Satoshi Motoyama

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Satoshi Motoyama
Satoshi Motoyama 2010 Motorsport Japan.jpg
Motoyama in 2010.
NationalityJapanese
Born (1971-03-04) 4 March 1971 (age 48)
Tokyo, Japan
Super GT career
Debut season1997 (GT500)
Current teamMOLA
Car no.46
Former teamsNismo, Impul, ARTA
Starts130
Wins16
Poles9
Fastest laps12
Previous series
1990–1995
1995-1997
1996-2008
1996
All-Japan F3
JTCC
Formula Nippon
JGTC GT300
Championship titles
1998, 2001, 2003 and 2005
2003-2004
2008
Formula Nippon

JGTC (GT500)
Super GT (GT500)
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years19981999, 2012, 2014
TeamsNismo/TWR
Best finish10th (1998)
Class wins0

Satoshi Motoyama (本山哲 - Motoyama Satoshi; born March 4, 1971) is a Japanese former professional racing driver, best known for racing in the Super GT Series, formerly known as the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC) as a factory driver for Nissan, and for racing in the Formula Nippon Championship (now known as the Super Formula Championship). He is a three-time champion of the GT500 class of Super GT, and a four-time Formula Nippon/Super Formula champion, making him one of the most successful Japanese racing drivers of all-time. On February 9, 2019, Motoyama announced his retirement as a GT500 driver, ending his top-flight racing career in Japan[1]. He was named as the Executive Advisor of the Nismo GT500 racing program the same day[2].

Career[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Motoyama began his karting career at 13 years old in 1984. He won the A1 class All-Japan Karting Championship in 1986, and the A2 class titles in 1987 and 1989.

Motoyama graduated from karts in 1990, taking part in the All-Japan Formula Three Championship. Motoyama enjoyed only limited success over his first three seasons, and in 1993 and 1994 he struggled to secure sponsorship and raced only part-time in the series. In 1995, Motoyama signed with Dome Racing and finished second in the championship to Pedro de la Rosa, winning one race as De la Rosa took victories in the other eight races that season.

Motoyama raced in the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC) from 1995 to 1997 during the Super Touring era. In 1997, Motoyama won three races and finished third in the championship driving for Nismo. But the season-ending race at Fuji Speedway was marred by controversy, when after he was hit by championship rival Osamu Nakako, Motoyama returned to the track and intentionally spun Nakako out and into the protective sponge barriers at the 100R corner. Motoyama was suspended for the final round of that year's Formula Nippon championship and the JGTC All-Star Race at Twin Ring Motegi, and fined ¥500,000.

JGTC/Super GT (1996-2018)[edit]

Motoyama made his debut in the All-Japan GT Championship in the third round of the 1996 season at Sendai Hi-Land Raceway, driving a GT300 class Nissan Silvia S14 owned by Kazuyoshi Hoshino. He took GT300 class pole position in his debut race, and also scored pole position in the fifth round at Sportsland Sugo.

For the 1997 season, Motoyama stepped up to the premier GT500 class, driving alongside Hoshino in the Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R for Team Impul. Motoyama switched teams for the 1998 season, partnering up with Aguri Suzuki and the new Autobacs Racing Team Aguri squad and co-driver Takeshi Tsuchiya. Motoyama finished 11th in the 1997 standings, and 12th in 1998.

In 1999, Motoyama, who had just won his first Formula Nippon championship, was promoted to the reigning champions at Nismo, driving the Pennzoil Skyline GT-R alongside defending series champion and Formula 1 veteran Érik Comas. In the fourth round of the season, Motoyama scored his first career GT500 victory at the Central Park Miné Circuit. Motoyama scored four podium finishes in total, and finished third in the Drivers' Championship as Comas went on to win his second straight GT500 title. Motoyama only missed the second round of the 1999 season at Fuji Speedway, as he was participating in a pre-qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans that same day. Motoyama moved back to Calsonic Team Impul in 2000, and had another solid year that included a second career win at Miné in the penultimate round of the year. He once again finished third in the championship with co-driver Hoshino.

In 2002, Motoyama moved back to Nismo having won his second Formula Nippon title. His new co-driver was German driver Michael Krumm. Motoyama and Krumm renewed their partnership in 2003 after a disappointing 2002 season, scoring points in all seven rounds that year, and podium finishes at TI Circuit Aida, Sugo, Fuji, and Suzuka Circuit. Despite not winning a race, Motoyama and Krumm's consistency in the #23 Xanavi Skyline GT-R was enough for them to become GT500 champions, clinching the championship with a third-place finish at Suzuka. By winning his first JGTC title, and the Formula Nippon title earlier in the year, Motoyama became only the second driver to win both championships in the same calendar year, joining 1997 "double champion" Pedro de la Rosa.

