Heros Racing (listed in some sources as Heroes Racing) was a Japanese motor racing team which competed briefly in Formula One in the 1976 and 1977 seasons. The team entered the 1976 and 1977 Japanese Grands Prix, each time with local driver Kazuyoshi Hoshino with a best result of 11th in 1977. The team also competed in two races in the 1978 European Formula Two Championship and in Japanese top formula racing.
|Full name||Heros Racing Corporation|
|Noted drivers||Kazuyoshi Hoshino|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|First entry||1976 Japanese Grand Prix|
|Final entry||1977 Japanese Grand Prix|
The team's first F1 race was the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, where Hoshino qualified 21st using an outdated Tyrrell 007. However, in the race, run in very wet conditions, he placed as high as third at one point before having to pit for replacement tyres. He was forced to retire on lap 28 (of 73), having used all his available tyres.
Japanese Top Formula racingEdit
The Japanese Top Formula series (also known as the Super Formula Championship) was the premier single-seater domestic series run to various formulae over several years. In 1973, Motoharu Kurosawa, driving a March 722 for Heros Racing, won the inaugural series run to Formula 2000 rules. This success was repeated in 1976 with Noritake Takahara driving a Nova-BMW and again in 1977 with Hoshino using a Nova. In 1978, the series moved to Formula Two rules and Hoshino again took the title with a Nova-BMW.
In 1984, 1985 and 1986 the team achieved a further hat-trick of title wins with Japanese driver Satoru Nakajima in a March-Honda, and one further title in 1991 for Ukyo Katayama (Lola-Cosworth DFV) when the series had moved on to Formula 3000 regulations.
Complete Formula One resultsEdit
|1976||Tyrrell 007||Cosworth V8||Kazuyoshi Hoshino||BRA||RSA||USW||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||NED||ITA||CAN||USA||JPN
|1977||Kojima KE009||Cosworth V8||Kazuyoshi Hoshino||ARG||BRA||RSA||USW||ESP||MON||BEL||SWE||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||NED||ITA||USA||CAN||JPN
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- Henry, Alan (December 1976). "The Japanese Grand Prix". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 34. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 191. ISBN 0851127029.
- Henry, Alan (December 1977). "The Japanese Grand Prix: Hunt leaves no doubt". Motor Sport magazine archive. p. 44. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Heros Racing Corporation". Motor Sport magazine database. 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
- "Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Racing career profile, Driver Database". www.driverdb.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Motoharu Kurosawa". driverdb.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Noritake Takahara". www.historicracing.com. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
- "Satoru Nakajima". driverdb.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- "Ukyo Katayama". www.driverdb.com. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
- Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 190. ISBN 0851127029.