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Masahiro Hasemi : biography

13 November 1945 -

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 Hasemi Sport, a JGTC racing team 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.

Fastest lap in Formula One

Hasemi is known as the fastest lap holder of 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. This fact is widely known in Japan, but not known well outside Japan, thus, Hasemi has been treated as the fastest lap record holder of the race in many record books including the Formula One official website.

Racing record

Japanese Top Formula Championship results


Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
1974 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ1 SUZ3 SUZ9 2nd 20
1975 Sakai Racing Team FUJ1 SUZ1 FUJ SUZRet 3rd 45
Kojima Engineering SUZ5
1976 Kojima Engineering FUJ5 SUZ FUJ2 SUZ2 SUZ4 2nd 52
1977 Kojima Engineering SUZ SUZ MIN SUZ1 FUJ3 4th 46
Private Hasemi FUJ9 SUZ4 SUZ9

Complete Formula One results

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1976 Kojima Engineering Kojima KE007 Cosworth V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON SWE FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN11 NC 0
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