Masahiro Hasemi (Shinjitai: 長谷見 昌弘, Hasemi Masahiro, born 13 November 1945 in Tokyo) is a former racing driver and team owner from Japan. He started racing motocross when he was 15 years old. In 1964 he signed to drive for Nissan. After establishing himself in saloon car and GT races in Japan, he participated in his only Formula One race at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix for Kojima on 24 October 1976. He qualified 10th after an error which cost him his chance of a pole position and finished 11th, seven laps behind the winner. Contrary to a widely propagated but mistaken result, however, he never set a fastest lap in a Formula One championship race.1 Along with compatriots Noritake Takahara and Kazuyoshi Hoshino, he was the first Japanese driver to start a Formula One Grand Prix.

Hasemi became the Japanese Formula 2 champion in 1980, and got two titles in the Fuji Grand Champion Series in 1974 and 1980. After that he reverted to racing Skylines, which he became heavily synonymous with in Group 5, touring cars and JGTC. He won the Japanese Touring Car Championship in 1989, 1991 and 1992. He also won the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship in 1990, with the controversial win at the Guia Touring Car race at the Macau Grand Prix in 1990 and Daytona 24 hour in 1992. Hasemi retired from driving in 2001 and now runs NDDP Racing, a Super GT team that currently competes in the GT500 class. Hasemi also owns Hasemi Sport, a former Super GT racing team that ran under the Hasemi Motorsport banner and Nissan aftermarket parts company.

Hasemi is the most recent Japanese driver to win his home Grand Prix, winning it in 1975, when it was a non-championship race.

Hasemi's former Kojima KE007 on display at Yurakucho Marion in 2013.
1994 Nissan Skyline GT-R prepared by Hasemi Motorsport and driven by Masahiro Hasemi in the 1994 JGTC season

Racing record

Japanese Top Formula Championship results

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1974 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ
1
SUZ
3
SUZ
9
2nd 20
1975 Sakai Racing Team FUJ
1
SUZ
1
FUJ SUZ
Ret
3rd 45
Kojima Engineering SUZ
5
1976 Kojima Engineering FUJ
5
SUZ FUJ
2
SUZ
2
SUZ
4
2nd 52
1977 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ MIN SUZ
1
FUJ
3
4th 46
Private Hasemi FUJ
9
SUZ
4
SUZ
9
1978 Tomy Racing Team SUZ
2
FUJ
3
SUZ
4
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
3
MIN
1
SUZ
4
2nd 72 (82)
1979 Tomy Racing Team SUZ
3
MIN
4
SUZ
7
FUJ
6
SUZ
1
SUZ
9
SUZ
Ret
5th 55 (58)
1980 Tomy Racing Team SUZ
2
MIN
1
SUZ
2
SUZ
1
SUZ
5
SUZ
3
1st 71 (79)
1981 Tomy Racing Team SUZ
7
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
7
SUZ
4
SUZ
7
9th 22
1984 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
12
FUJ
5
MIN
5
SUZ
15
SUZ
3
FUJ
12
SUZ
5
SUZ
8
6th 39
1985 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
8
FUJ
Ret
MIN
4
SUZ
2
SUZ
7
FUJ
8
SUZ
11
SUZ
9
8th 37
1986 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
7
FUJ
7
MIN
5
SUZ
11
SUZ
7
FUJ
7
SUZ
7
SUZ
9
9th 28 (30)
1987 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
Ret
FUJ
4
MIN
6
SUZ
12
SUZ
12
SUG
4
FUJ
3
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
7th 38
1988 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
MIN
8
SUZ
13
SUG
8
FUJ
7
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
3
9th 4
1989 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
6
FUJ
4
MIN
5
SUZ
3
SUG
Ret
FUJ
8
SUZ
5
SUZ
1
4th 21
1990 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
4
FUJ
6
MIN
Ret
SUZ
6
SUG
13
FUJ
8
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
11
FUJ
12
SUZ
8
13th 5
1991 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
9
AUT
DNQ
FUJ
14
MIN
DNQ
SUZ
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
19
SUZ
15
FUJ
C
SUZ
14
FUJ
5
21st 2

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
1976 Kojima Engineering Kojima KE007 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN
11
NC 0

