1000 km Suzuka

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The 1000 km Suzuka (鈴鹿1000km) is an annual 1000-kilometer (620 mi) endurance race for sports cars held at the Suzuka Circuit (173 laps). It is the longest round of the Japanese Super GT championship, and the most prestigious race in the series.

The race was previously part of the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, the forerunner to Super GT, and later hosted a round of the 1992 World Sportscar Championship before these series were cancelled. After that the race became part of many different series, including the BPR Global GT Series from 1994 to 1996, the FIA GT Championship from 1997 to 1998, and the Super Taikyu endurance series. In 2006, the race was added to the Super GT calendar for the first time. Previously, the race was open to JGTC/Super GT cars, but only a handful of competitors from the Super GT championship took part.

The race length has varied over the years; the 2009 Super GT race was shortened to 700 km due to increasing costs and CO2 emissions regulations, as well as the economic crisis. The 700 km distance was retained in 2010, but as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Super GT energy conservation regulations in force that year, the race was cut to 500 km. From 2012, the race returned to being a 1000 kilometer event.

The current 1000 km event will be discontinued in 2017. It will be replaced by a 10-hour endurance event in 2018 for GT3 and JAF-GT cars, and will cease to be a round of the Super GT championship.[1]

Kunimitsu Takahashi holds the all-time record with four victories at this event (1973, 1984, 1985, 1989). In terms of active Super GT drivers, Daisuke Ito is the most successful driver with three victories.

Former 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Henri Pescarolo (1981), Vern Schuppan (1983), Stanley Dickens (1988–89), Derek Warwick (1992), Yannick Dalmas (1992), Masanori Sekiya (1987, 1995), JJ Lehto (1996), Benoît Tréluyer (2006), Andre Lotterer (2007), and Loïc Duval (2011) have also won the 1000 km Suzuka in years past, as well as thirty-time Le Mans entrant Bob Wollek, five-time 24 Hours Nürburgring winner Marcel Tiemann, 1989 Japanese Grand Prix winner Alessandro Nannini, and 2015 World Endurance Drivers' Champion Mark Webber.

List of winners[edit]

