Japanese Formula Pacific 1981

Formula Pacific continued to grow in 1981, with a peak of 17 cars on the grid at Suzuka in October when four US drivers stopped by on their way to Macau. The leading cars at the start of the year were March 79Bs, but March 81As soon started to arrive, and leading runner Masahiro Hasemi was quick to upgrade, as was Satoru Nakajima who finally traded in his 1977 Chevron B40. In a much more competitive season than usual, Kazuyoshi Hoshino won the title from his old rivals Nakajima, Hasemi and Kenji Takahashi. Rather than being a development series, as it was in other countries, Formula Pacific had become a diversion for the regular F2 racers. This would work only as long as those drivers didn't find an alternative diversion.

The races

01 Mar 1981 > Tsukuba

15 Mar 1981 > Mine

12 Apr 1981 > Fuji

26 Apr 1981 > Tsukuba

10 May 1981 > Tsukuba

21 Jun 1981 > Tsukuba

30 Aug 1981 > Suzuka

20 Sep 1981 > Sugo

31 Oct 1981 > Suzuka

1981 Japanese Formula Pacific Championship table

1Kazuyoshi HoshinoMarch 79B - Nissan LZ1494 pts3 wins
2Satoru NakajimaChevron B40 - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
March 81A - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
89 pts2 wins
3Masahiro HasemiMarch 79B - Nissan LZ14
March 81A - Nissan LZ14
82 pts2 wins
4Kenji TakahashiMarch 79B - Nissan LZ14 Tomei71 pts2 wins
5Keiji MatsumotoMarch 782/79B - Nissan LZ14 Tomei61 pts 
6Naohiro FujitaRalt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
March 81A - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
46 pts 
7Sakae ObataRalt RT1 - Ford BDA22 pts 
8Osamu NakakoHayashi 220P - Nissan LZ14 Tomei18 pts 
9Toshio MotohashiMarch 782 - Nissan LZ14 Tomei
March 782/79B - Nissan LZ14 Tomei
16 pts 
10Masatomo ShimizuMarch 81A - Nissan LZ14 Central 2012 pts