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Fuji Inter-tec 500 km

Fuji, Japan

Date: 15/11/1987
Track length: 4.470 m
Attendance: 63.300
Entries accepted: 57
Starters: 46
Finishers: 30

Pole position: Ludwig/Niedzwietz in 1.36,981
Fastest lap: Ludwig/Niedzwietz in 1.39,249 = 162,1 kmh

Distance: 500 km
Average speed: 156,3 kmh
Weather: Cloudy, dry
Ruleset: Group A
Car info: 1987 Cars

 

Ford tried to play it safe, and entered a third car for Hahne and Schneider under the banner of Andy Rouse - a bad decision, since Rouse sold his own car to Japan and shared this with Nagasaka - with this new entry, he lost the chance for points, while Hahne and Schneider had endless problems and never got near the front.
The tale that the Australian protest were withdrawn (after the cars were cleared from using illegal fuel) was nearly true; but the team of Frank Gardner hadn’t, and days before the race, the Sierras were finally disqualified from the Bathurst 1000 - the wheel houses were indeed bigger than allowed, which helped to lower the cars and use 17” wheels.
Now Ford (Ludwig and Niedzwiedz) was 6 points behind instead of 28 points in the lead; Ludwig and Niedzwiedz had to win, while a second Sierra had to block Ravaglia from second. The wheel arches were hastily modified, and after practice the Ford empire was happy; two cars on the front row, only the third car was way back in 12th. BMW was happy too; Ravaglia was only 2 seconds a lap slower than the Sierras.
The race started well for Ford, though Soper took the lead after an error of Ludwig. The third car ran into all sorts of problems, concluding in a collision with a Holden; they finished a lowly 17th.
Just before half-distance, the Sierras came in, took a little fuel and soft tires and haunted for 20 laps. After the next regular stop, they were still ahead of the BMWs, led by Ravaglia. But 17 laps before the end, Dieudonné was missing; he came in with a blown rear tire. So Ravaglia was now second in the WTCC classification; to add insult to injury, Rouse finished second on the road but did not take away points from Ravaglia, who took the title!
Both Toyota and Nissan had been quick in practice, but had an unlucky race.