Complete JTC/JTCC results

(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 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Pts
1989 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GTS-R JTC-1 NIS
4
SEN
2
TSU
1
SUG
1
SUZ
1
FUJ
Ret
1st 161
1990 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R JTC-1 NIS
2
SUG
2
SUZ
1
TSU
Ret
SEN
2
FUJ
2
3rd 160
1991 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R JTC-1 SUG
2
SUZ
1
TSU
1
SEN
2
AUT
1
FUJ
4
1st 200
1992 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R JTC-1 AID
1
AUT
7
SUG
5
SUZ
2
MIN
1
TSU
4
SEN
3
FUJ
2
1st 110
1993 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R JTC-1 MIN
2
AUT
4
SUG
4
SUZ
1
AID
4
TSU
5
TOK
5
SEN
Ret
FUJ
5
7th 89
1994 Nismo Nissan Primera AUT
1

4
AUT
2

2
SUG
1

4
SUG
2

2
TOK
1

9
TOK
2

8
SUZ
1

6
SUZ
2

8
MIN
1

5
MIN
2

Ret
AID
1

5
AID
2

Ret
TSU
1

Ret
TSU
2

DNS
SEN
1
SEN
2
FUJ
1

4
FUJ
2

5
6th 76
1995 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Primera FUJ
1

14
FUJ
2

13
SUG
1

7
SUG
2

11
TOK
1

17
TOK
2

11
SUZ
1

13
SUZ
2

Ret
MIN
1

13
MIN
2

15
AID
1

11
AID
2

8
SEN
1

15
SEN
2

13
FUJ
1

3
FUJ
2

8
16th 19
1996 HKS OPEL Opel Vectra FUJ
1

8
FUJ
2

12
SUG
1

Ret
SUG
2

8
SUZ
1

10
SUZ
2

9
MIN
1

12
MIN
2

15
SEN
1

Ret
SEN
2

8
TOK
1

8
TOK
2

10
FUJ
1

8
FUJ
2

6
14th 24

Complete JGTC results

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

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Pts
1994 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 FUJ
6
SEN
1
FUJ
4
SUG
3
MIN
5
2nd 56
1995 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
4
FUJ
2
SEN
14
FUJ
1
SUG
4
MIN
6
2nd 61
1996 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
3
FUJ
6
SEN
2
FUJ
14
SUG
6
MIN
5
5th 47
1997 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
4
FUJ
2
SEN
9
FUJ
6
MIN
7
SUG
Ret
7th 37
1998 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
5
FUJ
C
SEN
Ret
FUJ
2
MOT
8
MIN
8
SUG
5
5th 37
1999 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 SUZ
6
FUJ
7
SUG
7
MIN
4
FUJ
11
TAI
12
MOT
8
17th 27
2000 Hasemi Motorsport Nissan Skyline GT-R GT500 MOT
5
FUJ
9
SUG
Ret
FUJ
11
TAI
15
MIN
11
SUZ
8
16th 13

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1981 Australia Nissan Motor Co. Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Nissan Bluebird Turbo 4 Cylinder 66 DNF DNF
1982 Australia Nissan Motor Co. Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino Nissan Bluebird Turbo B 153 8th 1st

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1986 Japan Nismo United Kingdom James Weaver
Japan Takao Wada
Nissan R85V C1 285 16th 10th
1987 Japan Nismo Japan Takao Wada
Japan Aguri Suzuki
Nissan R87E C1 117 DNF DNF
1989 Japan Nismo Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan R89C C1 167 DNF DNF
1990 Japan Nismo Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan R90CP C1 348 5th 5th
1996 Japan Nismo Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Toshio Suzuki
Nissan Nismo GT-R LM GT1 307 15th 10th

Note on fastest lap in Formula One

^ It was initially announced that Hasemi set the fastest lap at the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, but it was a measurement mistake, and, several days later, the circuit issued a press release to correct the fastest lap holder of the race to Jacques Laffite.[1] This press release was promptly made known in Japan, and the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF) and Japanese media corrected the record.[2][3] But this correction was not made well known outside Japan, thus, Hasemi is credited with one fastest lap in many record books.

References

  1. ^ i-dea archives (14 January 2006), '76 F1イン・ジャパン (1976 F1 World Championship in Japan), Auto Sport Archives 日本の名レース100選 (The 100 Best races in Japan) (in Japanese), vol. 001, San-eishobo Publishing Co., Ltd., p. 77, ISBN 978-4-7796-0007-4, archived from the original on 13 December 2010, retrieved 16 December 2010
  2. ^ "Motorsport competition results: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Japan Automobile Federation. Retrieved 17 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Archive: 1976 F1 World Championship in Japan" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports News. 25 October 1976. Retrieved 17 December 2010.

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