JAF Formula Pacific Series Race

Tsukuba, 23 Apr 1978

1 Masahiro Hasemi Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14
#11 (???) Racing Team (see note 1)
50 48m 27.0s
2 Kenji Tohira March "78A" [752] - Nissan LZ14
#20 Central 20 Racing Team
3 Richard Thomas Geck (FJ1300) 1.3-litre March 743 - Honda MF318
#2 (Raelbrook?) Racing
47 48m 46.0s
4 Takao Wada Nova 53P - Nissan LZ14
#25 Tomei Jidousha
47 49m 04.0s
5 Yoshiro Sakai (FJ1300) 1.3-litre Bellco 98A
#16 (Masao Yamada?)
45 48m 40.0s
6 Katsuhiko Noda (FJ1300) 1.3-litre GRD 373 - Nissan A12
#6 Katsuhiko Noda
43 48m 55.0s
R Naohiro Fujita Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#1 Tom's (see note 2)
R Masao Yamada (FJ1300) 1.3-litre Bellco 98A - Nissan A12
#15 Masao Yamada
DNS Kiyoshi Misaki Kojima KE010 - Toyota 2T-G
#18 Kuwahara Jidosha
Did not start

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Pac unless noted.

1 Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14 0.56.0
2 Kenji Tohira (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March "78A" [752] - Nissan LZ14 0.58.0
3 Naohiro Fujita (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's 0.59.0
4 Takao Wada (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Nova 53P - Nissan LZ14 1.00.0
5 Richard Thomas Geck (FJ1300) 1.3-litre March 743 - Honda MF318 1.00.0
6 Yoshiro Sakai (FJ1300) 1.3-litre Bellco 98A 1.02.0
7 Masao Yamada (FJ1300) 1.3-litre Bellco 98A - Nissan A12 1.06.0
8 Katsuhiko Noda (FJ1300) 1.3-litre GRD 373 - Nissan A12 1.07.0

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B40 [40-77-09] (Masahiro Hasemi): Shown in Chevron records as sold to Le Mans Co in Japan with a Nissan engine. This must be the car run by Kojima Engineering for Masahiro Hasemi in Formula Pacific specification with Nissan LZ14 engines in late 1977. Retained by Hasemi for the Formula Pacific series in 1978 and 1979. Used again for a couple of races at the beginning of 1980, when Hasemi was struggling to develop his new March 802, and then raced by Kazuyoshi Hoshino in one race at the end of the season. At some point before 2014, the ex-Hasemi car was acquired from "a guy who used to work at Kojima" by Warwick Mortimer in New Zealand.
  2. Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] (Naohiro Fujita): Sold to Japanese agent Le Mans Co according to Chevron records, but unknown until used as a F2 car with Hart 420R engine by Teddy Yip's Theodore Racing for Patrick Tambay to race in the JAF Fuji Grand Prix in June 1977. Then very probably the Tom's car raced by Fumiyasu Sato in Formula Pacific specification at the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix in November 1977, and by the team in the new Formula Pacific championship in 1978, 1979 and 1980. Subsequent history unknown.


The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.

Japanese race results have been provided by Michael Ferner. His main sources have been the "Japan Automobile Federation" website (www.jaf.or.jp) and Tooru Kitajima's "Formula Nippon Data Center" (http://isweb34.infoseek.co.jp/motor/fndc/).

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.