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Masahiro Hasemi

Born:
13th November 1945 (Age 74)
Tokyo
Nationality:
Japanese
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Masahiro Hasemi began racing in motocross before switching to cars in 1965. That was as a works Nissan driver and he remained loyal to that marque throughout his career. He won his very first race in a Nissan Bluebird SSS and enjoyed success in all forms of the sport in his homeland.

National success and Grand Prix debut

His Kojima Engineering March 742-BMW won the 1975 Japanese Grand Prix – the opening round of the national Formula 2000 series – in torrential conditions. The 1976 race was the final round of the Formula 1 world championship but the weather conditions were the same. Hasemi qualified his locally-built Kojima KE007-Ford in an impressive 10th position despite crashing in free practice. Running on Japanese Dunlop tyres, the car proved a handful in the race but Hasemi was credited with the fastest lap and 11th position in his only GP.

National championship titles in the Fuji Grand Champion and Formula Pacific series were followed by the 1980 Japanese Formula 2 crown when driving Nova Engineering’s March 802-BMW. He ended that season by qualifying and finishing second in the Macau GP when his March 782-Nissan was beaten by Geoff Lees.

Continued Japanese success

A regular in touring cars by the end of the decade, Hasemi’s Nissan Skyline GT-R won the Japanese title three times with Anders Olofsson (1989 and 1991) and Hideo Fukuyama (1992) as his co-drivers.

He may not have won that title in 1990 but it was still an outstanding season for Hasemi. Japanese Sportscar Champion when sharing a Nissan R90CP with Olofsson, he finished a career-best fifth at Le Mans and dominated Macau’s Guia race. He qualified a Skyline on pole position by a staggering 3.34s for that race and led Schnitzer BMW’s Emanuele Pirro and Jo Winkelhock all the way to the finish.

Hasemi suffered suspected suspension failure on Fuji’s main straight during a 1991 Japanese sports car race and he emerged shaken but unhurt after a 200mph end-over-end accident.

Winner of the Daytona 24 Hours

The 1992 Daytona 24 Hours provided Hasemi’s international highlight when sharing the winning Nissan R91CP with compatriots Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Toshio Suzuki. He eventually retired in 2001 after quarter of a century at the top of Japanese racing and now runs Hasemi Sport which is both a GT team and Nissan aftermarket supplier.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1992 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 1 1 0
1992 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1991 All-Japan F3000 Championship 21st 2
1991 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1990 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 1 0 20th 4
1990 All-Japan F3000 Championship 12th 5
1989 All-Japan F3000 Championship 4th 21
1989 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 0 0 0
1988 All-Japan F3000 Championship 9th 4
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
NISMO
1 0 0 0 0
1987 All-Japan F3000 Championship 7th 38
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
2 0 0 0 0
1987 World Touring Car Championship
NISMO
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
2 0 0 0 0
1986 All-Japan F2 Championship 9th 28 (30)
1985 World Endurance Championship
Masahiro Hasemi
1 0 0 0 69th 4
1985 All-Japan F2 Championship 9th 27
1984 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1984 All-Japan F2 Championship 5th 39
1983 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1981 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1981 All-Japan F2 Championship 9th 22
1980 All-Japan F2 Championship 1st 71 (79)
1979 All-Japan F2 Championship 5th 55 (58)
1978 All-Japan F2 Championship 2nd 72 (82)
1977 All-Japan F2000 Championship 4th 46
1976 All-Japan F2000 Championship 2nd 52
1976 F1 World Championship
Kojima Engineering
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1975 All-Japan F2000 Championship 3rd 45
1974 All-Japan F2000 Championship 2nd 20