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#1 Jungle Boy

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Posted 17 June 2004 - 23:43

I was searching the NF bb the other day when I can across a post about 1989 Japan Formula 3000 champion Hitoshi Ogawa. All I know is that he crashed at the first corner at Suzuka in 1992 injuring several photographers and unfortunatly sustianing fatal injuries in the process.

Does anybody have any info on him? Pictures? Anything other than the fact that he died?

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#2 Darren Galpin

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Posted 18 June 2004 - 11:35

Ogawa, Hitoshi (J)
b 15/2/1956 (Tokyo) - d 24/5/1992 (Suzuka)

1989 - Japanese F3000: Champion
1992 - Sportscars (Toyota TS010): 1 win (Monza) with G.Lees. Killed in a Japanese F3000 race.

#3 Rob Ryder

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Posted 18 June 2004 - 13:33

1981 - Japanese F3 Championship : 8th (Gallop Racing Ralt RT3/81 Toyota)

1982 - Japanese F3 Championship : 6th (Racing Team Hayate Hayashi 321 Toyota)

1983 - Japanese F2 Championship : 19th (March 822)

1984 - Japanese F2 Championship : 18th (March 832)

1985 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 18th (Tom´s 84C Toyota)

1986 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 8th (Tom´s 84C Toyota)

1987 - Japanese F3 Championship : 2nd (Toms Ralt RT31 Toyota)
1987 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : ?? (Porsche 962C & Tom´s 87C Toyota)

1988 - Japanese F3 Championship : 4th (Funaki Racing Ralt RT32 Toyota)
1988 - F3000 Formula Nippon : ?? (Leyton House Racing Team March 88B Mugen)
1988 - Japanese Touring Cars : 9th (Toyota Supra Turbo)
1988 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 30th (Toyota 88C-V)

1989 - F3000 Formula Nippon : 1st (Auto Beaurex Motorsport Lola T89-50 Mugen)
1989 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 7th (Toyota Team Tom's 88C-V)
1989 - Japanese Touring Cars : 4th (Toyota Supra Turbo)

1990 - F3000 Formula Nippon : 2nd (Stellar International Lola T90-50 Mugen)
1990 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 13th (Team Tom's Toyota 90C-V)
1990 - Le Mans 24 Hours : 6th (Team Tom's Toyota 90C-V)

1991 - F3000 Formula Nippon : 5th (Stellar International Lola T90-50 Mugen)
1991 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : 3rd (Team Tom's Toyota 91C-V)

1992 - F3000 Formula Nippon : 16th (Cerumo Racing Team Lola T92-50 Mugen)
1992 - Japanese Sportscar Championship : ?? (Team Tom's Toyota TS010)

#4 Jungle Boy

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 07:13

Thank you for the info guy's. It seems he was a local boy who had mixed luck in his long career finally winning the championship a few years before his death :(

Would anybody happen to have any pictures of him in or out of the cockpit?

#5 GMiranda

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 18:22

He was a very good driver, but an underachiever during the first days of his career due to lack of money. But he even tried to sign for F1 teams and was absolutely pivotal to Toyota's WSC structure

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 11:07

I'm sure he was racing in Britain or Europe circa 1989 as I remember him....and yes he had strong ties to Toyota, who even then were rumoured to be entering F1 soon. It was assumed Ogawa would be one of their F1 drivers. Reading of his death was quite saddening. 



#7 GMiranda

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 12:14

https://www.autospor...awa-20-years-on

 

This is the best piece of info I found on him in English. It's extremely hard to find reliable informations and something new about Japanese drivers in any European language.



#8 GMiranda

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Posted 26 December 2019 - 19:46

The data I have on Hitoshi Ogawa is the following:

 

1979 - ???

1980 - ???

1981 - Japanese F3 (Gallop Racing ??), 8th, 26 pts;

1982 - Japanese F3 (Racing Team Hayate), 6th, 67 pts;

1983 - Japanese F2 (Rays Racing), 19th, 1 pt;

1984 - Japanese F2 (Rays Racing), 18th, 5 pts;

1985 - WSC (Rays Racing), 1 race;

           JSPC (Rays Racing), 18th, 19 pts;

1986 - WSC (Toyota Team Tom's), 1 race;

           JSPC (Toyota Team Tom's), 8th, 29 pts;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's);

1987 - Japanese F3 (Team Tom's), 2nd, 112 pts, 2 wins;

           WSC (Alpha Cubic Racing), 1 race;

           JSPC (Alpha Cubic Racing/Toyota Team Tom's), ???, 1 win;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's);

1988 - Japanese F3000 (Leyton House Racing);

           Japanese F3 (Fuanaki Racing), 4th, 27 pts, 1 win;

           WSC (Toyota Team Tom's), 2 races;

           JSPC (Toyota Team Tom's), 30th, 9 pts;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's), 9th, 100 pts;

           Asia-Pacific Touring Cars (Toyota Team Tom's), 1 race;

1989 - Japanese F3000 (Auto Beaurex Motorsport), Champion, 33 pts, 1 win;

           WSC (Toyota Team Tom's), 1 race;

           JSPC (Toyota Team Tom's), 7th, 43 pts, 1 win;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's), 4th, 116 pts;

1990 - Japanese F3000 (Stellar International), 2nd, 34 pts;

           WSC (Toyota Team Tom's), 3 races;

           JSPC (Toyota Team Tom's), 13th, 26 pts, 1 win;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's), 32nd, 39 pts, 1 race ??;

1991 - Japanese F3000 (Stellar International), 5th, 20 pts;

           JSPC (Toyota Team Tom's), 3rd, 85 pts, 1 win;

           JTC (Toyota Team Tom's), 28th, 43 pts, 1 win;

1992 - Japanese F3000 (Racing Team Cerumo), 16th, 2 pts, 1 race;

           WSC (Toyota Team Tom's), 11th, 20 pts, 1 win, 2 races;

 

As I have said before, it is extremely complicated to find reliable sources about Japanese drivers and motoring scene, unless we're taking about big names. I am sure there is a huge lot of information on Japanese websites, but I don't know the language or where to find them.



#9 GMiranda

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Posted 20 February 2021 - 19:26

Here is the article I wrote on Hitoshi Ogawa, I hadn't much information so I did my best. This one is a brand new release

 

https://realmofmotor...like-prost.html