1996 Formula Nippon Championship

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1996 Formula Nippon
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The 1996 Formula Nippon Championship was the first season under the name Formula Nippon; before 1996, the category was named Japanese Formula 3000. This season was contested over 10 rounds. 15 different teams, 28 different drivers, 3 different chassis and 3 different engines competed. Ralf Schumacher won the category, winning three races.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team # Driver Chassis Engine Tyre Rounds
Kamome Service Racing Team with Impul
Calsonic Racing Team with Impul
1 Japan Toshio Suzuki Lola T96/94
Lola T96/52
Mugen MF308 B All
19 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Lola T96/95
Lola T96/52
All
Team Anabuki Dome with Mugen
Team avex Dome with Mugen
2 Japan Katsumi Yamamoto Dome F104i Mugen MF308 B All
8 Japan Shinji Nakano All
Team 5ZIGEN 5 Italy Marco Apicella Reynard 95D
Reynard 96D
Judd KV2 Y All
6 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada Lola T95/50
Reynard 96D
All
Advan Pal Checkers 7 Japan Masami Kageyama Lola T95/50 Judd KV2 Y All
17 Japan Taichiro Oonishi Lola T94/50 Mugen MF308 All
Shionogi Team Nova 9 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Lola T96/51 Mugen MF308 B All
10 Argentina Norberto Fontana All
Slim Beauty House Cerumo 12 Japan Yukihiro Hane Lola T94/50 Mugen MF308 B All
Nihon Lead Yamada 15 Japan Masao Yamada Lola T94/50 Mugen MF308 Y 1–5, 7–8, 10
Japan Tetsuya Tanaka 6, 9
Kanagawa Clinic Stellar 20 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert-Scott Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 B All
21 Germany Michael Krumm Reynard 96D All
X Japan Racing Team LeMans 24 Japan Naoki Hattori Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 B All
25 Germany Ralf Schumacher All
Navi Connection Racing Team 27 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Reynard 96D Mugen MF308 B All
28 Japan Masahiko Kondo Reynard 94D
Reynard 95D
1–7, 9–10
Denmark Tom Kristensen 8
Art Brilliant Gullwing 30 Japan Eiichi Tajima Lola T94/50 Mugen MF308 B All
31 Japan Hideki Okada Lola T95/50 All
Funai Super Aguri 55 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Reynard 95D Mugen MF308 B All
56 Japan Satoshi Motoyama All
PIAA Nakajima Racing 64 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Reynard 97D Mugen MF308 B All
65 Japan Takuya Kurosawa All
Asahi Kiko Sports 72 Japan Atsushi Kawamoto Lola T93 Cosworth DFV B All
73 Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka All

Race calendar and results[edit]

Race No Track Country Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Fastest Race Lap
1 Suzuka  Japan 28 April 1996 34 5.864=199.376 km 1'01:47.773 193.581 km/h Kazuyoshi Hoshino Toranosuke Takagi Michael Krumm
2 Mine  Japan 12 May 1996 62 3.239=200.818 km 1'22:15.253 146.486 km/h Ralf Schumacher Michael Krumm Norberto Fontana
3 Fuji  Japan 26 May 1996 45 4.470=201.15 km 1'03:40.066 189.562 km/h Norberto Fontana Ralf Schumacher Norberto Fontana
4 Tokachi  Japan 23 June 1996 38 5.100=193.8 km 1'09:32.702 167.201 km/h Ralf Schumacher Toranosuke Takagi Michael Krumm
5 Suzuka  Japan 7 July 1996 35 5.864=205.241 km 1'03:28.642 193.998 km/h Toranosuke Takagi Toranosuke Takagi Shinji Nakano
6 Sugo  Japan 4 August 1996 54 3.704=200.016 km 1'05:18.450 183.761 km/h Toranosuke Takagi Toranosuke Takagi Toranosuke Takagi
7 Fuji  Japan 1 September 1996 45 4.470=201.15 km 0'59:22.324 203.277 km/h Naoki Hattori Naoki Hattori Norberto Fontana
8 Mine  Japan 15 September 1996 62 3.239=200.818 km 1'19:35.895 151.374 km/h Ralf Schumacher Toshio Suzuki Katsutomo Kaneishi
9 Suzuka  Japan 29 September 1996 35 5.864=205.241 km 1'02:50.115 195.980 km/h Naoki Hattori Ralf Schumacher Shinji Nakano
10 Fuji  Japan 20 October 1996 45 4.470=201.15 km 1'13:56.568 163.221 km/h Katsutomo Kaneishi Kazuyoshi Hoshino Shinji Nakano

Standings[edit]

For every race points were awarded: 10 points to the winner, 6 for runner-up, 4 for third place, 3 for fourth place, 2 for fifth place and 1 for sixth place. No additional points were awarded. No driver had a point deduction.

