1998 Japanese Touring Car Championship
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The 1998 Japanese Touring Car Championship was the 14th edition of the series. It began at Fuji Speedway on 5 April and finished after seven events, also at Fuji Speedway on 8 November. The championship was won for the second time by Masanori Sekiya, driving for Toyota Team TOM's.[1][2][3]

Teams & Drivers

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
Object T Toyota Corona EXiV 11 Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa 1
Japan Akihiko Nakaya 3-7
Racing Project Bandoh Toyota Corona EXiV 19 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi All
Tsuchiya Engineering Toyota Corona EXiV 24 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya All
Toyota Chaser 25 Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya All
Toyota Team TOM's Toyota Chaser 36 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt All
37 Japan Masanori Sekiya All
Toyota Team Cerumo Toyota Chaser 38 Japan Yuji Tachikawa All
39 Japan Hironori Takeuchi All
SYMS Racing Subaru Impreza Sport Wagon 66 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 1
Argentina Sebastian Martino 2-3
Dandelion Racing Toyota Corona EXiV 68 Argentina Ruben Derfler All

Calendar

Round Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning driver Winning team
1 R1 Japan Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka 5 April Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Hironori Takeuchi Toyota Team Cerumo
R2 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Racing Project Bandoh
2 R3 Japan Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi 10 May Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Hironori Takeuchi Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
3 R4 Japan Sportsland SUGO, Miyagi 24 May Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
R5 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt United Kingdom Kelvin Burt Toyota Team TOM's
4 R6 Japan Suzuka Circuit, Mie 21 June Japan Hironori Takeuchi Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Racing Project Bandoh
R7 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
5 R8 Japan Mine Central Circuit, Yamaguchi 26 July Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
R9 Japan Yuji Tachikawa Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
6 R10 Japan TI Circuit Aida, Okayama 16 August Japan Masanori Sekiya Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Japan Masanori Sekiya Toyota Team TOM's
7 R11 Japan Fuji Speedway, Shizuoka 8 November Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Racing Project Bandoh

Championship Standings

Pos Driver FUJ MOT SUG SUZ MIN AID FUJ Pts
1 Japan Masanori Sekiya 8 2 1 1 3 4 1 1 1 1 7 128
2 Japan Katsutomo Kaneishi Ret 1 6 3 Ret 1 2 3 2 Ret 1 108
3 Japan Hironori Takeuchi 1 6 4 2 2 3 3 2 Ret 7 5 100
4 Japan Yuji Tachikawa 7 3 2 6 4 2 Ret 5 3 3 4 100
5 United Kingdom Kelvin Burt 6 4 5 4 1 Ret Ret 9 4 2 Ret 86
6 Japan Takeshi Tsuchiya 2 5 3 Ret 7 5 5 4 Ret 5 Ret 78
7 Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya 3 8 7 5 6 Ret 4 8 5 4 3 63
8 Argentina Ruben Derfler 4 Ret 8 Ret 5 6 Ret 6 6 5 2 62
9 Japan Akihiko Nakaya Ret Ret Ret 6 7 Ret 8 6 32
10 Japan Tatsuya Tanigawa 5 7 14
11 Japan Hideshi Matsuda 9 9 5
12 Argentina Sebastian Martino 9 DNS DNS 4
Pos Driver FUJ MOT SUG SUZ MIN AID FUJ Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

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Italics - Fastest lap

References