Keisuke Kunimoto

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Keisuke Kunimoto
NationalityJapan Japanese
South Korea South Korean
Born (1989-01-09) January 9, 1989 (age 29)
Related toYoshihiro Ri/Lee Ho-Gwang
(李好廣/이호광) (father)
Yuji Kunimoto (brother)
Formula Renault 3.5 Series career
Debut season2009
Current teamEpsilon Euskadi
Car no.16
Starts21
Wins0
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish22nd in 2010
Previous series
2009
2008
2008
2006–07
2005
Formula Nippon
All-Japan Formula Three
Super GT
Formula Challenge Japan
Formula Toyota
Championship titles
2007Formula Challenge Japan
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2009
TeamsNAVI Team Goh
Best finishDNF
Class wins0

Keisuke Kunimoto (国本 京佑, Kunimoto Keisuke, born January 9, 1989 in Yokohama), birth name: Lee Gyeong-Woo (Korean: 이경우, Hanja: 李京佑), is a Japanese/Zainichi Korean race car driver who races with Japanese racing license.[1][2]

His father, Yoshihiro Ri, also known as Yoshihiro Kunimoto, is the 1983 All Japan Karting Champion, and his uncle, Yoshihiko Ri, won same karting championship twice in 1980 and 1981. His mother is Japanese. His younger brother, Yuji, is also a race car driver.

Racing career[edit]

Kunimoto began karting in 2001 when he was 12. After winning the All Japan Karting Championship FA Class in 2004, he entered Formula Toyota Racing School and took scholarship of Toyota. He began his car racing career in the 2005 Formula Toyota season, at the seventh round of the season in Tsukuba.

He competed in Formula Toyota and Formula Challenge Japan in 2006 and 2007, and won the championship of Formula Challenge Japan with three wins and ended runner-up in Formula Toyota in 2007.

In 2008, he raced in the All-Japan Formula Three for TOM'S and in the Super GT for apr, as a Toyota young Drivers Program (TDP) driver. He finished runner-up in the first Formula Three season.

2008 Macau Grand Prix[edit]

Keisuke Kunimoto driving the Dallara F308 TOM'S Toyota in the 2008 Macau Grand Prix.

At the end of the season, Kunimoto went to Macau with TOM'S and won the Macau F3 Grand Prix, becoming the second Japanese driver to win the race after Takuma Sato.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series[edit]

Kunimoto joined Epsilon Euskadi for the last two Formula Renault 3.5 Series rounds of the 2009 season. He replaced Spaniard Dani Clos in the team's line-up at the Nürburgring and at the season finale at the new Ciudad del Motor de Aragón circuit.[3]

He returned with the team for the 2010 season, partnering 2009 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion Albert Costa.[4]

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2009 Japan Navi Team Goh Japan Seiji Ara
Germany Sascha Maassen
Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 339 DNF DNF

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2009 Epsilon Euskadi CAT
1
CAT
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
HUN
1
HUN
2
SIL
1
SIL
2
BUG
1
BUG
2
ALG
1
ALG
2
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

13
ALC
1

17
ALC
2

21
32nd 0
2010 Epsilon Euskadi ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

14
SPA
1

15
SPA
2

16
MON
1

18
BRN
1

5
BRN
2

Ret
MAG
1

16
MAG
2

18
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

15
HOC
1

12
HOC
2

13
SIL
1

12
SIL
2

13
CAT
1

11
CAT
2

18
22nd 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ A1グランプリ韓国代表は在日3世のイ・キョンウ (in Japanese). joins.com. 2008-02-03. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  2. ^ "A1팀코리아, F3 월드 챔피언 이경우 선수 영입" (in Korean). A1 Team Korea. 2008-02-04. Archived from the original on 2009-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-04.
  3. ^ English, Steven (2009-09-14). "Kunimoto to join Epsilon for two races". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved 2009-09-14.
  4. ^ "Epsilon Euskadi announces World Series 2010 drivers' line up". Epsilon Euskadi. Consultec. 2010-02-22. Archived from the original on 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2010-03-07.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yuhi Sekiguchi
Formula Challenge Japan
Champion

2007
Succeeded by
Yuji Kunimoto
Preceded by
Oliver Jarvis
Macau Grand Prix
Winner

2008
Succeeded by
Edoardo Mortara