Driver's championship[edit]

Rank Driver SUZ MIN FUJ TOK SUZ SUG FUJ MIN SUZ FUJ Points
1 Germany Ralf Schumacher 3 1 19 1 4 Ret Ret 1 4 Ret 40
2 Japan Naoki Hattori 8 Ret 2 3 3 8 1 3 1 Ret 38
3 Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino 1 Ret 3 4 5 2 Ret Ret 2 Ret 31
4 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Ret 3 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret Ret 6 Ret 25
5 Argentina Norberto Fontana 14 2 1 Ret 8 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret 22
6 Japan Shinji Nakano 2 13 Ret 9 6 7 3 2 9 4 20
7 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi 6 Ret 4 5 7 Ret 4 Ret Ret 1 19
8 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 5 7 6 6 Ret 11 6 Ret 5 2 13
9 Japan Takuya Kurosawa Ret 8 15 7 2 5 8 5 8 Ret 10
10 Japan Satoshi Motoyama 7 Ret 5 17 12 3 5 6 Ret DNS 9
11 Japan Masami Kageyama 10 5 Ret 2 17 15 9 11 Ret Ret 8
12 Japan Toshio Suzuki 18 Ret 12 11 9 10 7 4 3 Ret 7
13 United Kingdom Andrew Gilbert Scott Ret Ret 7 14 Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret 5 5
14 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 12 Ret 9 7 3 4
14 Germany Michael Krumm 4 6 11 16 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4
16 Italy Marco Apicella 12 4 8 8 14 13 12 Ret 10 Ret 3
17 Japan Katsumi Yamamoto 9 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 Ret 10 Ret Ret 1
17 Japan Masahiko Kondo Ret 9 16 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret 6 1
 – Japan Atsushi Kawamoto Ret 11 Ret 15 19 16 13 Ret Ret 7 0
 – Denmark Tom Kristensen 8 0
 – Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada Ret Ret 9 Ret 10 14 10 12 Ret Ret 0
 – Japan Hideki Okada 11 Ret 17 10 20 Ret 11 10 Ret DNS 0
 – Japan Taichiro Ohnishi 15 10 14 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 0
 – Japan Eiichi Tajima 13 12 13 12 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 0
 – Japan Yukihiro Hane 16 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 16 13 12 Ret 0
 – Japan Tetsuya Tanaka Ret 13 0
 – Japan Tetsuji Tamanaka 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret NC 0
 – Japan Masao Yamada DNQ DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ 15 DNQ Ret 0
Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points 10 6 4 3 2 1
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Team's championship[edit]

Rank Team Car SUZ MIN FUJ TOK SUZ SUG FUJ MIN SUZ FUJ Points
1 X-Japan Le Mans 24 8 Ret 2 3 3 8 1 3 1 Ret 78
25 3 1 19 1 4 Ret Ret 1 4 Ret
2 Team Impul 1 18 Ret 12 11 9 10 7 4 3 Ret 38
19 1 Ret 3 4 5 2 Ret Ret 2 Ret
3 PIAA Nakajima 64 Ret 3 Ret Ret 1 1 Ret Ret 6 Ret 35
65 Ret 8 15 7 2 5 8 5 8 Ret
4 Shionogi Nova 9 5 7 6 6 Ret 11 6 Ret 5 2 35
10 14 2 1 Ret 8 Ret 2 Ret 11 Ret
5 Funai Super Aguri 55 6 Ret 4 5 7 Ret 4 Ret Ret 1 35
56 7 Ret 5 17 12 3 5 6 Ret DNS
6 Mugen Dome 2 9 Ret 10 Ret Ret 6 Ret 10 Ret Ret 21
8 2 13 Ret 9 6 7 3 2 9 4
7 Kanagawa Clinic Stellar 20 Ret Ret 7 14 Ret 4 Ret 7 Ret 5 9
21 4 6 11 16 11 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret
8 Pal Checkers 7 10 5 Ret 2 17 15 9 11 Ret Ret 8
17 15 10 14 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret
9 Navi Connection 27 Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 12 Ret 9 7 3 5
28 Ret 9 16 13 Ret Ret 14 8 Ret 6
10 5Zigen 5 12 4 8 8 14 13 12 Ret 10 Ret 3
6 Ret Ret 9 Ret 10 14 10 12 Ret Ret
 – Asahi Kiko Sports 72 Ret 11 Ret 15 19 16 13 Ret Ret 7 0
73 17 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret NC
 – Art Brilliant Gullwing 30 13 12 13 12 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 0
31 11 Ret 17 10 20 Ret 11 10 Ret DNS
 – Slim Beauty House Cerumo 12 16 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret 16 13 12 Ret 0
 – Nihon Lead Yamada 15 DNQ DNQ 18 DNQ DNQ Ret 15 DNQ 13 Ret 0
Scoring system
Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Points 10 6 4 3 2 1
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R=retired NC=not classified NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify

Place Name Country Team Chassis Engine Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan Japan
1 Ralf Schumacher  Germany Team LeMans Reynard Mugen Honda 10 3 8 1 1 19 4 1 8 4 8 R 8 R 3 1 1 4 9 R
2 Naoki Hattori  Japan Team LeMans Reynard Mugen Honda 9 8 10 R 2 2 5 3 2 3 16 8 1 1 7 3 2 1 3 R
3 Kazuyoshi Hoshino  Japan Team Impul Lola Mugen Honda 2 1 4 R 5 3 18 4 4 5 3 2 4 R 6 R 4 2 1 R
4 Toranosuke Takagi  Japan Nakajima Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 1 R 5 3 10 R 1 R 1 1 1 1 2 R 19 R 3 6 4 R
5 Norberto Fontana  Argentina Team Nova Lola Mugen Honda 16 14 11 2 4 1 8 R 22 8 15 R 6 2 8 R 17 11 11 R
6 Shinji Nakano  Japan Dome Mugen Dome Mugen 4 2 22 13 3 R 10 9 13 6 14 7 3 3 4 2 21 9 5 4
7 Katsutomo Kaneishi  Japan Super Aguri Reynard Mugen Honda 13 6 17 R 8 4 11 5 12 7 6 R 14 4 5 R 11 R 7 1
8 Pedro de la Rosa  Spain Team Nova Lola Mugen Honda 11 5 3 7 7 6 9 6 7 R 9 11 5 6 2 R 6 5 14 2
9 Takuya Kurosawa  Japan Nakajima Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 18 R 18 8 15 15 2 7 3 2 7 5 10 8 12 5 7 8 8 R
10 Satoshi Motoyama  Japan Super Aguri Reynard Mugen Honda 15 7 9 R 14 5 19 17 10 12 4 3 7 5 9 6 12 R 2 NS
11 Masami Kageyama  Japan Advan Sport Pal Lola Mugen Honda 14 10 12 5 11 R 7 2 16 17 11 15 20 9 15 11 13 R 18 R
12 Toshio Suzuki  Japan Team Impul Lola Mugen Honda 5 18 2 R 18 12 3 11 6 9 12 10 13 7 1 4 5 3 13 R
13 Andrew Gilbert Scott  United Kingdom Stellar International Reynard Mugen Honda 21 R 19 R 17 7 13 14 9 R 2 4 23 R 13 7 15 R 15 5
14 Michael Krumm  Germany Stellar International Reynard Mugen Honda 3 4 1 6 19 11 6 16 17 11 10 9 16 R 18 R 14 R 17 R
Masahiko Kageyama  Japan Navi Connection Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 8 R 15 R 12 R 16 R 5 16 13 12 9 R 16 9 8 7 12 3
16 Marco Apicella  Italy Team 5Zigen Reynard Judd 12 12 6 4 6 8 17 8 24 14 26 13 11 12 11 R 9 10 10 R
17 Karsumi Yamamoto  Japan Dome Mugen Dome Mugen 7 9 13 R 13 10 15 R 15 R 5 6 12 R 20 14 10 R 16 R
Masahiko Kondo  Japan Navi Connection Racing Reynard Mugen Honda 20 R 21 9 22 16 22 13 20 R 17 R 19 14 - - 20 R 19 6
- Atsushi Kawamoto  Japan Asahi Kiko Sports Lola Cosworth 22 R 20 11 24 R 21 15 19 19 21 16 22 13 24 R 19 R 20 7
- Tom Kristensen  Denmark Navi Connection Racing Reynard Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 8 - - - -
- Hidetoshi Mitsusada  Japan Team 5Zigen Lola Judd 6 R 16 R 9 9 14 R 11 10
Team 5Zigen Reynard Judd 22 14 15 10 17 12 16 R 6 R
- Hideki Okada  Japan Team Gullwing Lola Mugen Honda 17 11 7 R 16 17 12 10 14 20 18 R 18 11 21 10 24 R 21 NS
- Taichiro Oonishi  Japan Advan Sport Pal Lola Mugen Honda 23 15 24 10 21 14 23 R 21 15 24 R 24 R 23 R 23 14 24 R
- Eiichi Tajima  Japan Team Gullwing Lola Mugen Honda 19 13 14 12 20 13 20 12 18 18 20 R 21 R 22 R 26 R 22 NS
- Yukihiro Hane  Japan Team Cerumo Lola Mugen Honda 24 16 23 R 23 R 24 R 23 13 19 R 17 16 14 13 18 12 23 R
- Tetsuya Tanaka  Japan Nihon Lead Yamada Lola Mugen Honda - - - - - - - - - - 23 R - - - - 22 13 - -
- Tetsuji Tamanaka  Japan Asahi Kiko Sports Lola Cosworth 25 17 25 R 25 R 25 R 25 R 25 R 25 R 25 15 25 R 25 NC
- Masao Yamada  Japan Nihon Lead Yamada Lola Mugen Honda 26 NQ 26 NQ 26 18 26 NQ 26 NQ - - 26 15 26 NQ - - 26 R

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