Motoyama was given a new car for his 2004 title defense, the new Nissan Fairlady Z33, which succeeded the Skyline GT-R as Nissan's flagship GT500 car. He also had a new co-driver in Richard Lyons. In their first race together at Nismo, and the first race for the new Nissan Z, Motoyama ended a four-year winless drought by winning the opening round at TI Circuit. Taking podium finishes at Sepang International Circuit and Twin Ring Motegi, plus a second win at the Autopolis circuit, Motoyama won back-to-back GT500 championships with Nismo. Motoyama won one race in each of the next three seasons, and continued to compete for championships in 2005 and in 2006, finishing third and sixth in the standings respectively.

2008 saw the introduction of the new R35 Nissan GT-R as Nissan's GT500 challenger, and Motoyama continued on with Nismo, with new co-driver Benoît Tréluyer. The duo led a 1-2 finish in the GT-R's Super GT debut at the opening round at Suzuka. They followed that up with a win at Okayama International Circuit, taking back-to-back wins to open the year. Though they struggled through the next few rounds with heavy success ballast, Motoyama and Tréluyer won their third race of the year at Autopolis, and went on to win the championship - making Motoyama the first three-time GT500 champion. Motoyama and Tréluyer won twice in 2009, at Fuji and at Sugo. The victory at Sugo was Motoyama's 12th career GT500 win, moving him ahead of Yuji Tachikawa for the all-time wins record. In 2010, Motoyama and Tréluyer failed to win a race for the first time, coming as close as two second-place finishes at Sepang, and at the Suzuka Summer Special in August.

In the final year of Motoyama and Tréluyer's partnership at Nismo, they won three races, at Fuji, Autopolis, and Motegi, and finished runner-up in the GT500 championship. The win at Autopolis was notable for Motoyama sprinting from 12th on the grid to the lead of the race in just 26 laps, in a race that they needed to win in order to keep their championship hopes alive going into the Motegi finale.

After switching from Nismo to two-time reigning GT500 champions MOLA in 2013, Motoyama claimed his last victory in the 2015 Buriram Super GT Race held at Chang International Circuit. At Sugo, he took his final career pole position. Reigning Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup champion Katsumasa Chiyo joined Motoyama at MOLA for the 2016 season, and the duo scored a podium finish on debut at Okayama, and another podium finish that year in the Suzuka 1000km, with Mitsunori Takaboshi replacing an injured Chiyo. At the fourth round of the 2017 season at Sugo, Motoyama took his final Super GT podium finish with a second place, notable for Motoyama's battle on the final corners of the final lap with Kohei Hirate. Motoyama and Chiyo remained together for 2018, this time driving for NDDP Racing with B-Max, who took over MOLA's entry in GT500. Motoyama drove his final race on November 11, 2018, at Twin Ring Motegi, finishing 9th.

Motoyama ended his Super GT career with 16 victories, third-most all-time behind Tsugio Matsuda and Yuji Tachikawa. He is one of four drivers to win the GT500 championship three or more times, joined in later years by Tachikawa, Juichi Wakisaka, and Ronnie Quintarelli. He took part in 183 races (including non-championship events such as the Fuji Sprint Cup and JGTC All-Star Races), and holds the record for the most starts and podium finishes in the GT500 class.

Formula Nippon (1996-2008)[edit]

Motoyama made his debut in the Formula Nippon Championship in 1996, driving for first-year team owner Aguri Suzuki and the new Funai Super Aguri team. He scored his first podium finish in the sixth round of the season at Sportsland Sugo, and started on the front row in the final round at Fuji Speedway before he was involved in a multi-car pileup on the first lap. He finished 10th in the championship in 1996 and 11th in 1997.

For 1998, Motoyama moved to Team Le Mans. He took his first career win at the second round at Central Park Miné Circuit, and his second win in the following round at Fuji, where he also recorded his first pole position. He won his third race at Miné in the eighth round of the season, and clinched his first Formula Nippon championship with a second-place finish in the penultimate round at Fuji. Motoyama returned to Team Le Mans the following year in 1999, taking another three victories and three pole positions. He went on to finish second in the championship standings to Tom Coronel.

