Atsushi Kuroi

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Atsushi Kuroi
Nationality  Japan
Born (1969-03-30)30 March 1969
Died 1 February 2010(2010-02-01) (aged 40)
Related to (list of notable relatives with line breaks)
D1 Grand Prix career
Debut season 2001
Current team River Side
Wins 1
Best finish 13th in 2006
Previous series
(previous series with line breaks)
Championship titles
(championship titles)

Atsushi Kuroi (黒井敦史?, Kuroi Atsushi, 30 March 1969 – 2 February 2010, Osaka) was a Japanese professional drifting driver who competed in the D1 Grand Prix series for Team Toyo with River Side. He died on 2 February 2010 during the evening due to a motorcycle accident.[1]

He loved cars from an early age and dreamed of getting his license, when he did the first car he got was a four-wheel drive as he was into WRC at the time. He enjoyed dirt driving but ran out of money for repairs to his car so he bought a Nissan Silvia (S13) and turned to drifting. He practiced a lot but as he mainly did it alone he couldn't tell whether he was any good, so he studied the drift bible and some other books on drifting to try to improve. Though he never knew whether he was any good until he began competing against other people. He was the manager of the River Side Tuning Garage in the Osaka prefecture, so he sponsored himself.

He competed in the D1 Grand Prix series since it began in 2001, until his death before the 2010 season. He always used a Nissan Silvia (S13) as he loved the way they drift. The Silvias he used in the D1GP are not usual, his old one had an RB26 from a Nissan Skyline GT-R and his current car has a 1JZ from a Toyota Chaser, as he liked the bigger displacement engines.

Death[edit]

On the evening of 1 February 2010 Kuroi was hit by another vehicle while travelling home from work on his motorcycle. Kuroi later died in the hospital after bleeding to death from injuries to his thigh.[2]

A memorial for Kuroi was featured at the Osaka Auto Messe.[3]

Complete Drifting Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2001 Nissan Silvia PS13 EBS
NIK
DNQ
BHH
DNQ
EBS
DNQ
NIK
0
2002 Nissan Silvia PS13 BHH
TAN
EBS
DNQ
EBS
DNQ
SGO
TAN
0
Nissan 180SX RPS13 TKB
DNQ
SEK
NIK
2003 River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 TKB
TAN
BHH
DNQ
SGO
DNQ
FUJ
TAN
EBS
DNQ
SEK
TKB
DNQ
0
2004 River Side Nissan 180SX RPS13 IRW
7
EBS
9
16 14
River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 SGO
TAN
APS
16
ODB
TAN
EBS
DNQ
TKB
10
2005 River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 IRW
ODB
DNQ
SGO
DNQ
APS
DNQ
EBS
DNQ
FUJ
DNQ
TKB
16
32 1
2006 River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 IRW
16
SGO
2
FUJ
TAN
APS
16
EBS
TAN
SUZ
16
FUJ
10
IRW
16
13 26
2007 River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 EBS
TAN
FUJ
1
SUZ
14
SGO
TAN
EBS
12
APS
12
FUJ
13
13 26
2008 River Side / Toyo Tires Nissan Silvia PS13 EBS
TAN
FUJ
6
SUZ
2
OKY
TAN
APS
9
EBS
FUJ
8 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jesus Rodriguez (2 February 2010). "D1GP Driver Atsushi Kuroi Dead at Age 40". Zimbio. Archived from the original on 30 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Farewell, Atsushi Kuroi". Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  3. ^ http://noriyaro.com/?p=4637

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