Youichi Imamura

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Youichi Imamura
Nationality  Japan
Born (1976-05-11) May 11, 1976 (age 40)
Kai, Yamanashi Prefecture
D1 Grand Prix career
Debut season 2001
Current team OTG MotorSports and Falken w/ Pentronas
Former teams M7 BOSS SGC w/ Dunlop, Auto Produce Boss with Potenza, Top Secret with ORC, A'PEXi, I.C.B.M.
Wins 13
Championship titles
2003 2009 2010 2011 4

Youichi Imamura (今村陽一 Imamura Yôichi?, 11 May 1976, Yamanashi) is a Japanese professional drifting driver, currently competing in the D1 Grand Prix series for team OTG MotorSports and Falken w/ Pentronas.

He has always enjoyed driving, so drifting was a natural thing for him. His other passion is flowers as his parents ran a florist and he has always helped them out. So he has always known that he'd be a florist, when he is not drifting he is working in a florists in Yamanashi called Silky House. His favourite time of the week is when he and his wife drive out to collect stock, Sometimes he cannot make it as he's at a photo shoot or a D1 event, so he uses the internet to check up.

He has been competing in the D1 Grand Prix series since it began in October 2000. His best year so far was the 2003 season where he won the series title in his A'PEXi Mazda RX-7 (FD3S). After A'PEXi left the series he switched to ORC and has been working with the team to improve the performance of the Nissan Fairlady Z coming in sixth in the 2007 series. In 2008, he switched to the newly formed team Auto Produce Boss with Potenza D-1 Project, driving their Nissan Silvia S15 which was actually Yasuyuki Kazama's 2005 Championship car. In 2009 he won the championship in this car, making him the only two time D1 champion ever. He also has the most wins of any D1 driver with ten.

Like rival drifter who he was team mate to, Ryuji Miki, he also competed in the Net'z Cup, a one make series for the Toyota Altezza between 2005 and its final season in 2006,[1] his racing antics were documented twice on Video Option.

Complete Drifting Results[edit]

(key)

D1 Grand Prix[edit]

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Position Points
2001 I.C.B.M. Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86 EBS
1
NIK
6
BHH
8
EBS
5
NIK
2
2 66
2002 A'PEXi Toyota Altezza SXE10 BHH
TAN
EBS
TAN
SGO
TAN
5 54
Mazda RX-7 FD3S TKB
1
EBS
7
SEK
8
NIK
1
2003 A'PEXi Mazda RX-7 FD3S TKB
4
BHH
3
SGO
2
FUJ
1
EBS
1
SEK
16
TKB
2
1 106
2004 A'PEXi Mazda RX-7 FD3S IRW
16
SGO
6
EBS
6
APS
ODB
2
EBS
1
TKB
1
3 78
2005 A'PEXi Mazda RX-7 FD3S IRW
2
ODB
9
SGO
5
APS
16
EBS
5
FUJ
16
TKB
1
3 68
2006 ORC with Top Secret Nissan Fairlady Z Z33 IRW
16
SGO
9
FUJ
8
APS
TAN
EBS
SUZ
FUJ
16
IRW
8
15 19
2007 ORC with Top Secret Nissan Fairlady Z Z33 EBS
DNQ
FUJ
12
SUZ
3
SGO
10
EBS
TAN
APS
3
FUJ
4
6 51
2008 Auto Produce Boss with Potenza D-1 Project Nissan Silvia S15 EBS
7
FUJ
14
SUZ
5
OKY
1
APS
4
EBS
FUJ
3 70


Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) BATTLEGEAR.NET レース&イベントレポート
Preceded by
Katsuhiro Ueo
D1 Grand Prix Champion
2003
Succeeded by
Ryuji Miki