Suzuka 10 Hours

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The Summer Endurance Race, currently known as the Suzuka 10 Hours, is an annual motorsport event for sports cars that has been held at the Suzuka International Racing Course, Mie Prefecture, Japan since 1966.[1] The race is currently held over a duration of ten hours as part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, but at times in its history has been a 500 kilometre, 700 kilometre, or 1000 kilometre endurance race as part of various championships including Super GT and its predecessors.

Suzuka 10 Hours
Suzuka circuit map--2005.svg
VenueSuzuka International Racing Course
Corporate sponsorBH Auction
First race1966
First IGTC race2018
Duration10 Hours
Previous names1000 km Suzuka
GT Summer Special
Most wins (driver)Kunimitsu Takahashi (4)
Most wins (manufacturer)Porsche (11)


Fireworks at the 2014 race.

The race, as a 1000 kilometre race, was first held as a standalone event from 1966 to 1973. After a hiatus, the event returned in 1980 for three years before joining the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, the forerunner to Super GT, in 1983.[1] The event later hosted a round round of the 1992 World Sportscar Championship before these series were cancelled. After that the race became part of many different series, including the BPR Global GT Series from 1994 to 1996, the FIA GT Championship from 1997 to 1998, and the Super Taikyu Series as well as returning to being a non-championship event. In 2006, the race was added to the Super GT championship calendar for the first time. Previously, the race was open to JGTC/Super GT cars, but only a handful of competitors from the Super GT championship took part. In 2018, the race moved to the Intercontinental GT Challenge championship, replacing the Sepang 12 Hours held in Malaysia, featuring GT3 (including Super GT-X cars, which is the domestic nomenclature in that series for GT3) and selected Super GT300 cars.[2]


The race was traditionally held over 1000 kilometres from 1966 to 2008. From 2009 to 2011, the race length varied; the 2009 Super GT race was shortened to 700 km due to increasing costs and CO
emissions regulations, as well as the economic crisis. The 700 km distance was retained in 2010, but as a result of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Super GT energy conservation regulations in force that year, the race was cut to 500 km.[1] From 2012, the race returned to being a 1000 kilometre event. In 2018, the race became a 10-hour event as part of its move from Super GT into the Intercontinental GT Challenge, matching the distance of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race Petit Le Mans held in Braselton, Georgia (United States).[2][3]


Kunimitsu Takahashi holds the all-time record with four victories at this event (1973, 1984, 1985, 1989).[1] In terms of active Super GT drivers, Daisuke Ito is the most successful driver with three victories. Former 24 Hours of Le Mans winners Henri Pescarolo (1981), Vern Schuppan (1983), Stanley Dickens (1988–89), Derek Warwick (1992), Yannick Dalmas (1992), Masanori Sekiya (1987, 1995), JJ Lehto (1996), Benoît Tréluyer (2006), Andre Lotterer (2007), and Loïc Duval (2011) have also won the event in years past, as well as thirty-time Le Mans entrant Bob Wollek, five-time 24 Hours Nürburgring winner Marcel Tiemann, 1989 Japanese Grand Prix winner Alessandro Nannini, and 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship Drivers' Champion Mark Webber.

List of winnersEdit

Year Overall Winner(s) Entrant Car Series Length
1966   Sachio Fukuzawa [ja]
  Tomohiko Tsutsumi [ja]
Toyota 2000GT Non-championship 1000 km
1967   Shintaro Taki [ja]
  Kenjiro Tanaka [ja]
Porsche 906
1968   Sachio Fukuzawa [ja]
  Hiroshi Fushida
Toyota 7
1969   Tomohiko Tsutsumi [ja]
  Jiro Yoneyama
Porsche 906
1970   Kawakami Nishino
  Koji Fujita
Nissan Fairlady Z432
1971   Yoshimasa Kawaguchi
  Hiroshi Fushida
Porsche 910
1972   Harukuni Takahashi [ja]
  Kenichi Takeshita
Toyota Celica 1600GT-R
1973   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Kenji Tohira [ja]
Nissan Fairlady Z432R

