1987 Suzuka 500 km

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The Suzuka 500 km, was the opening round of the 1987 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship was held at the Suzuka Circuit, on 12 April, in front of a crowd of approximately 18,000.[1]



A total of 24 cars were entered for the event, across three classes ranging from Local Prototypes to Group C Prototypes.[2]


The pairing of Hideki Okada and Mike Thackwell took pole position for From A Racing, in their Porsche 962C ahead of the new partnership of Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Kenji Takahashi for Hoshino Racing, in their Nissan R87E, by just 0.42secs.[3]


The race was held over 85 laps of the Suzuka circuit, a distance of 500 km (actual distance was 502.519 km). Hideki Okada and Mike Thackwell took the winner spoils for From A Racing, driving their Porsche 962C. The pair won in a time of 2hr 57:25.959mins., averaging a speed of 106.206 mph. Second place went to Kunimitsu Takahashi and Kenny Acheson in the Advan Alpha Nova’s Porsche 962C who finished just 2.775 seconds adrift. Also, the lead lap, was the third placed Toyota 87C of Geoff Lees and Alan Jones.[4]


Race Result[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos. No. Class Driver Entrant Car - Engine Time, Laps Reason Out
1st 27 C Japan Hideki Okada New Zealand Mike Thackwell From A Racing Porsche 962C 2hr 57:25.959
2nd 1 C Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Northern Ireland Kenny Acheson Advan Alpha Nove Porsche 962C 2hr 57:28.734
3rd 36 C England Geoff Lees Australia Alan Jones Toyota Team TOM’s Toyota 87C 2hr 58:29.226
4th 16 C Denmark Kris Nissen Germany Volker Weidler Leyton House Racing Team Porsche 962C 84
5th 202 C Japan Takashi Yorino Republic of Ireland David Kennedy Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 84
6th 201 C Japan Yoshimi Katayama Japan Yojiro Terada Mazdaspeed Mazda 757 84
7th 2 C Japan Chiyomi Totani Japan Naoki Nagasaka Alpha Cubic Racing Team Porsche 962C 82
8th 32' C Japan Aguri Suzuki Japan Masahiro Hasemi Hasemi Motorsport Nissan R86V 80
9th 70 B Japan Seiichi Sodeyama Japan Syuuji Fujii Batsu Racing Team MCS Guppy-Mazda 75
10th 100 C Australia Vern Schuppan Japan Keiichi Suzuki Trust Racing Team Porsche 962C 75
11th 67 A Japan Yoshifumi Yamazaki Japan Masaki Oohashi West-Mazda 87S 74
12th 29 A Japan Norihiro Yamazaki Japan Kenji Mizuno Oscar-Mazda SK85 74
13th 48 A Japan Keiichi Mizutani Japan Motozou Fujikawa Oscar-Mazda SK85 73
14th 30 A Japan Isao Nakahira Japan Kenji Kuroki West-Mazda 87S 73
15th 6 A Japan Hideki Uemura Japan Yoshiyuki Ogura West-Mazda 85S 71
16th 38 C Sweden Eje Elgh United States Ross Cheever Dome Motorsport Dome Motorsport-Toyota 87C 71
17th 31 A Japan Nobuyoshi Horil Japan Hajime Kajiwara Horil Racing West-Mazda 83S II 71
18th 47 A Japan Seiji Imoto Japan Tadao Yamauchi Rev Racing Oscar-Mazda SK85 70
19th 35 A Japan Mitsutuka Hayakawa Japan Masatoshi Yamaguchi West-Mazda 83S II 70
20th 7 C Japan Osamu Nakako Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala Best House Racing Team LM-Toyota 07 63
DNF 50 C Japan Syuuroku Saski Japan Taku Akaike SARD SARD-Toyota MC87S 52 Driveshaft
DNF 8 C Japan Takao Wada Sweden Anders Olofsson Person’s Racing Team Nissan R86V 31 Oil Leak
DNF 23 C Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Japan Kenji Takahashi Hoshino Racing Nissan R87E 17 Drivesharft
DNF 9 A Japan Souichirou Tanaka Japan Hiroaki Ishii Katayama Racing Oscar-Mazda SK85 15 Retire
DNS 37 C England Geoff Lees Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM’s TOM’s-Toyota 87C Withdrawn