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The 1985 Fuji 1000 Kilometres was the ninth round of the 1985 World Endurance Championship as well as the fifth round of the 1985 All Japan Endurance Championship. It took place at the Fuji Speedway, Japan on October 6, 1985.

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RainEdit

Prior to the start of the race, heavy rain fell on the Fuji circuit. Several racing teams were concerned with the safety of the circuit under such conditions, even leading to the Italiya Lancia withdrawing just prior to the warm-up laps. Although the race started, the first ten laps were held under caution in order for the drivers to adapt to the wet circuit. Three teams chose to immediately withdraw before the first lap was even completed, including the two Rothmans Porsches. Within the next several laps, both Tom Walkinshaw Jaguars also returned to the pits to withdraw. The first Japanese squad to withdraw after the race began was the Alpha Cubic Porsche, stopping after only six laps, and followed two laps later by both Mazdas. By time caution was withdrawn at the beginning of the eleventh lap, fifteen cars had already returned to the pits to withdraw. They were joined a lap later by the Bartlett Chevron, the last remaining European entry.

Eighteen cars remained in the event, all Japanese squads. The torrential rain continued however, and after two hours of racing, the organisers chose to end the event after completing only a fourth of the scheduled distance. As the race was shortened, half points were awarded in the Teams Championship, as well as the Drivers Championship, but only to those drivers who had actually had a chance to drive during the race.

