Akira Iida

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Akira Iida
Nationality Japanese
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1994-1996, 2000
Teams Team Kunimitsu Honda, TV Asahi Team Dragon
Best finish 8th (1995, 2000)
Class wins 1 (1995)

Akira Iida (Shinjitai: 飯田 章, Iida Akira, born 18 December 1969 in Sagamihara, Kanagawa) is a Japanese racing driver currently competing in the Super GT series in GT300 class with LM corsa (ja), one of the teams under Toyota Motorsport's GAZOO racing arm. Iida won the 2002 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship GT500 class with Esso Toyota Team LeMans, driving with Juichi Wakisaka. He also won 2013 Asian Le Mans Series GTE class driving for Team Taisan Ken Endless (ja).

Iida was also a presenter on the Japanese Best Motoring TV series.

Career[edit]

Iida has competed in Super GT since 1994; he has five career wins and also won the driver's title in 2002.

Iida has also driven in Formula 3000 and Formula Nippon.

Being experienced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Akira Iida did also participate in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring race as well as in VLN endurance races, winning his class twice with a Lexus LF-A.

On August 31, 2011, Iida recorded a lap time of 7:14.64 in a fully road-legal Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This marked a new fastest time for regular production cars, running on standard specification tyres.

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994 Germany Kremer Honda Racing
Japan Team Kunimitsu
Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 222 18th 9th
1995 Japan Team Kunimitsu Honda Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 275 8th 1st
1996 Japan Team Kunimitsu Honda Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 305 16th 3rd
2000 Japan TV Asahi Team Dragon Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Japan Masahiko Kondō
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 330 8th 7th
2002 Japan Team Taisan Advan Japan Atsushi Yogo
Japan Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 316 21st 3rd
2003 Japan Team Taisan Advan Japan Atsushi Yogo
Japan Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 304 19th 4th

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hironori Takeuchi
Yuji Tachikawa
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion (GT500)
2002 with:
Juichi Wakisaka
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Michael Krumm