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Kazuyoshi Hoshino

Born:
1st July 1947 (Age 73)
Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture
Nationality:
Japanese
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Japanese drivers are now common place in Formula 1 but when Masahiro Hasemi, Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Noritake Takahara started the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix they became the first such drivers to race in the world championship. That took place in a Fuji downpour and it was in similar conditions and at the same circuit that Hoshino enjoyed his brightest moment in the international spotlight some nine years later.

A winner for three decades

A star in his homeland long before that GP debut, he was regularly referred to as "the fastest guy in Japan." Motocross champion for Kawasaki in 1968, Hoshino joined Nissan a year later for his motor racing debut.

Hoshino won the 1975 Japanese Formula 2000 Championship with a Heroes Racing March 742-BMW. That was the first of six national titles in the country’s top single-seater series with Formula 2 and F3000 success to follow. He remained competitive into the Formula Nippon era and the 48 year old won his final single-seater race in 1996 against a field that included Ralf Schumacher and Pedro de la Rosa.

Impressing in Formula 1

He drove a Bridgestone-shod Heroes Racing Tyrrell 007-Ford in the 1976 Japanese GP and stunned F1 regulars by running third inside the first 10 laps. However, that promising run was scuppered when he ran out of wet weather tyres and he was forced to withdraw.

He returned for the following year’s race with a locally built Kojima KE009-Ford and finished 11th in his second and final GP. In addition Hoshino travelled to England to finish fourth in the 1983 Donington Park F2 race in a one-off in James Gresham’s March 832-BMW – he was no slouch in single-seaters.

Two days as the class of the sports car field

The 1985 Fuji 1000Kms was run in heavy rain and many of the regular World Sportscar Championship competitors withdrew in the early laps. Hoshino had qualified his locally-run March 85G-Nissan in third position when only beaten by the works Porsches but his race performance was remarkable. By the time the race was abandoned after two hours, Hoshino (who had driven all the way) was a lap ahead of the field.

That was not the end of international sports car success for Hoshino won the 1992 Daytona 24 Hours with a NISMO Nissan R91CP and he was third in the 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours driving a GT1 Nissan R390.

He retired in 2002 and later ran Team Impul in the Super GT Series. That concern takes its name from the aftermarket parts company that Hoshino also owns.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1996 All-Japan Formula Nippon Championship 3rd 31
1995 All-Japan F3000 Championship 4th 20
1994 All-Japan F3000 Championship 7th 6
1993 All-Japan F3000 Championship 1st 32
1992 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 1 1 0
1992 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1992 All-Japan F3000 Championship 12th 10
1991 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1991 All-Japan F3000 Championship 4th 24
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 0 0 0
1990 All-Japan F3000 Championship 1st 58 (63)
1990 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1989 All-Japan F3000 Championship 3rd 22
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 0 0 31st 10
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
NISMO
2 0 0 0 80th 4
1988 All-Japan F3000 Championship 2nd 43 (47)
1987 All-Japan F3000 Championship 1st 132
1987 World Touring Car Championship
NISMO
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
2 0 0 0 0
1986 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 87
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
2 0 0 0 77th 1
1985 All-Japan F2 Championship 6th 36
1985 World Endurance Championship
Kazuyoshi Hoshino
1 0 1 1 34th 10
1984 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1984 All-Japan F2 Championship 3rd 95 (103)
1983 European F2 Championship
James Gresham Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 3
1983 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 64th 4
1983 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 79 (89)
1982 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 55
1981 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 48
1980 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 65
1979 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 78 (79)
1978 All-Japan F2 Championship 1st 76
1978 European F2 Championship
Heros Racing Corporation
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1977 All-Japan F2000 Championship 1st 90 (102)
1977 F1 World Championship
Heros Racing Corporation
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1976 All-Japan F2000 Championship 4th 40
1976 F1 World Championship
Heros Racing Corporation
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 All-Japan F2000 Championship 1st 59
1974 All-Japan F2000 Championship 5th 10