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Toshio Suzuki

Born:
10th March 1955 (Age 65)
Saitama, Saitama Prefecture
Nationality:
Japanese
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

With a long and successful career in Japanese racing, Toshio Suzuki was a championship winner in almost every category he competed in. His career was not confined to national racing alone for he won the 1992 Daytona 24 Hours and made two Grand Prix starts.

Double national karting champion, he won the inaugural Japanese Formula 3 title in 1979 driving a Heroes Racing Ralt RT1-Toyota. Suzuki then showed glimpses of form with a works March-Toyota in the British series in 1980 and 1981.

National success and Formula 1 debut

Suzuki returned to Japan’s strong national championships after that brief foray to Europe. He was reigning double sports car champion and a regular in the All-Japan Formula 3000 Championship when he arranged a two-race Formula 1 deal at the end of 1993. Already 38 years old, he replaced Philippe Alliot for the final two GPs of the season – qualifying his Larrousse LH93-Lamborghini at the tail of the field but finishing on both occasions.

Sports car success for Nissan and Toyota

He was also a regular sports car driver for Nissan by that time. Fifth in the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours and winner of the 1992 Daytona 24 Hours were both shared with Japanese legends Kazuyoshi Hoshino (his regular co-driver) and Masahiro Hasemi.

He finished fourth in the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours with a Toyota TS010 before finally clinching the Japanese F3000 title in 1995 by narrowly beating younger stars Tom Kristensen and Tora Takagi with a Hoshino Racing Lola T94/50-Mugen. That was the zenith of his single-seater career and he concentrated on endurance racing from 1998.

Second in the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours when sharing an evocative Toyota GT-One with Keiichi Tsuchiya and Ukyo Katayama, he started that race for the 12th and final time in 2008.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1997 All-Japan Formula Nippon Championship 13th 5
1996 All-Japan Formula Nippon Championship 12th 7
1995 All-Japan F3000 Championship 1st 34 (35)
1994 All-Japan F3000 Championship 15th 1
1993 All-Japan F3000 Championship 5th 22
1993 F1 World Championship
Larrousse F1
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1992 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 1 1 0
1992 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1992 All-Japan F3000 Championship 2nd 30
1991 All-Japan F3000 Championship 15th 4
1991 All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship 1st -
1990 All-Japan Touring Car Championship 1st -
1989 All-Japan F3000 Championship 17th 1
1989 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Nissan Motorsports
1 0 0 0 31st 10
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Le Mans Company
Team Le Mans
2 0 0 0 0
1987 World Touring Car Championship 1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1987 All-Japan F3000 Championship 5th 72
1986 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Dome Toyota
2 0 0 0 0
1985 World Endurance Championship
Dome Toyota
2 0 0 0 85th 2
1984 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1984 All-Japan F2 Championship 8th 30
1983 All-Japan F2 Championship 13th 9
1983 World Endurance Championship 0 (1) 0 0 0 0
1982 All-Japan F2 Championship 22nd 2
1981 Marlboro British F3 Championship 17th 3
1981 European F3 Championship
March Engineering
3 1 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3
1980 European F3 Championship
March Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1980 All-Japan F3 Championship 18th 2
1979 All-Japan F3 Championship 1st 95