Yasuyuki Kazama

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Yasuyuki Kazama
Nationality  Japan
Born (1970-02-01) 1 February 1970 (age 45)
Nagano
D1 Grand Prix
Years active 20012006
Teams Kei Office, Team M.O.V.E.
Wins 7
Best finish 1 in 2005
Championship titles
2005 1

Yasuyuki Kazama (風間靖幸 Kazama Yasuyuki?, born 1 February 1970, Nagano, Japan) is a drifting driver from Japan.

Kazama was first introduced to drifting at age 17 when he watched Gengo-San, who later became his spotter and mentor, drifting on a touge.[1]

As soon as he got his driving licence he began drifting in his Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 with the proceeds of his job in a filling station. He later escaped death when his car slid down underneath a crash barrier and fell 30 feet down the mountain.[2]

He later made a name for himself in drifting contests, driving a Nissan Silvia S14, and became one of the first drivers to use a S15 for drifting and was heavily in debt until his patience paid off when he was sponsored by Kei Office, a tuning company which was owned by Keiichi Tsuchiya whom he later worked for as a mechanic. From when he first started in D1GP series at the end of 2000, he had moderate success, but when he teamed up with Gengo, things started to pay off when he took up a runner-up spot at round 6 in 2003 and then won his first event in round 1 in Irwindale and took four other wins and a title in 2005 only beating Masao Suenaga by 1 point.

He is known as Waku Waku Kun or Rodeo Clown due to his reputation as a clown within the series and his being well known for his Rodeo Drift, a form of doughnutting by sitting on the driver's door of the car which he first practiced at the Big-X events, then later at D1GP pre-tsuiou rounds warm-ups in 2004 when he changed the side windows of his car to make it possible to perform the trick. Even though his previous employer Tsuchiya sold off his company in early 2005, he still continued to work at Tsuchiya's then-new company, DG-5 in mid-2005, up until 2007. Kazama also owns his own shop called Rodextyle. Kazama is also known in the United Kingdom for his only mainstream TV appearance outside Japan in the BBC2 show Top Gear, in which he teaches Richard Hammond drifting in a stock Vauxhall Monaro VX-R. As with the rising popularity of the drifting scene there, he has made two appearances in both Autocar in April 2006, driving a Caterham Seven and February 2007 issue of the Octane.[3][1]

Drifting results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2001 Nissan Silvia S15 EBS
9
NIK
3
BHH
TAN
EBS
TAN
NIK
TAN
11 22
2002 Kei Office Nissan Silvia S15 BHH
DNQ
EBS
2
EBS
TAN
SGO
TAN
TKB
TAN
SEK
DNQ
NIK
TAN
17 18
2003 Kei Office Nissan Silvia S15 TKB
DNQ
BHH
16
SGO
10
FUJ
8
EBS
2
SEK
16
TKB
16
12 26
2004 Kei Office Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
1
SGO
1
EBS
8
APS
4
ODB
8
EBS
16
TKB
8
4 72
2005 Kei Office Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
1
ODB
3
SGO
1
APS
5
EBS
1
FUJ
16
TKB
7
1 97
2006 Team M.O.V.E. Nissan Silvia S15 IRW
1
SGO
16
FUJ
1
APS
3
EBS
16
SUZ
16
FUJ
6
IRW
2
3 91

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.d1gp.co.uk D1GP UK official site
  2. ^ Max Power (magazine), June 2005
  3. ^ Octane February 2007

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ryuji Miki
D1 Grand Prix Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Nobushige Kumakubo