Official resultsEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 75% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
Engine
1 C1 28   Hoshino Racing   Kazuyoshi Hoshino
  Akira Hagiwara
  Keiji Matsumoto
March 85G [ja] ? 62
Nissan VG30ET 3.0 L Turbo V6
2 C1 12   Panasport Japan   Osamu Nakako
  Akio Morimoto
  Emanuele Pirro
LeMans LM05C [ja] ? 61
Nissan VG30ET 3.0 L Turbo V6
3 C1 36   Tom's   Satoru Nakajima
  Masanori Sekiya
Tom's 85C B 61
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
4 C1 45   Auto Beaurex Motorsport   Naoki Nagasaka
  Taku Akaike
Tom's 85C ? 61
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
5 C1 50   Hasemi Motor Sport [ja]   Masahiro Hasemi
  Takao Wada
March 85G [ja] ? 60
Nissan VG30ET 3.0 L Turbo V6
6 C1 60   Trust Racing Team [ja]   Vern Schuppan
  George Fouché
  Keiichi Suzuki
Porsche 956 ? 60
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
7 C1 35   Misaki Speed   Toshio Suzuki
  Kaoru Hoshino
Tom's 85C ? 59
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
8 C1 30   Central 20 Racing Team   Aguri Suzuki
  Haruhito Yanagida
Lola T810 D 59
Nissan VG30ET 3.0 L Turbo V6
9 C1 38   Dome Motorsport   Geoff Lees
  Eje Elgh
Dome 85C D 58
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
10 C1 37   Team Ikuzawa   Tiff Needell
  James Weaver
Tom's 85C ? 57
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
11 GTU 175   Trust Racing Team   Mitsutake Koma
  Ryuusaku Hitomi
Toyota Celica ? 57
Toyota 2.0 L I4
12 GTP 172   Top Fuel Racing   Norimasa Sakamoto
  Hironobu Tatsumi
Mazda RX-7 855 ? 56
Mazda 13B 1.3 L Turbo 2-Rotor
13 C1 57   Rays Racing Division   Hitoshi Ogawa
  Tsunehisa Asai
Tom's 84C [ja] ? 56
Toyota 4T-GT 2.1 L Turbo I4
14 C2 84   Auto Beaurex Motorsport   Kazuo Mogi
  Toshio Motohashi
Lotec M1C ? 55
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
15 GTX 174   OZ Racing   Kenji Seino
  Mutsuo Kazama
Mazda RX-7 254 ? 54
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
16 GTX 173   Mazda Sport Car Club   Iwao Sugai
  Hiroshi Sugai
Mazda RX-7 254 ? 50
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
17
DNF
C2 96   Mr. S Racing Product   Syuuji Fujii
  Seiichi Sodeyama
  Tooru Sawada
Mishima Auto 84C ? 51
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
18
DNF
C1 25   Advan Sports Nova [ja]   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Kenji Takahashi
Porsche 962C Y 34
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
19
WD
C2 100   Barlett Chevron Racing   Robin Smith
  Kenneth Leim
  Martin Birrane
Chevron B62 A 11
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
20
WD
C1 27   FromA [ja] Racing [ja]   Jiro Yoneyama
  Hideki Okada
Porsche 956 ? 10
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
21
DNF
C2 98   Roy Baker Promotion Ford   Roy Baker
  David Andrews
Tiga GC285 A 10
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.8 L Turbo I4
22
WD
C1 7   New Man [fr] Joest Racing   "John Winter"
  Paolo Barilla
  Marc Duez
Porsche 956B D 9
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
23
WD
C1 14   Richard Lloyd Racing   Kenny Acheson
  Johnny Dumfries
Porsche 956 GTi G 9
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
24
WD
C1 34   Kreepy Krauly [za] Racing
  Cosmik Racing
  Christian Danner
  Costas Los
  Anders Olofsson
March 84G Y 9
Porsche Type-956 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
25
WD
C2 85   Mazdaspeed   Yoshimi Katayama
  Takashi Yorino
Mazda 737C D 8
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
26
WD
C2 86   Mazdaspeed   Yojiro Terada
  David Kennedy
Mazda 737C D 8
Mazda 13B 1.3 L 2-Rotor
27
WD
C1 33   John Fitzpatrick Racing   Jo Gartner
  Michael Roe
Porsche 956B Y 6
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
28
WD
C1 48   Alpha Cubic Racing Team [ja]   Noritake Takahara
  Chiyomi Totani
Porsche 956B ? 6
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
29
WD
C1 51   TWR Jaguar   John Nielsen
  Mike Thackwell
Jaguar XJR-6 [fr] D 4
Jaguar 6.2 L V12
30
WD
C1 52   TWR Jaguar   Hans Heyer
  Steve Soper
Jaguar XJR-6 [fr] D 4
Jaguar 6.2 L V12
31
WD
C1 23   Cheetah Automobiles Switzerland   Bernard de Dryver
  Laurent Ferrier
Cheetah G604 D 3
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
32
WD
C1 8   New Man [fr] Joest Racing   "John Winter"
  Paul Belmondo
  Mauricio de Narváez
Porsche 956 D 2
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
33
WD
C1 1   Rothmans Porsche   Jochen Mass
  Jacky Ickx
Porsche 962C D 0
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
34
WD
C1 2   Rothmans Porsche   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Derek Bell
Porsche 956 D 0
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
35
WD
C2 74   Gebhardt Motorsport   Stanley Dickens
  Frank Jelinski
  John Graham
Gebhardt JC853 A 0
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
DNS C1 47   Garage Italiya [ja]   Henri Pescarolo
  Lucio Cesario
Lancia LC2 ? -
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
DNQ C2 99   Roy Baker Promotion Ford   Roy Baker
  Bill Bean
Tiga GC284 A -
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.8 L Turbo I4
DNQ GTU 176   Norikura Engineering   Yoshimasa Fujiwara
  Makio Nonaka
  Junichi Igura
Nissan Silvia ? -
Nissan 2.0 L I6

StatisticsEdit

  • Pole Position - #2 Rothmans Porsche - 1:15.92
  • Average Speed - 135.379 km/h

ReferencesEdit

  • "FIA World Endurance Championship 1985 - 1000 km Fuji". World Sports Racing Prototypes. 2005-10-02. Archived from the original on 26 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-09.


World Sportscar Championship
Previous race:
1985 1000 km of Brands Hatch
1985 season Next race:
1985 800 km of Selangor
All Japan Sports Prototype Championship
Previous race:
1985 1000 km of Suzuka
1985 season Next race:
1985 500 km of Fuji