1988 Suzuka 500 km

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The Suzuka 500 km, was the second round of the 1988 All Japan Sports Prototype Championship was held at the Suzuka Circuit, on 10 April, in front of a crowd of approximately 24,000.[1]



A total of 26 cars were entered for the event, across three classes ranging from Local Prototypes to Group C Prototypes.[2]


The pairing of Vern Schuppan and George Fouché took pole position for Trust Racing Team, in their Porsche 962GTi ahead of the European partnership of Kenny Acheson and Emanuele Pirro for the Omron Racing Team, in their Porsche 962C, by over 1.06secs.[3]


The race was held over 86 laps of the Suzuka circuit, a distance of 500 km (actual distance was 503.911 km). Eje Elgh and Maurizio Sandro Sala took the winner spoils for the Rothmans Porsche Schuppan Team, driving their Porsche 962C. The pair won in a time of 2hr 59:12.876mins., averaging a speed of 93.726 mph. Second place went to Vern Schuppan and George Fouché in the Trust Racing Team’s Porsche 962GTi who finished about 20seconds adrift. Also, the lead lap, was the third placed Porsche 962CK6 of Kris Nissen and Harald Grohs.[4]


500km Suzuka[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos. No. Class Drivers Entrant Car — Engine Time, Laps Reason Out
1st 25 C Sweden Eje Elgh Brazil Maurizio Sandro Sala Rothmans Porsche Schuppan Team Porsche 962C 2:59:12.876
2nd 100 C Australia Vern Schuppan South Africa George Fouché Trust Racing Team Porsche 962GTi 2:59:32.386
3rd 16 C Denmark Kris Nissen Germany Harald Grohs Leyton House Racing Team Porsche 962CK6 3:00:31.704
4th 27 C Japan Hideki Okada Sweden Stanley Dickens From A Racing Porsche 962C 3:01:30.755
5th 37 C Sweden Stefan Johansson Italy Paolo Barilla Toyota Team Tom’s Toyota 88C 85
6th 23 C Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Japan Kenji Takahashi Nissan Motorsport Nissan R88C 84
7th 201 C Japan Yoshimi Katayama Japan Yojiro Tarada Japan Takashi Yorino Mazdaspeed Mazda 767 81
8th 151 B Japan Jirou Yoneyama Japan Hideo Fukuyama British Barn Racing Team JTK-Ford 63C 79
9th 32 C Japan Masahiro Hasemi Japan Aguri Suzuki Nissan Motorsport Nissan R88C 77
10th 50 C Japan Syuuroku Saski Japan Tsunehisa Asai SARD SARD-Toyota MC88S 76
11th 87 A Japan Yoshifumi Yamazaki Japan Masaki Oohashi Yoshifumi Yamazaki West-Mazda 87S 74
12th 48 A Japan Keiichi Mizutani Japan Norizaku Tomiyasu Gorou Suzuki Oscar-Mazda SK85 74
13th 77 A Japan Kazuo Ukita Japan Norihiro Takeda Japan Hiroshi Yonetani Kazuo Ukita Oscar-Mazda SK85 74
14th 230 C Japan Syuuji Fujii Japan Terumitsu Fujieda Shizumatsu Racing Mazda 757 71
15th 9 A Japan Keiichi Kosaka Japan Masayoshi Furuya Japan Souichirou Tanaka Keiichi Kosaka West-Mazda 85S 70
16th 14 A Japan Junji Okada Japan Mitsui Yamamoto RS Yamada West-Mazda 83S II 70
17th 30 A Japan Seiji Imoto Japan Seiji Imoto Japan Tadao Yamauchi Auto In'nan Oscar-Mazda 8II 68
DNF 36 C Japan Kiyotaka Nonomura Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota team TOM’S Toyota 88C 82 DNF
DNF 101 B Japan Masami Shirai Japan Syunji Abe Unicorn Racing MCS Guppy-Mazda 73
DNF 15 C Japan Naoki Nagasaka Japan Kaoru Hoshino Japan Masahiro Kageyama Leyton House Racing Team Porsche 962C 69 Suspension
DNF 1 C Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi Japan Kazuo Mogi Advan Alpha Nova Porsche 962C 58 Engine
DNF 6 A Japan Seiichi Sodeyama Japan Yoshiyuki Ogura West Racing Cars West-Mazda 87S 55 Engine
DNF 55 C Northern Ireland Kenny Acheson Italy Emanuele Pirro Omron Racing Team Porsche 962C 38 Engine
DNF 85 C Japan Takao Wada Sweden Anders Olofsson Person’s Racing Team March-Nissan 88S 31 Transmission
DNF 31 A Japan Nobuyoshi Horii Japan Tadao Shin’ya Japan Hajime Kajiwara Norii Racing Sport Oscar-Mazda SK85 13 Drive Shaft
DNF 3 C Sweden Steven Andskär England Andrew Gilbert-Scott Auto Beaurex Motorsport TOM’s-Toyota 86C 4 CV joint