Division 1, 2 and 3
Pos Pos in class Champ
pos.
# Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1 1/1 6 Eggenberger Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Klaus Ludwig, D
Klaus Niedzwiedz, D
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 112 laps, 3:12.07,669 1 1.36,981    
2 2   10 Trampio
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Andy Rouse, GB
Naoki Nagasaka, J
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 112 laps, 3:12.39,987 3 1.37,331    
3 1 2/1 46 BMW M Team Schnitzer
BMW M3
Roberto Ravaglia, I
Emanuele Pirro, I
2332 L4 Div. 2 112 laps, 3:12.55,378 8 1.39,101    
4 2 3/2 40 BMW M Team Schnitzer
BMW M3
Dieter Quester, A
Markus Oestreich, D
Roberto Ravaglia, I
2332 L4 Div. 2 112 laps, 3:13.27,817 13 1.39,828    
5 3 4/2 7 Eggenberger Motorsport
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Steve Soper, GB
Pierre Dieudonné, B
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 112 laps, 3:13.48,138 2 1.37,326    
6 3 5/3 42 CiBiEmme Sport
BMW M3
Johnny Cecotto, YV
Gianfranco Brancatelli, I
2332 L4 Div. 2 110 laps, 3:12.10,865 14 1.40,338    
7 4 6/4 43 BMW M Team Bigazzi
BMW M3
Luis Perez Sala, E
Olivier Grouillard, F
2332 L4 Div. 2 110 laps, 3:12.44,507 10 1.39,358    
8 5   55 Autotech Racing Team
BMW M3
Will Hoy, GB
Haruto Yanagida, J
2332 L4 Div. 2 110 laps, 3:13.19,861 19 1.41,145    
9 4   37 TOM's Minolta
Toyota Supra Turbo MA70
Geoff Lees, GB
Kaoro Hoshino, J
2954 tc L6 Div. 3 109 laps, 3:12.21,201 4 1.37,891    
10 5   5 Ralliart STP
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Kunimitsu Takahashi, J
Akihiko Nakaya, J
1998 tc L4 Div. 3 109 laps, 3:13.03,169 9 1.39,300    
11 6   28 SRS
Volvo 240 Turbo
Ulf Granberg, S
Ian "Inky" Tulloch, NZ
2141 tc L4 Div. 3 109 laps, 3:13.39,576 17 1.41,117    
12 7   26 Advan/Tomei
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Kenji Takahashi, J
Takao Wada, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 109 laps, 3:13.51,087 18 1.41,138    
13 1   116 Mugen Motul Civic
Honda Civic Si AT
Osamu Nakako, J
Hideki Okada, J
Motozo Fujikawa, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 106 laps, 3:12.30,164 24 1.44,249    
14 8   20 Autotech Racing Team
BMW 635 CSi
Dave Scott, GB
Takamasa Nakagawa, J
3475 L6 Div. 3 106 laps, 3:13.33,197 31 1.45,920    
15 9   23 Nismo Ricoh
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Anders Olofsson, S
Kazuyoshi Hoshino, J
2029 tc L6 Div. 3 105 laps, 3:12.20,376 5 1.38,069   Accident?
16 2   111 Trampio
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Hisashi Yokoshima, J
Hisatoyo Goto, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 105 laps, 3:12.31,273 26 1.45,195    
17 10 7/3 8 Eggenberger/Rouse
Ford Sierra RS 500 Cosworth
Armin Hahne, D
Bernd Schneider, D
1993 tc L4 Div. 3 105 laps, 3:12.47,379 11 1.39,478    
18 3   167 Team Yamato
Honda Civic Si AT
Tsuguo Oba, J
Katsuaki Sato, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 106 laps, 3:13.36,238 32 1.45,928    
19 4   107 TOM's Minolta
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Masanori Sekiya, J
Hitoshi Ogawa, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 104 laps, 3:12.45,537 25 1.44,993    
20 5   118 Weds Sport Japan
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Takeo Asano, J
Makoto Hagiwara, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 104 laps, 3:12.53,999 35 1.46,341    
21 6   160 Fuji Mecha Racing
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Hiroyuki Noji, J
Mutsuaki Sanada, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 103 laps, 3:12.16,275 40 1.47,235    
22 7   168 Team Yamato
Honda Civic Si AT
Ken Mizokawa, J
Yoshimi Watanabe, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 103 laps, 3:13.05,849 38 1.47,052    
23 11   22 Diesel Kiki Co. Ltd.
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Kenji Tohira, J
Masao Kamioka, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 103 laps, 3:13.20,688 15 1.40,671    
24 8   112 Trampio
Honda Civic Si AT
Tomohiko Tsutsumi, J
Kaoru Itou, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 100 laps, 3:12.49,171 29 1.45,763    
25 12   14  
Holden Commodore
Yasuo Ishimura, J
Masahiro Kimoto, J
Mutsumi Kumagai, J
4980 V8 Div. 3 100 laps, 3:14.07,277 30 1.45,860    
26 9   170 NOVA
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Yoshimi Ishibashi, J
Hiroyasu Aoyagi, J
Fumio Aiba, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 98 45 1.48,921    