In 2000, Motoyama changed teams to Team Impul, driving for Kazuyoshi Hoshino as he did in the JGTC. Motoyama finished a distant third in the championship behind Toranosuke Takagi, taking one win, two poles, and four podiums in the final four races. The 2001 season started with Motoyama taking three pole positions through the first four rounds, and a victory at Miné, but two retirements and a non-scoring finish saw him trail championship leader Naoki Hattori by 22 points after four races. However, Motoyama took victories in three of the following four rounds, taking the championship lead as Hattori began to struggle, and eventually clinching his second Formula Nippon title with a second-place finish at Motegi. In 2002, the first year in which Formula Nippon went to a spec chassis, Motoyama had another fantastic season, winning five out of the ten races that season. Despite winning more races than any other driver that year, Motoyama would end up losing the championship by just two points to Ralph Firman.

The 2003 season began with success and tragedy. Motoyama won the opening round at Suzuka Circuit, and won the following round at Fuji. Motoyama was unable to celebrate his win at Fuji, however, after he learned of his childhood friend Daijiro Kato suffering critical injuries in a crash during the 2003 MotoGP World Championship round at Suzuka[3]. On April 27, a week after Kato died of his injuries, Motoyama took his third consecutive win of the season at Miné. Motoyama took another victory in the sixth round at Sugo, and despite a late surge from his Impul teammate Benoît Tréluyer, Motoyama was able to clinch his third championship with a second-place finish in the penultimate round at Motegi. He joined his mentor Kazuyoshi Hoshino and former F1 driver Satoru Nakajima as only the third driver to win three or more Japanese top formula championships, and was the first driver in the Formula Nippon era to win three championships.

After testing for the Renault and Jordan Formula 1 teams in hopes of landing a race set, Motoyama returned to Formula Nippon in 2004, switching teams to Team 5ZIGEN. Motoyama only won once, in the sixth round of the season at Sugo, and finished sixth in the championship - his worst result since 1997. For 2005, Motoyama secured a transfer back to Team Impul, and returned to championship form by winning three races at Sugo, Suzuka, and in the penultimate round at Motegi, a win which clinched his fourth Formula Nippon championship, ahead of his Impul teammate Yuji Ide. Motoyama remained with Impul in 2006, but failed to win a race for the first time since 1997 as he finished fifth in the championship with four podiums. Motoyama returned to winning form in 2007, winning all three of the season's races held at Suzuka Circuit. His victory in the final round at Suzuka was the 27th win of his Formula Nippon career, and it would turn out to be his last.

Motoyama returned to Team Le Mans, the team for whom he won his first championship, for the 2008 season. He finished eleventh in the championship, with one podium finish in the second leg of a double-header round at Suzuka. On February 18, 2009, Motoyama announced on his website that he would not race in the 2009 Formula Nippon Championship[4], bringing an end to his career in Japanese top formula racing. Nearly nine years after his final race, Motoyama tested the Dallara SF14 at Sportsland Sugo on September 27, 2017. In March 2018, Motoyama took on his first team principal role in Super Formula, taking over the B-Max Racing Team prior to the start of the 2018 Super Formula Championship.

His four championships, 27 wins, and 21 pole positions are the most of any driver in the Formula Nippon/Super Formula era from 1996 to the present day. In the overall history of Japanese Top Formula racing, dating back to the inaugural 1973 All-Japan Formula 2000 Championship, Motoyama is second all-time in career victories to Kazuyoshi Hoshino, who won 39 races from 1974 to 1996[1].

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

Motoyama has competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times, making his debut in 1998 with NISMO and Tom Walkinshaw Racing in one of four factory Nissan R390 GT1s. Motoyama, Masami Kageyama, and Takuya Kurosawa drove the #33 JOMO R390 GT1 to a tenth-place overall finish, ninth in the GT1 category. Motoyama returned the following year in 1999 with NISMO, driving the new Nissan R391 Le Mans prototype. Motoyama and co-drivers Érik Comas and Michael Krumm ran as high as fourth place overall in the #22 R391, before retiring after 110 laps with an electrical issue.

After thirteen years away from Le Mans, Motoyama made his return in 2012, driving the Nissan-powered DeltaWing experimental prototype for Highcroft Racing alongside Krumm and Marino Franchitti. With six hours elapsed in the race, Motoyama was racing in heavy traffic after a safety car restart when he was hit by the Toyota TS040 Hybrid of Kazuki Nakajima in the Porsche Curves, sending him crashing into the concrete barriers. In one of the race's most memorable moments, Motoyama spent two hours trying to repair the DeltaWing, as his Nissan mechanics stood behind the spectator fencing to give instructions. Ultimately, he was forced to abandon the car and retire from the race.

