Yojiro Terada

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Yojiro Terada
Nationality Japan Japanese
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1974, 1981-2008
Teams Mazda Automotive, Mazdaspeed, Lotus Sport, Team Artnature, T.D.R., Courage Compétition, Autoexe, Welter Racing, Binnie Motorsports, T2M Motorsport, Terramos
Best finish 7th (1995)
Class wins 4 (1983, 1988, 1990, 1996)
Yojiro Terada driving the T2M Motorsport Dome-Mader during the 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Yojiro Terada (寺田陽次郎 Terada Yōjirō?, born 26 March 1947) is a Japanese racing driver from Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. He is known for holding the record for the most participations in the 24 Hours of Le Mans without winning, having run on 29 occasions (28 of which were consecutive) since 1974. He is also third behind Henri Pescarolo and Bob Wollek for the drivers with the most participations.[1] His best overall finish was seventh in 1995, although he has had several class victories over the years.

He began his racing career in a Honda S600[2] in 1969, before he was taken on as Mazda's factory driver, a position he held through the 1990s including participating in the World Sportscar Championship and All Japan Sports Prototype Championship.

He also took class wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona on two occasions, including in the Mazda RX-7's debut race in 1979, scoring a GTU class win at fifth place overall.[3] The other occasion was a fourth place overall finish and a GTO class win in 1982.[4]

When he is not racing, he runs the Tokyo-based AutoExe (オートエクゼ) tuning business, specialising in tuning parts and accessories for Mazda.[5][6] and instructs on driving at NATS (Nihon Automobile High Technical School) [7]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1974 Japan Mazda Automotive Japan Yasuhiro Okamoto
Japan Harukuni Takahashi
Sigma MC74-Mazda S
3.0
155 NC NC
1981 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Hiroshi Fushida
United Kingdom Win Percy
Mazda RX-7 IMSA
GTO
25 DNF DNF
1982 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Takashi Yorino
Australia Allan Moffat
Mazda RX-7 IMSA
GTX
282 14th 6th
1983 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Takashi Yorino
Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Mazda 717C C Jr. 302 12th 1st
1984 Japan Mazdaspeed Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 727C C2 261 20th 6th
1985 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 737C C2 264 24th 6th
1986 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 757 GTP 59 DNF DNF
1987 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 757 GTP 34 DNF DNF
1988 Japan Mazdaspeed Republic of Ireland Dave Kennedy
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Mazda 757 GTP 337 15th 1st
1989 Japan Mazdaspeed Belgium Marc Duez
Germany Volker Weidler
Mazda 767 GTP 339 12th 3rd
1990 Japan Mazdaspeed Japan Yoshimi Katayama
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 767B GTP 304 20th 1st
1991 Japan Mazdaspeed
France Oreca
Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda 787 C2 346 8th 8th
1992 Japan Mazdaspeed
France Oreca
Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala
Japan Takashi Yorino
Mazda MXR-01 C1 124 DNF DNF
1993 United Kingdom Lotus Sport
United Kingdom Chamberlain Engineering
United Kingdom Peter Hardman
Denmark Thorkild Thyrring
Lotus Esprit S300 GT 92 DNF DNF
1994 Japan Team Artnature France Franck Fréon
France Pierre de Thoisy
Mazda RX-7 GTO IMSA
GTS
250 15th 2nd
1995 United States D.T.R.
Japan Mazdaspeed
United States Jim Downing
France Franck Fréon
Kudzu DG-3-Mazda WSC 282 7th 3rd
1996 Japan Mazdaspeed United States Jim Downing
France Franck Fréon
Kudzu DLM-Mazda LMP2 251 25th 1st
1997 United States Team D.T.R
Japan Mazdaspeed
United States Jim Downing
France Franck Fréon
Kudzu DLM-4-Mazda LMP 263 17th 6th
1998 France Courage Compétition France Franck Fréon
France Olivier Thévenin
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 300 16th 5th
1999 Japan Autoexe Motorsport France Franck Fréon
United Kingdom Robin Donovan
Autoexe LMP99-Ford LMP 74 DNF DNF
2000 France Rachel Welter France Richard Balandras
France Sylvain Boulay
WR LMP-Peugeot LMP675 266 26th 2nd
2001 France Gerard Welter France Stéphane Daoudi
France Jean-René de Fournoux
WR LMP01-Peugeot LMP675 245 19th 2nd
2002 Japan Autoexe Motorsport United States John Fergus
United States Jim Downing
Autoexe (WR) LMP-02-Mazda LMP675 5 DNF DNF
2003 France Rachel Welter France Olivier Porta
United Kingdom Gavin Pickering
WR LMP01-Peugeot LMP675 235 NC NC
2004 France Rachel Welter France Patrice Roussel
France Olivier Porta
WR LM2001-Peugeot LMP2 270 26th 2nd
2005 France Rachel Welter France Patrice Roussel
United States William Binnie
WR LMP04-Peugeot LMP2 233 NC NC
2006 United States Binnie Motorsports United States William Binnie
United Kingdom Allen Timpany
Lola B05/42-Zytek LMP2 326 13th 2nd
2007 Japan T2M Motorsport France Robin Longechal
Japan Yutaka Yamagishi
Dome S101.5-Mader LMP2 56 DNF DNF
2008 Japan Terramos Japan Hiroki Katoh
Japan Kazuho Takahashi
Courage LC70-Mugen LMP1 224 NC NC

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