Masahiro Hasemi

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Masahiro Hasemi (長谷見 昌弘, Hasemi Masahiro, born 13 November 1945, in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese former racing driver most notable for his appearances in Formula One and World Touring Car Masters.

Hasemi preparing for a Japanese Top Formula race in the early 1970s

Formula One

1976

Masahiro Hasemi made his Formula One racing debut at the inaugural Japanese Grand Prix for the unfancied Kojima Engineering at Fuji Speedway alongside Canadian rookie Gilles Villeneuve.

Against all odds, Hasemi brought the Kojima-Ford home in sixth place, scoring a point on his and his team's debut.

1977

Following his excellent result at Fuji the previous year, Hasemi was courted by several larger teams including Hesketh and Penske over the winter period. Hasemi spurned these advances and remained with the Kojima team for their sole entry in Japan.

1978-1979: McLaren

Hasemi would receive a surprising call-up by the McLaren team for the Italian Grand Prix, to replace Frenchman René Arnoux, who had been sacked by the team for poor performance. In his first outing at Monza, he drove respectably until a bizarre accident at the Ascari chicane, where he tried to swerve out of the way of a stricken competitor at the Variante Ascari and broke his car on the kerb. He failed to qualify at the Canadian Grand Prix, but had no such issues for the season finale at Watkins Glen where he finished a strong 9th, admittedly as a result of the heavy attrition throughout that race. Nevertheless, the professional performances impressed Teddy Mayer, so much so that Hasemi was unexpectedly retained by the team for a full-time drive in 1979 and given a two-year contract. He would be paired with the equally-surprising signing of Belgian veteran Jacky Ickx whom Teddy Mayer had been looking to sign in years before, one of the many bizarre outcomes of the chaotic 1978-1979 offseason. He proved able to justify Mayer's decision by finishing the first race of the 1979 season in the points.

World Touring Car Masters

1988

The newly formed World Touring Car Masters saw Nissan join the championship with three new Nissan Skyline R32s driven by Hasemi, Naoki Nagasaka and Kenji Katayama. The Skyline dominated the opening round in Australia, with Hasemi winning the Endurance race - but a protest from Ford saw the Skyline R32 have its homogolation withdrawn by the FIA for the rest of the season. The ruling saw Nissan return to the Skyline R31 GTS-R in the B Class division. The R31 proved quick for Hasemi and he took eight class wins over the course of the season on the way to third in class behind Nagasaka and independent driver Francisco Hernandez.

1989

With the R32 homogolated in time for the 1989 season, Nissan entered four Skylines for Hasemi, Nagasaka, new recruit Toshio Suzuki and Mercedes-Benz refugee and 1988 Class C Champion Roland Asch.

Unfortunately for Hasemi, his season would be a short one - after failing to qualify for the season opening race at Fuji Speedway, Hasemi was involved in a huge wreck at the Watkins Glen raceway which saw him suffer two broken legs - ending his season.

Hasemi was replaced by Impul's Kazuyoshi Hoshino, who in turn suffered an injury in the same car at the following round. Hoshino was replaced by 1988 Class D champion Andrea Geisler.

Complete Formula One Results

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Pts.
1976 Kojima Engineering Kojima KE-007 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON SOV FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA JPN
6
25th 1
1977 Kojima Engineering Kojima KE-009 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON FRA MUG SOV GBR NED GER AUT ITA CAN USA JPN
10
NC 0
1978 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M23B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG RSA USW ESP BEL MON SUI MUG GBR FRA NED GER AUT ITA
Ret
CAN
DNQ
USA
9
NC 0
1979 Marlboro Team McLaren McLaren M28 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
6
BRA
7
RSA
14
USW
8
ESP
Ret
BEL MON EUR SMR FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 13th* 1*

Complete World Touring Car Masters Results

Year Entrant Car Class WDC Pts. Class Pts.
1988 Nismo Motorsport Flag of Australia svg.png Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
Nissan Skyline R32 A MPC
1
MPC
7
10th 91 16th 38
Nissan Skyline R31 GTS-R B FUJ
Ret
FUJ
Ret
WAT
8
WAT
5
NOR
12
NOR
10
KYA
DNQ
KYA
DNQ
HOC
6
HOC
Ret
CHA
17
CHA
22
BIR
Ret
BIR
23
MNZ
Ret
MNZ
24
SPA
Ret
SPA
9
NUR
5
3rd 274
1989 Nismo Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 A Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png N/A 0 N/A 0
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
DNQ
FUJ
DNQ
WAT
DNQ
WAT
DNQ
1990 Nissan Motorsport Nissan Skyline R32 A Flag of Japan svg.png Flag of the United States svg.png Flag of Nigeria svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the Czech Republic svg.png Flag of Italy svg.png Flag of France svg.png Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Flag of Belgium svg.png Flag of Germany svg.png Flag of Australia svg.png 7th 171 5th 280
E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E S E
FUJ
9
FUJ
2
GLN
6
GLN
4
LAG
Ret
LAG
35†
BRH
22†
BRH
6
PAU
Ret
PAU
19
BRN
2
BRN
4
MNZ
1
MNZ
3
CHA
DNQ
CHA
DNQ
BIR
5
BIR
5
SPA
Ret
SPA
36
NUR
Ret
NUR
14
BAT
2