Motoyama's last Le Mans outing to date was in 2014, driving yet another Nissan experimental vehicle, the all-electric ZEOD RC, with Nissan GT Academy graduates Lucas Ordoñez and Wolfgang Reip. Shortly after the ZEOD completed the first all-electric lap at the Circuit de la Sarthe, the car was forced to retire after just five laps.

Formula One[edit]

After becoming JGTC and Formula Nippon champion in 2003, and motivated after the death of his childhood friend Daijiro Kato, Motoyama began to pursue opportunities to race in the Formula One World Championship. On October 10, 2003, Motoyama was given a Friday test drive for the Jordan F1 Team prior to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit[5]. On December 10, 2003, Motoyama was given a chance to test with the Renault F1 Team at Circuito de Jerez in Spain. He completed 69 laps and was only two seconds off the fastest lap recorded by Renault ace driver Fernando Alonso.

Ultimately, Motoyama was unable to secure a drive for the 2004 season, and soon thereafter abandoned his pursuit of a Formula One drive.

Other series[edit]

In 1999, Motoyama won the Le Mans Fuji 1000km at Fuji Speedway, driving the same Nissan R391 that he competed with at Le Mans that year.

Motoyama has competed in the Super Taikyu Series (formerly the N1 Endurance Series), most recently in 2017 as the owner and driver of SKT Team Motoyama, fielding a Nissan Fairlady Z34 in the ST-3 class.

Racing record[edit]

Complete JGTC/Super GT Results[edit]

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
1996 Hoshino Racing Nissan Silvia GT300 SUZ FUJ SEN
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SUG
12
MIN
7
29th 4
1997 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
Ret
FUJ
5
SEN
15
FUJ
4
MIN
6
SUG
14
11th 24
1998 ARTA Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
13
FUJ
C
SEN
11
FUJ
6
MOT
6
MIN
9
SUG
8
12th 17
1999 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
2
FUJ SUG
6
MIN
1
FUJ
3
TAI
7
MOT
3
3rd 69
2000 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
17
FUJ
5
SUG
5
FUJ
3
TAI
6
MIN
1
SUZ
3
3rd 66
2001 Impul Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
15
FUJ
Ret
SUG
7
FUJ
7
MOT
3
SUZ
11
MIN
5
11th 28
2002 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
11
FUJ
7
SUG
7
SEP
4
FUJ
2
MOT
10
MIN
2
SUZ
Ret
8th 51
2003 NISMO Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 TAI
2
FUJ
4
SUG
3
FUJ
5
FUJ
2
MOT
11
AUT
5
SUZ
3
1st 86
2004 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 TAI
1
SUG
Ret
SEP
3
TOK
Ret
MOT
3
AUT
1
SUZ
7
1st 73
2005 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 OKA
Ret
FUJ
4
SEP
1
SUG
8
MOT
6
FUJ
10
AUT
6
SUZ
2
3rd 60
2006 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
2
OKA
Ret
FUJ
4
SEP
5
SUG
2
SUZ
DSQ
MOT
14
AUT
1
FUJ
11
6th 69
2007 NISMO Nissan Z GT500 SUZ
2
OKA
Ret
FUJ
1
SEP
14
SUG
Ret
SUZ
3
MOT
13
AUT
12
FUJ
14
8th 48
2008 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
1
OKA
1
FUJ
14
SEP
13
SUG
14
SUZ
8
MOT
12
AUT
1
FUJ
9
1st 76
2009 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
13
SUZ
11
FUJ
1
SEP
8
SUG
1
SUZ
6
FUJ
2
AUT
2
MOT
14
3rd 78
2010 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 SUZ
8
OKA
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SEP
2
SUG
6
SUZ
2
FUJ
C
MOT
8
7th 48
2011 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
5
FUJ
1
SEP
14
SUG
12
SUZ
4
FUJ
6
AUT
1
MOT
1
2nd 79
2012 NISMO Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
4
FUJ
3
SEP
7
SUG
Ret
SUZ
5
FUJ
11
AUT
6
MOT
6
8th 40
2013 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
10
FUJ
9
SEP
6
SUG
7
SUZ
8
FUJ
7
AUT
4
MOT
14
12th 28
2014 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
10
FUJ
Ret
AUT
2
SUG
7
FUJ
6
SUZ
13
BUR
Ret
MOT
5
11th 31
2015 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
8
FUJ
10
CHA
1
FUJ
14
SUZ
6
SUG
2
AUT
6
MOT
Ret
6th 50
2016 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
3
FUJ
7
SUG
13
FUJ
ret
SUZ
3
CHA
12
MOT
6
MOT
8
10th 36
2017 MOLA Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
ret
FUJ
11
AUT
4
SUG
2
FUJ
11
SUZ
14
CHA
10
MOT
6
12th 29
2018 NDDP by B-Max Racing Nissan GT-R GT500 OKA
7
FUJ
10
SUZ
7
CHA
13
FUJ
15
SUG
8
AUT
13
MOT
9
17th 14