27 7 8/1 100 Scuderia Autolodi Corse S.r.l.
Alfa Romeo 33
Alain Thiebaut, B
Daniele Toffoli, I
1498 B4 Div. 1 97 48 1.52,335    
28 8   101 SCCN
Nissan Pulsar EN13
Yoshinari Takasugi, J
Shinichi Katsura, J
ca. 1600 L4 Div. 1 96 47 1.49,954    
29 9   106 Advan
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Tsutomu Sakurai, J
Kenichi Okuyama, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 85 46 1.49,236    
30 10   121 TOM's Leyton House
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Kaori Okamoto, J
Hideshi Matsuda, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 85 37 1.46,653    
DNF     115 Epson
Honda Civic Si AT
Toshio Suzuki, J
Koji Sato, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 100 28 1.45,238    
DNF     102 Cosmo Oil
Honda Civic Si AT
Keiichi Tsuchiya, J
Yasuhiko Tanabe, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 97 39 1.47,205    
DNF     117 Advan
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Takahashi Abe, J
Masakazu Hamana, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 96 33 1.45,958    
DNF     122 TOM's Aramis 900
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Morio Nitta, J
Hideo Fukuyama, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 95 41 1.47,487    
DNF     36 TOM's
Toyota Supra Turbo MA70
Eje Elgh, S
Mauro Baldi, I
2954 tc L6 Div. 3 94 6 1.38,604   Accident
DNF     3 Sundai/Dunlop/ARJ
Rover Vitesse
Taku Akaike, J
Kenny Acheson, GB
Kaoru Iida, J
3532 V8 Div. 3 80 21 1.43,269    
DNF     128 Trust Racing
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Mitsutake Koma, J
Nobuko Koike, J
Susumu Tanno, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 68 36 1.46,630    
DNF     32 Nismo
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Masahiro Hasemi, J
Aguri Suzuki, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 63 7 1.38,821    
DNF     16 Hoshino Racing/ Leyton House
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Hajime Kitano, J
Masahiko Kageyama, J
Ryoichi Oono, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 35 12 1.39,701    
DNF     161 Fuji Mecha Racing
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Tatsuhiko Seki, J
Masami Ishikawa, J
Kazuhisa Shimura, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 33 43 1.48,331    
DNF     24 Diesel Kiki Co. Ltd.
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Motoji Sekine, J
Masami Miyoshi, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3 29 22 1.43,789    
DNF     125 Tsuchiya Engineering/Team Advan
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Kazuo Mogi, J
Tetsuya Ota, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 24 34 1.46,110    
DNF     30 Team Le Mans
Volvo 240 Turbo
Robert Kvist, S
Per-Gunnar "Peggen" Andersson, S
2141 tc L4 Div. 3 20 20 1.41,339    
DNF     109 Weds Sport Japan
Toyota Corolla FX-GT AE82
Yuji Nihei, J
Shinji Tsunashima, J
1587 L4 Div. 1 19 42 1.47,579    
DNF     103  
Toyota Corolla Levin AE86
Chris Hodgetts, GB
Mark Jennings, NZ
1587 L4 Div. 1 17 44 1.48,481    
DNF     185 Cabin Racing
Honda Civic Si AT
Yasuo Muramatsu, J
Kazuo Shimizu, J
1590 L4 Div. 1 10 27 1.45,203    
DNS     11 Nismo Ricoh
Nissan Skyline GTS-R Turbo HR31
Kazuyoshi Hoshino, J
Anders Olofsson, S
2029 tc L6 Div. 3     1.37,985   Spare car?
DNS     47 BMW M Team Schnitzer
BMW M3
Dieter Quester, A
Markus Oestreich, D
Emanuele Pirro, I
2332 L4 Div. 2   16 1.40,888    
DNS     15 Ralliart T&S
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo A183
Brad Jones, AUS
Sakae Obata, J
1998 tc L4 Div. 3     1.42,473   Crash in practice
DNS     99 Trust Racing
Toyota Celica 2.0 GT ST162
Keiichi Suzuki, J
Ryusaku Hitomi, J
1998 L4 Div. 2   23 1.44,231    
DNQ     45 Meiwa
Honda Prelude BA1
Sadao Masaki, J
Masaaki Ugajin, J
1958 L4 Div. 2     1.48,901    
DNQ     57 Gemini Irmscher Daiko
Isuzu Gemini JT150
? Hikaru Furuya, J
Shinji Fukusaki, J
Shunji Kasuya, J
1471 tc L4 Div. 2     1.49,298    
DNQ     33 Koto Development
Nissan Skyline RS Turbo DR30
Masao Endo, J
Michiei Shinbori, J
1990 tc L4 Div. 3     1.48,135    
DNQ     88 Milano House
Alfa Romeo 75 QV V6
Galass
Guido Dacco, I
2491 V6 Div. 2     1.50,510    
DNQ     58 Kamei
Isuzu Gemini JT150
Yoshio Ohira, J
Hideo Hosoya, J
1471 tc L4 Div. 2     1.51,365    
DNQ     91 Three Tech Gontanzaka
Nissan Bluebird Turbo
Yoshiro Nagata, J
Yoshitaka Konishi, J
1770 tc L4 Div. 2     2.10,268    
DNQ     19 Dunlop
Toyota Supra Turbo MA70
Shuroku Sasaki, J
2954 tc L6 Div. 3     2.19,016