Team Goh
Motor racing team
Founded 1996
Country  Japan
Team Principal(s) Kazimuchi Goh
Former series JGTC
FIA GT
FIA Sportscar
Le Mans Series
Drivers
Drivers' titles 1 (JGTC 1996)
Teams' titles 1 (JGTC 1996)

Team Goh International is a Japanese auto racing team founded by Kazimuchi Goh in 1990s. Initially competing in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), Team Goh won the 1996 championship with a McLaren F1 GTR and drivers John Nielsen and David Brabham. The team next set its sights on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, initially entering the McLaren in 1997, then a former works BMW V12 LM in 1999, and a pair of Panozes in 2000.

Team Goh's Audi R8 which won the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans

In 2001, Team Goh partnered with the Danish Den Blå Avis team, running a Dome-Judd in the FIA Sportscar Championship, earning two wins and finishing second in the championship. The following year, Kazimuchi Goh purchased an Audi R8, as part of a three-year program at Le Mans. The team finished in seventh in 2002 and fourth in 2003. Goh also participated in the 1000 km of Spa and 1000 km of Le Mans, winning both events with drivers Seiji Ara and Tom Kristensen.

In 2004, Goh entered the new Le Mans Endurance Series with their R8, finishing the season third in the championship. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Goh drivers Ara and Kristensen were joined by Rinaldo Capello, and won the race overall. Following the victory, the team announced plans to return to the JGTC, now renamed the Super GT Championship, using a new Maserati MC12.[1] However, after the car struggled to match the pace of its competitors during 2006 testing, the team withdrew from the championship.[2]

On January 7, 2009, it was announced that Team Goh would be purchasing a Porsche RS Spyder, to participate in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was running second in class when driver Seiji Ara suffered a large accident on the Mulsanne Straight.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Team Goh's Maserati for Super GT". Daily Sports Car. 2006-01-19. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Team Goh Maserati Update". Daily Sports Car. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 

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