Racing Project Bandoh

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Japan Racing Project Bandoh
Yuhi Sekiguchi 2014 Super GT Suzuka Race.jpg
FoundedDecember 7, 1990 (1990-12-07)
Founder(s)Masaaki Bando
BaseMachida, Tokyo Onoji-cho, 1059
Team principal(s)Masataka Bando
Current seriesSuper GT
Former seriesJTCC, JGTC
Current driversYuhi Sekiguchi, Yuji Kunimoto
Teams'
Championships
2 (JGTC, 1997/GT300, 2009)
Drivers'
Championships
2 (JGTC, 1997/GT300, 2009)
Websitewww.bandohracing.com

Racing Project Bandoh Ltd. is a Japanese racing team competing in the Super GT series.

Racing History[edit]

#19 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus SC430 at Fuji Speedway in 2011

Created in 1990 by Masaaki Bando, Racing Project Bandoh raced in the All Japan Touring Car Championship from 1987 (as an earlier organization created by Bando until 1990) to 1997[1] and entered the Japanese Grand Touring Championship in 1997, competing with a Nissan Silvia S14 in the GT300 class winning five consecutive podiums. In the teams first year of competition, drivers Hideo Fukuyama and Manabu Orido won the GT300 class championship. The next year Bandoh switched to a Toyota Celica, but could not recreate the success of the previous year, taking no podiums with driver Manabu Orido placing second in the drivers' championship. Racing Project Bandoh won the first race of the season at the Suzuka GT 300, and ended the season with drivers Takahiko Hara and Manabu Orido taking third in the drivers championship. Three points behind the winner, Morio Nitta. Bandoh would win one race in 2000 at Sportsland SUGO, and one race in 2001 at Twin Ring Motegi.

2003 brought more success for the team after changing to a new Toyota Celica mid-way through the season, taking wins at Mt. Fuji and Suzuka and drivers Takayuki Aoki and Minoru Tanaka finishing fourth in the championship. Bandoh won one race at Sportsland SUGO in 2004.

It was not until 2007 that Racing Project Bandoh would achieve victory again, winning the fifth round of the season at Sportsland SUGO. In 2008 the team won the seventh round of the season at Motegi. The same year Masaaki Bando's son Masataka Bando took over operations of the team after Masaaki Bando was appointed as the chairman of the Super GT series.[2] The following year in 2009 drivers Manabu Orido and Tatsuya Kataoka in a Lexus IS350 took five podiums including one win. As a result, Racing Project Bandoh won both the team and drivers championship by 3 points over Nobuteru Taniguchi and Ryo Orime in the GT300 class.[3]

In 2011 Racing Project Bandoh moved to the GT500 class competing in a Lexus SC430 under the name LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH.[4]

In 2015 and 2016 The team fielded both a Lexus RC F in the GT500 class and a Toyota 86 in the GT300 class in conjunction with UP GARAGE.

Racing Project Bandoh has long been associated with the team's main sponsor WedsSport, a Japanese aftermarket wheel manufacturer.

Results[edit]

Year Class Car Drivers Drivers' rankings
1997 GT300 RS☆R Nissan Silvia S14 Japan Manabu Orido / Japan Hideo Fukuyama 1st
1998 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Manabu Orido / Italy Max Angelelli / Japan Katsumi Yamamoto 2nd
1999 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Manabu Orido / Japan Takahiko Hara 3rd
2000 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Wakisaka KaoruHajime / Japan Takahiko Hara 6th
2001 GT300 WedsSport Toyota MR-S Japan Tanaka Minoru / Japan Satoshi Goto 8th
2002 GT300 WedsSport Toyota MR-S Japan Tanaka Minoru / Japan Satoshi Goto 12th
2003 GT300 WedsSport Toyota MR-S (Round 2) Japan Takayuki Aoki / Japan Tanaka Minoru 4th
WedsSport Toyota Celica (Round 3)
2004 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Takayuki Aoki / Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi 5th
2005 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Hiroki Kato / Japan Nobuteru Taniguchi 7th
2006 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Koji Matsuda / Japan Shigekazu Wakisaka 10th
2007 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica Japan Akira Iida / Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 10th
2008 GT300 WedsSport Toyota Celica (Round 2) Japan Manabu Orido / Japan Tsubasa Abe / Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 12th
WedsSport Lexus IS350 (Round 3)
2009 GT300 WedsSport Lexus IS350 Japan Manabu Orido / Japan Tatsuya Kataoka 1st
2010 GT300 WedsSport Lexus IS350 Japan Manabu Orido / Japan Tatsuya Kataoka 8th
2011 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus SC430 Japan Tatsuya Kataoka / Japan Seiji Ara 13th
2012 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus SC430 Japan Seiji Ara / Portugal Andre Couto / Scotland Marino Franchitti 9th
2013 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus SC430 Japan Seiji Ara / Portugal Andre Couto 13th
2014 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus RC F Japan Juichi Wakisaka / Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 15th
2015 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus RC F Japan Juichi Wakisaka / Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 11th
GT300 UP GARAGE BANDOH Toyota 86 Japan Yuki Nakayama / Estonia Marko Asmer / JapanYuji Ide 25th
2016 GT500 WedsSport ADVAN Lexus RC F Japan Yuji Kunimoto / Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi 4th
GT300 UP GARAGE BANDOH Toyota 86 Japan Yuhki Nakayama / JapanShinnosuke Yamada 14th

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RACING PROJECT BANDOH -SPONSOR COLLECTION-". www.bandohracing.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  2. ^ "RACING PROJECT BANDOH -COMPANY-". www.bandohracing.com. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  3. ^ "SUPERGT.net | 2009 Point Ranking". supergt.net. Retrieved 2016-03-14.
  4. ^ "Tandds | SUPER GT OFFICIAL WEBSITE". supergt.net. Retrieved 2016-03-14.