Year Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Series Length
1966 Japan Sachio Fukuzawa (ja)
Japan Tomohiko Tsutsumi (ja)
Toyota 2000GT Non-championship 1000 km
1967 Japan Shintaro Taki (ja)
Japan Kenjiro Tanaka
Porsche 906 Non-championship 1000 km
1968 Japan Sachio Fukuzawa (ja)
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
Toyota 7 Non-championship 1000 km
1969 Japan Tomohiko Tsutsumi (ja)
Japan Jiro Yoneyama
Porsche 906 Non-championship 1000 km
1970 Japan Kawakami Nishino
Japan Koji Fujita
Nissan Fairlady Z432 Non-championship 1000 km
1971 Japan Yoshimasa Kawaguchi
Japan Hiroshi Fushida
Porsche 910 Non-championship 1000 km
1972 Japan Harukuni Takahashi (ja)
Japan Kenichi Takeshita
Toyota Celica 1600GT-R Non-championship 1000 km
1973 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Tohira (ja)
Nissan Fairlady Z432R Non-championship 1000 km
1974-1979: Not Held
1980 Japan Hironobu Tatsumi
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
March 75S-Mazda Non-championship 1000 km
1981 France Bob Wollek
France Henri Pescarolo
Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K3 Non-championship 1000 km
1982 Japan Fumiyasu Sato
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
Japan Auto Beaurex Motor Sports BMW M1 Non-championship 1000 km
1983 Japan Naohiro Fujita
Australia Vern Schuppan
Japan Trust Racing Team Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1984 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Takahashi
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Advan Sport Team Nova Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1985 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Kenji Takahashi
Japan Advan Sport Team Nova Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1986 Japan Jiro Yoneyama
Japan Hideki Okada
Japan Tsunehisa Asai
Japan FromA Racing Porsche 956 JSPC 1000 km
1987 United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Japan Hitoshi Ogawa
Japan Toyota Team TOM's Toyota 87C (ja) JSPC 1000 km
1988 Japan Hideki Okada
Sweden Stanley Dickens
Japan FromA Racing Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1989 Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Sweden Stanley Dickens
Japan Advan Alpha Nova Racing Porsche 962C JSPC 1000 km
1990 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Nissan Motorsports Nissan R90CP JSPC 1000 km
1991 Austria Roland Ratzenberger
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel
Japan Naoki Nagasaka
Japan Toyota Team SARD Toyota 91C-V (ja) JSPC 1000 km
1992 United Kingdom Derek Warwick
France Yannick Dalmas
France Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 905 Evo 1B WSC 1000 km
1993 Japan Takao Wada
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Japan Team LeMans Nissan R92CP JGTC 1000 km
1994 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Bob Wollek
Spain Jesús Pareja
France Larbre Competition Porsche 911 Turbo S LM-GT BPR GT 1000 km
1995 United Kingdom Ray Bellm
Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala
Japan Masanori Sekiya
United Kingdom GTC Racing McLaren F1 GTR BPR GT 1000 km
1996 United Kingdom Ray Bellm
United Kingdom James Weaver
Finland JJ Lehto
United Kingdom Gulf Racing GTC McLaren F1 GTR BPR GT 1000 km
1997 Italy Alessandro Nannini
Germany Marcel Tiemann
Germany AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR FIA GT 1000 km
1998 Germany Bernd Schneider
Australia Mark Webber
Germany AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK LM FIA GT 1000 km
1999 Japan Osamu Nakako (ja)
Japan Ryo Michigami
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Japan Mugen x Dome Project Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2000 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi
Japan Daisuke Ito
Japan Mugen x Dome Project Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2001 Japan Hironori Takeuchi
Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka (ja)
Japan Toyota Team Cerumo Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2002 Japan Juichi Wakisaka
Japan Akira Iida
Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka (ja)
Japan Esso Toyota Team LeMans Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2003 Japan Ryo Michigami
France Sébastien Philippe
Japan Dome Racing Team Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2004 Japan Ryo Michigami
France Sébastien Philippe
Japan Daisuke Ito
Japan Dome Racing Team Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2005 Macau André Couto
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
Japan Denso Toyota Team SARD Toyota Supra GT500 Non-championship 1000 km
2006 France Benoît Tréluyer
Japan Kazuki Hoshino
France Jérémie Dufour (fr)
Japan Calsonic Team Impul Nissan Fairlady Z GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2007 Germany André Lotterer
Japan Juichi Wakisaka
United Kingdom Oliver Jarvis
Japan Houzan Toyota Team TOM's Lexus SC430 GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2008 Japan Tsugio Matsuda
France Sébastien Philippe
Japan Calsonic Team Impul Nissan GT-R GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2009 Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Kazuya Oshima
Japan Lexus Team Kraft Lexus SC430 GT500 Super GT 700 km
2010 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman
Japan Yuji Ide
Japan Takashi Kobayashi
Japan Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 700 km
2011 Japan Takashi Kogure
France Loïc Duval
Japan Weider Honda Racing Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 500 km
2012 Japan Masataka Yanagida
Italy Ronnie Quintarelli
Japan MOLA International Nissan GT-R GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2013 France Frédéric Makowiecki
Japan Naoki Yamamoto
Japan Weider Modulo Dome Racing Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2014 Japan Kazuki Nakajima
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Japan Lexus Team Petronas TOM's Lexus RC F GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2015 Japan Daisuke Ito
United Kingdom James Rossiter
Japan Lexus Team Petronas TOM's Lexus RC F GT500 Super GT 1000 km
2016 Japan Yuji Tachikawa
Japan Hiroaki Ishiura
Japan Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo Lexus RC F GT500 Super GT 1000 km

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