Complete Formula Nippon results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1996 FUNAI SUPER AGURI SUZ
7
MIN
Ret
FUJ
5
TOK
17
SUZ
12
SUG
3
FUJ
5
MIN
6
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
10th 9
1997 FUNAI SUPER AGURI SUZ
4
MIN
DNS
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
Ret
MIN
6
MOT
Ret
FUJ
4
SUZ 11th 7
1998 LEMONed Le Mans SUZ
Ret
MIN
1
FUJ
1
MOT
2
SUZ
Ret
SUG
4
FUJ
C
MIN
1
FUJ
2
SUZ
Ret
1st 45
1999 UNLIMITED Le Mans SUZ
1
MOT
2
MIN
1
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
SUG
2
FUJ
3
MIN
Ret
MOT
1
SUZ
Ret
2nd 46
2000 IMPUL SUZ
6
MOT
4
MIN
Ret
FUJ
8
SUZ
6
SUG
4
MOT
3
FUJ
2
MIN
2
SUZ
1
3rd 34
2001 excite IMPUL SUZ
Ret
MOT
9
MIN
1
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
1
SUG
1
FUJ
4
MIN
1
MOT
2
SUZ
Ret
1st 49
2002 Xbox IMPUL SUZ
Ret
FUJ
1
MIN
1
SUZ
5
MOT
1
SUG
Ret
FUJ
3
MIN
1
MOT
4
SUZ
1
2nd 60
2003 IMPUL SUZ
1
FUJ
1
MIN
1
MOT
9
SUZ
14
SUG
1
FUJ
2
MIN
13
MOT
2
SUZ
3
1st 56
2004 ADiRECT 5ZIGEN SUZ
5
SUG
12
MOT
5
SUZ
4
SUG
1
MIN
6
SEP
Ret
MOT
5
SUZ
6
6th 21
2005 Arting IMPUL MOT
4
SUZ
4
SUG
1
FUJ
2
SUZ
1
MIN
3
FUJ
13
MOT
1
SUZ
2
1st 52
2006 arting IMPUL FUJ
3
SUZ
8
MOT
3
SUZ
3
AUT
Ret
FUJ
3
SUG
5
MOT
Ret
SUZ
Ret
5th 16
2007 Arabian Oasis IMPUL FUJ
Ret
SUZ
1
MOT
6
OKA
10
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
SUG
4
MOT
11
SUZ
1
4th 38
2008 Team LeMans FUJ
Ret
SUZ
4
MOT
16
OKA
Ret
SUZ1
8
SUZ2
3
MOT1
9
MOT2
5
FUJ1
14
FUJ2
14
SUG
Ret
11th 14

Complete Formula One participations[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
2003 Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN ITA USA JPN
TD

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 Japan Nissan Motorsports
United Kingdom TWR
Japan Takuya Kurosawa
Japan Masami Kageyama
Nissan R390 GT1 GT1 319 10th 9th
1999 Japan Nissan Motorsports Germany Michael Krumm
France Érik Comas
Nissan R391 LMP 110 DNF DNF
2012 United States Highcroft Racing United Kingdom Marino Franchitti
Germany Michael Krumm
DeltaWing-Nissan UNC 75 DNF DNF
2014 Japan Nissan Motorsports Global Spain Lucas Ordóñez
Belgium Wolfgang Reip
Nissan ZEOD RC UNC 5 DNF DNF

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Nissan Announces Super GT Programme From Yokohama – dailysportscar.com". www.dailysportscar.com. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
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External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pedro de la Rosa
Formula Nippon Champion
1998
Succeeded by
Tom Coronel
Preceded by
Toranosuke Takagi
Formula Nippon Champion
2001
Succeeded by
Ralph Firman
Preceded by
Ralph Firman
Formula Nippon Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Richard Lyons
Preceded by
Juichi Wakisaka
Akira Iida
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion (GT500)
2003*2004**
*with:Michael Krumm
**with:Richard Lyons
Succeeded by
Yuji Tachikawa
Toranosuke Takagi
Preceded by
Richard Lyons
Formula Nippon Champion
2005
Succeeded by
Benoît Tréluyer
Preceded by
Daisuke Ito
Ralph Firman
Super GT (GT500) Champion
2008 with:
Benoît Tréluyer
Succeeded by
Juichi Wakisaka
André Lotterer