Akihiko Nakaya

Akihiko Nakaya (中谷明彦, Nakaya Akihiko, born November 3, 1957) is a successful racing driver in the Japanese Touring Car Championship and F3000,[1][2] as well as regular presenter on the Japanese motoring show Best Motoring. Nakaya offered a distinctively analytical approach to reviewing cars on the show, providing detailed analyses of various vehicle components and explaining certain driving styles that were best suited to their characteristics. He was a regular driver of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions during Best Motoring races involving the I, II, III, IV, V, VI (including the Tommi Makinen Edition), VII, and VIII of the car, often recording lap times significantly quicker than other drivers of the same vehicle.

Nakaya's name was applied to a special preface-build of the Mitsubishi FTO, the Nakaya-Tune FTO, which appeared in 1997.

Nakaya was considered for a Formula One ride with Brabham in 1992, but the FIA would not grant him a superlicense on the grounds that Japanese F3000 (today the Super Formula Championship) was, at the time, not considered a stepping stone to F1. The ride eventually went to Giovanna Amati, who was more known for her wealth than talent and was replaced three races into the season by future World Champion Damon Hill.

Career resultsEdit

Complete World Touring Car Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1987   Ralliart Australia Mitsubishi Starion Turbo MNZ JAR DIJ NUR SPA BNO SIL BAT
ovr:5
cls:4
CLD
ovr:9
cls:5
WEL NC 0
  STP Mitsubishi Ralliart FJI
ovr:10
cls:5

† Not eligible for series points

Complete Japanese Formula 3 resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Pts
1987 Le Garage Cox Racing Team VW SUZ
1
TSU
3
FUJ
1
SUZ
22
SUG
13
SEN
Ret
MIN
15
TSU
3
SUZ
6
SUZ
Ret
5th 70
1988 Le Garage Cox Racing Team Mugen SUZ
7
TSU
8
FUJ
3
SUZ
2
SUG
1
TSU
2
SEN
Ret
SUZ
2
MIN
2
SUZ
1
1st 46

Japanese Formula 3000 Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Pts
1989 Marlboro Team Nova SUZ
10
FUJ
11
MIN
Ret
SUZ
8
SUG
2
FUJ
7
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
9
10th 6
1990 Team Take One SUZ
Ret
FUJ
13
MIN
8
SUZ
Ret
SUG
5
FUJ
4
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
8
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
Ret
12th 5
1991 Cox Racing Team SUZ
16
AUT
1
FUJ
Ret
MIN
Ret
SUZ
7
SUG
3
FUJ
8
SUZ
4
FUJ
C
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
15
6th 16
1992 Cox Racing Team SUZ
Ret
FUJ
DNQ
MIN
11
SUZ
Ret
AUT
Ret
SUG
8
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
9
SUZ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
FUJ
8
NC 0
1993年 Cox Racing Team SUZ FUJ
17
MIN
Ret
SUZ
10
AUT
C
SUG
11
FUJ
C
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
15
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
14
NC 0
1994 Speed Star Wheel Racing Team SUZ
15
FUJ
15
MIN
Ret
SUZ
10
SUG
10
FUJ
Ret
SUZ FUJ FUJ SUZ 15th 1

Complete Japanese Touring Car Championship (-1993) resultsEdit

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 DC Pts
1986 STP Ralliart Mitsubishi Starion Turbo Div.3 NIS
4
SUG
2
TSU
1
SEN
Ret
FUJ
Ret
SUZ
2
? ?
1987 STP Ralliart Mitsubishi Starion Turbo Div.3 NIS
1
SEN
1
TSU
Ret
SUG
18
FUJ
10
SUZ
Ret
? ?
1988 STP Ralliart Mitsubishi Starion Turbo JTC-1 SUZ NIS
4
SEN
2
TSU
Ret
SUG
Ret
FUJ
15
? ?
1993 Auto Tech Racing BMW M3 Sport Evolution JTC-2 MIN
4
AUT
6
SUG
6
SUZ
6
TAI
7
TSU
7
TOK
8
SEN
22
FUJ
NC
1st 134

