JAF Formula Pacific Series Race

Suzuka, 3 Nov 1980

1 Masahiro Hasemi March 79B [792?] - Nissan LZ14
#11 Hasemi Racing (?)
20 39m 32.32s
2 Keiji Matsumoto March 782 - Nissan LZ14
#25 Tomei Jidousha (?)
20 39m 34.21s
3 Kazuyoshi Hoshino Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14
#12 Hasemi Racing (see note 1)
20 39m 40.30s
4 Kenji Takahashi March 79B - Nissan LZ14 Tomei
#24 Tomei Jidousha (see note 2)
20 39m 41.39s
5 Naohiro Fujita March 782 - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#5 (Speed Star Wheel) Racing Team
20 40m 17.35s
6 Fumio Muto Chevron B42 [42-78-20?] - Nissan LZ14
#20 Central 20 Racing Team
20 40m 40.50s
7 Naoshi Sugizaki Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Suzuki Racing (?)
20 40m 40.69s
8 Fumiyasu Sato Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#8 (see note 3)
19 39m 44.73s
9 Kiyoshi Misaki Chevron B40 - Toyota 2T-G Toda
#1 (see note 4)
19 39m 50.45s
10 Masatomo Shimizu March 782 - Nissan LZ14 Central 20
#33 Masatomo Shimizu
19 39m 55.47s
11 Takeshi Iida Falcon 78A - Ford BDD Swindon
#7 Falcon Racing Team
16 39m 55.67s
R Satoru Nakajima Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's
#37 I&I Racing Development (see note 5)
R Toshio Suzuki Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G
#3 (Walter Wolf Racing) Japan Team
R Steve Millen Ralt RT1/77 [88] - Ford BDD
#6 (see note 6)
DNA Dave McMillan Chevron B42 - Ford BDA
Did not arrive

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

1 Masahiro Hasemi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 79B [792?] - Nissan LZ14 1.55.91
2 Keiji Matsumoto (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 - Nissan LZ14 1.56.51
3 Kazuyoshi Hoshino (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-09] - Nissan LZ14 1.57.26
4 Kenji Takahashi (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 79B - Nissan LZ14 Tomei 1.57.50
5 Satoru Nakajima (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 [40-77-07] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's 1.57.71
6 Toshio Suzuki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Toyota 2T-G 1.57.93
7 Naohiro Fujita (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 - Toyota 2T-G Tom's 1.58.76
8 Steve Millen (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/77 [88] - Ford BDD 1.59.93
9 Takeshi Iida (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Falcon 78A - Ford BDD Swindon 2.00.35
10 Naoshi Sugizaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart 2.00.62
11 Fumio Muto (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B42 [42-78-20?] - Nissan LZ14 2.00.78
12 Kiyoshi Misaki (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B40 - Toyota 2T-G Toda 2.02.87
13 Fumiyasu Sato (F/Pac) 1.6-litre Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] - Toyota 2T-G Tom's 2.03.45
14 Masatomo Shimizu (F/Pac) 1.6-litre March 782 - Nissan LZ14 Central 20 2.03.64

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B40 [40-77-09] (Kazuyoshi Hoshino): 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. Subsequent history unknown.
  2. March 79B (Kenji Takahashi): Takao Wada drove a March 79B in Japanese Formula Pacific in 1979, entered by Tomei Jidousha. The car replaced a Falcon 78A that Wada had raced earlier in the season, and both cars were fitted with Nissan LZ14 engines. Wada retained the 79B for the early part of 1980, and then swapped to a Hayashi 80P. Kenji Takahashi then raced a 79B for Tomei Jidousha for the remainer of the 1980 season, so it is likely that this was the ex-Wada car. Raced again by Takahashi in 1981 and in 1982. Later in 1982, Akira Hagiwara raced a 79B entered by Tomei Jidousha and this is assumed to be the same car. Subsequent history unknown.
  3. Chevron B35 [35-76-12?] (Fumiyasu Sato): 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.
  4. Chevron B40 (Kiyoshi Misaki): Masao Segawa raced a Chevron B40 at the JAF Suzuka Grand Prix at the beginning of November 1978, using a BMW engine. Raced by Segawa through the 1979 Japanese F2 season. Then to Kiyoshi Misaki and rebuilt for Formula Pacific with a Toyota engine. Misaki only appeared three times in the Japanese series, but then raced the car in the Macau and Selangor Grands Prix in November. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B40 [40-77-07] (Satoru Nakajima): Shown in Chevron records as sold to Le Mans Co for Tetsu Ikuzawa. Raced by Ikuzawa in Japanese Formula 2 in 1977, using BMW engines. Used again by Ikuzawa for one race at the beginning of 1978. This is almost certainly the car converted to Formula Pacific specification and raced by Satoru Nakajima in the Japanese Formula Pacific series in 1980 and early 1981 using Toyota engines. Subsequent history unknown, but in 2014 a Chevron B40 was acquired from "a guy who used to work at Kojima" by Warwick Mortimer in New Zealand. This car had the chassis plate "40-77-07" but was said to be "ex-Hasemi" and had been Nissan-powered and then BMW-powered.
  6. Ralt RT1/77 [88] (Steve Millen): New to Brian Robertson's Ralt America as a late-season car for the CASC Formula Atlantic series, probably intended for Eddie Cheever to drive at Trois Rivieres, but he did not appear. To Larry Bergman (Los Gatos, CA) for SCCA Formula B in California. Bergman retained the car for 1979, winning the Northern Pacific Division Formula Atlantic title but also competing in most rounds of the North American Formula Atlantic series. Then to Steve Millen in New Zealand, and raced in the Aurora AFX New Zealand Formula Pacific series in January 1980, then in the 1980/81 season. To Eric Morgan for the 1981/82, 1982/83 and 1983/84 seasons. CT


Note that 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' published 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.