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Akira Iida (Shinjitai: 飯田 章, Iida Akira, born 18 December 1969 in Sagamihara, Kanagawa) is a Japanese racing driver currently competing in the Super GT series in GT300 class with LM corsa [ja], one of the teams under Toyota Motorsport's GAZOO racing arm. Iida won the 2002 All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship GT500 class with Esso Toyota Team LeMans, driving with Juichi Wakisaka. He also won 2013 Asian Le Mans Series GTE class driving for Team Taisan Ken Endless.

Akira Iida
NationalityJapanese
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years1994-1996, 2000
TeamsTeam Kunimitsu Honda, TV Asahi Team Dragon
Best finish8th (1995, 2000)
Class wins1 (1995)

Iida was also a presenter on the Japanese Best Motoring TV series.

CareerEdit

Iida has competed in Super GT since 1994; he has five career wins and also won the driver's title in 2002.

Iida has also driven in Formula 3000 and Formula Nippon.

Being experienced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Akira Iida did also participate in the 2008 24 Hours Nürburgring race as well as in VLN endurance races, winning his class twice with a Lexus LF-A.

On August 31, 2011, Iida recorded a lap time of 7:14.64 in a fully road-legal Lexus LFA Nürburgring Package around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This marked a new fastest time for regular production cars, running on standard specification tyres.

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1994   Kremer Honda Racing
  Team Kunimitsu
  Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 222 18th 9th
1995   Team Kunimitsu Honda   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 275 8th 1st
1996   Team Kunimitsu Honda   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Keiichi Tsuchiya
Honda NSX GT2 305 16th 3rd
2000   TV Asahi Team Dragon   Keiichi Tsuchiya
  Masahiko Kondō
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 330 8th 7th
2002   Team Taisan Advan   Atsushi Yogo
  Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 316 21st 3rd
2003   Team Taisan Advan   Atsushi Yogo
  Kazuyuki Nishizawa
Porsche 911 GT3-RS GT 304 19th 4th

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Hironori Takeuchi
Yuji Tachikawa
All-Japan Grand Touring Car Champion (GT500)
2002 with:
Juichi Wakisaka
Succeeded by
Satoshi Motoyama
Michael Krumm