Complete Japanese Touring Car Championship (1994-) resultsEdit

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 DC Pts
1994 Team Take One BMW 318i AUT
1

11
AUT
2

Ret
SUG
1

10
SUG
2

Ret
TOK
1

13
TOK
2

12
SUZ
1

Ret
SUZ
2

21
MIN
1

10
MIN
2

5
AID
1

Ret
AID
2

8
TSU
1

12
TSU
2

Ret
SEN
1

10
SEN
2

9
FUJ
1

Ret
FUJ
2

23
20th 14
1995 Auto Tech Racing BMW 318i FUJ
1

16
FUJ
2

Ret
SUG
1

Ret
SUG
2

Ret
TOK
1

5
TOK
2

5
SUZ
1

8
SUZ
2

7
MIN
1

4
MIN
2

Ret
AID
1

Ret
AID
2

DNS
SEN
1

9
SEN
2

8
FUJ
1

Ret
FUJ
2

14
12th 31
1996 Auto Tech Racing BMW 318i FUJ
1

13
FUJ
2

13
SUG
1

7
SUG
2

Ret
SUZ
1

Ret
SUZ
2

Ret
MIN
1

17
MIN
2

5
SEN
1

1
SEN
2

19
TOK
1

5
TOK
2

7
FUJ
1

9
FUJ
2

8
10th 40
1997 Auto Tech Racing BMW 318i FUJ
1
FUJ
2
AID
1
AID
2
SUG
1
SUG
2
SUZ
1
SUZ
2
MIN
1

Ret
MIN
2

8
SEN
1

Ret
SEN
2

DNS
TOK
1
TOK
2
FUJ
1
FUJ
2
17th 3
1998 Object T Toyota Corona EXiV FUJ
1
FUJ
2
MOT SUG
1

Ret
SUG
2

Ret
SUZ
1

Ret
SUZ
2

6
MIN
1

7
MIN
2

Ret
AID
8
FUJ
6
9th 32

Complete All-Japan GT Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Pts
1998 Team Taeivon Ralliart Mitsubishi FTO GT300 SUZ
3
FUJ
C
SEN
8
FUJ
Ret
MOT
Ret
MIN
6
SUG
2
5th 37
1999 Team Taeivon Ralliart Mitsubishi FTO GT300 SUZ
2
FUJ SUG
5
MIN
Ret
FUJ
3
TAI
8
MOT
7
6th 42
2000 Hitotsuyama Racing McLaren F1 GTR GT500 MOT
14
FUJ
11
SUG
Ret
FUJ
Ret
TAI
17
MIN
10
SUZ
Ret
23rd 1
2001 Hitotsuyama Racing McLaren F1 GTR GT500 TAI
10
FUJ
13
SUG
Ret
FUJ MOT
Ret
SUZ
Ret
MIN 26th 1

Complete Bathurst 1000 resultsEdit

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1986 53   Mitsubishi Ralliart   Brad Jones Mitsubishi Starion Turbo B 61 DNF DNF
1987 16   Ralliart Australia   Gary Scott
  John French
Mitsubishi Starion Turbo 1 154 5th 4th

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
pos.
1989   Brun Motorsport
  From-A Racing
  Harald Grohs
  Sarel van der Merwe
Porsche 962C C1 78 DNF DNF
1997   Team Lark McLaren   Gary Ayles
  Keiichi Tsuchiya
McLaren F1 GTR LMGT1 88 DNF DNF
1999   Team Goh   Hiroki Katoh
  Hiro Matsushita
BMW V12 LM LMP 223 DNF DNF

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Akihiko Nakaya". Driver Database. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Akihiko Nakaya". Speedsport Magazine. Retrieved 27 May 2014.