Not held
1980   Hironobu Tatsumi
  Naoki Nagasaka
March 75S-Mazda Non-championship 1000 km
1981   Bob Wollek
  Henri Pescarolo
  Porsche Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K3
1982   Fumiyasu Sato
  Naoki Nagasaka
  Auto Beaurex Motor Sports BMW M1
1983   Naohiro Fujita
  Vern Schuppan
  Trust Racing Team Porsche 956 JSPC
1984   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Kenji Takahashi
  Geoff Lees
  Advan Sport Team Nova Porsche 956
1985   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Kenji Takahashi
  Advan Sport Team Nova Porsche 962C
1986   Jiro Yoneyama
  Hideki Okada
  Tsunehisa Asai
  FromA Racing Porsche 956
1987   Geoff Lees
  Masanori Sekiya
  Hitoshi Ogawa
  Toyota Team TOM's Toyota 87C [ja]
1988   Hideki Okada
  Stanley Dickens
  FromA Racing Porsche 962C
1989   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Stanley Dickens
  Advan Alpha Nova Racing Porsche 962C
1990   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Toshio Suzuki
  Nissan Motorsports Nissan R90CP
1991   Roland Ratzenberger
  Pierre-Henri Raphanel
  Naoki Nagasaka
  Toyota Team SARD Toyota 91C-V [ja]
1992   Derek Warwick
  Yannick Dalmas
  Peugeot Talbot Sport Peugeot 905 Evo 1B WSC
1993   Takao Wada
  Toshio Suzuki
  Team LeMans Nissan R92CP JGTC
1994   Jean-Pierre Jarier
  Bob Wollek
  Jesús Pareja
  Larbre Competition Porsche 911 Turbo S LM-GT BPR GT
1995   Ray Bellm
  Maurizio Sandro Sala
  Masanori Sekiya
  GTC Racing McLaren F1 GTR
1996   Ray Bellm
  James Weaver
  JJ Lehto
  Gulf Racing GTC McLaren F1 GTR
1997   Alessandro Nannini
  Marcel Tiemann
  AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR FIA GT
1998   Bernd Schneider
  Mark Webber
  AMG-Mercedes Mercedes-Benz CLK LM
1999   Osamu Nakako [ja]
  Ryo Michigami
  Katsutomo Kaneishi
  Mugen x Dome Project Honda NSX GT500 Non-championship
2000   Juichi Wakisaka
  Katsutomo Kaneishi
  Daisuke Ito
  Mugen x Dome Project Honda NSX GT500
2001   Hironori Takeuchi
  Yuji Tachikawa
  Shigekazu Wakisaka [ja]
  Toyota Team Cerumo Toyota Supra GT500
2002   Juichi Wakisaka
  Akira Iida
  Shigekazu Wakisaka [ja]
  Esso Toyota Team LeMans Toyota Supra GT500
2003   Ryo Michigami
  Sébastien Philippe
  Dome Racing Team Honda NSX GT500
2004   Ryo Michigami
  Sébastien Philippe
  Daisuke Ito
  Dome Racing Team Honda NSX GT500
2005   André Couto
  Ronnie Quintarelli
  Hayanari Shimoda
  Denso Toyota Team SARD Toyota Supra GT500
2006   Benoît Tréluyer
  Kazuki Hoshino
  Jérémie Dufour [fr]
  Calsonic Team Impul Nissan Fairlady Z GT500 Super GT
2007   André Lotterer
  Juichi Wakisaka
  Oliver Jarvis
  Houzan Toyota Team TOM's Lexus SC430 GT500
2008   Tsugio Matsuda
  Sébastien Philippe
  Calsonic Team Impul Nissan GT-R GT500
2009   Hiroaki Ishiura
  Kazuya Oshima
  Lexus Team Kraft Lexus SC430 GT500 700 km
2010   Ralph Firman
  Yuji Ide
  Takashi Kobayashi
  Autobacs Racing Team Aguri Honda HSV-010 GT GT500
2011   Takashi Kogure
  Loïc Duval
  Weider Honda Racing Honda HSV-010 GT GT500 500 km
2012   Masataka Yanagida
  Ronnie Quintarelli
  MOLA International Nissan GT-R GT500 1000 km
2013   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Naoki Yamamoto
  Weider Modulo Dome Racing Honda HSV-010 GT GT500
2014   Kazuki Nakajima
  James Rossiter
  Lexus Team Petronas TOM's Lexus RC F GT500
2015   Daisuke Ito
  James Rossiter
  Lexus Team Petronas TOM's Lexus RC F GT500
2016   Yuji Tachikawa
  Hiroaki Ishiura
  Lexus Team ZENT Cerumo Lexus RC F GT500
2017   Bertrand Baguette
  Kosuke Matsuura
  Nakajima Racing Honda NSX-GT GT500
2018   Maro Engel
  Raffaele Marciello
  Tristan Vautier
  Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Intercontinental GT Challenge 1603km
996 mi
(10 hours)
2019   Kelvin van der Linde
  Dries Vanthoor
  Frédéric Vervisch
  Audi Sport Team WRT Audi R8 LMS Evo 1556km
967 mi
(10 hours)

Multiple winnersEdit

By driverEdit

Wins Driver Years
4   Kunimitsu Takahashi 1973, 1984, 1985, 1989
3   Naoki Nagasaka 1980, 1982, 1991
  Ryo Michigami 1999, 2003, 2004
  Juichi Wakisaka 2000, 2002, 2007
  Sébastien Philippe 2003, 2004, 2008
  Daisuke Ito 2000, 2004, 2015
2   Sachio Fukuzawa 1966, 1968
  Tomohiko Tsutsumi 1966, 1969
  Hiroshi Fushida 1968, 1971
  Kenji Takahashi 1984, 1985
  Jiro Yoneyama 1969, 1986
  Geoff Lees 1984, 1987
  Hideki Okada 1986, 1988
  Stanley Dickens 1988, 1989
  Toshio Suzuki 1990, 1993
  Bob Wollek 1981, 1994
  Masanori Sekiya 1987, 1995
  Ray Bellm 1995, 1996
  Katsutomo Kaneishi 1999, 2000
  Shigekazu Wakisaka 2001, 2002
  Ronnie Quintarelli 2005, 2012
  James Rossiter 2014, 2015
  Yuji Tachikawa 2001, 2016
  Hiroaki Ishiura 2009, 2016

By manufacturerEdit

Wins Manufacturer Years
11   Porsche 1967, 1969, 1971, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1994
8   Toyota 1966, 1968, 1972, 1987, 1991, 2001, 2002, 2005
  Honda 1999, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017
7   Nissan 1970, 1973, 1990, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2012
5   Lexus 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016
3   Mercedes-Benz 1997, 1998, 2018
2   McLaren 1995, 1996

Event namesEdit

  • 1966–2005: Suzuka 1000km
  • 2006–08: International Pokka 1000km
  • 2010–12: Pokka GT Summer Special
  • 2013: International Pokka Sapporo 1000km
  • 2014–17: Suzuka 1000km
  • 2018–present: Suzuka 10 Hours


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