Hitoshi Ogawa (小河等, Ogawa Hitoshi, February 15, 1956 – May 24, 1992) was a Japanese racing car driver.[1]

Career

During the 1980s, he competed in several Fuji Grand Champion Series races.[2] Ogawa won the 1989 All Japan Formula 3000 Championship and finished 2nd in the same championship in 1990. In the same year, teaming up with Masanori Sekiya, he won the JAF Grand Prix All Japan Fuji 500km, held at Fuji.[3] In 1992, he won the first round of the World Sportscar Championship in Monza in C1, partnering Geoff Lees.[4]

Japanese Formula 3000 Championship results

(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
1988 Leyton House Racing Team SUZ FSW MIN SUZ
12
SUG
12
FSW
11
SUZ
11
SUZ
8
NC 0
1989 Auto Beaurex Motorsport SUZ
2
FSW
2
MIN
4
SUZ
4
SUG
Ret
FSW
2
SUZ
1
SUZ
Ret
1st 33
1990 Stellar International SUZ
11
FSW
2
MIN
2
SUZ
Ret
SUG
4
FSW
6
FSW
12
SUZ
2
FSW
2
SUZ
2
2nd 34
1991 Stellar International SUZ
2
AUT
6
FSW
3
MIN
Ret
SUZ
2
SUG
17
FSW
12
SUZ
5
FSW
C
SUZ
6
FSW
Ret
5th 20
1992 Racing Team Cerumo SUZ FSW MIN SUZ
5
AUT SUG FSW FSW SUZ FSW FSW 16th 2

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1988 Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Tiff Needell
Italy Paolo Barilla
Toyota 88C C1 283 24th 15th
1989 Japan Toyota Team Tom's Italy Paolo Barilla
United States Ross Cheever
Toyota 89C-V C1 45 DNF DNF
1990 Japan Toyota Team Tom's Japan Masanori Sekiya
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Toyota 90C-V C1 347 6th 6th

Death

Ogawa was killed in an accident on lap 27 of an All-Japan Formula 3000 race held at Suzuka in May 1992. Ogawa aimed to overtake Andrew Gilbert-Scott's car on the main straight, but the latter held his position while Ogawa moved slightly to the side. He clipped the rear left wheel and the front of his car became lodged in the rear bodywork. Both went down the straight at speed and went into the gravel trap, which was insufficient in slowing down either car. Gilbert-Scott spun, hit the tyre wall and flipped, landing upside-down. Ogawa went in nose-first, hit a mound in the gravel trap and was launched over the tyre barrier, hitting a high-fence supporting pole. Both cars were wrecked and the race was stopped immediately. As a result of the accident at least one cameraman, several photographers, and Gilbert-Scott all sustained injuries. Ogawa was freed but had suffered severe leg, head and neck injuries and was pronounced dead on the way to hospital.[5]

References

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/gc/gc1983.html
  3. ^ http://www.wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/fld/fld1990.html
  4. ^ http://wspr-racing.com/wspr/results/wscc/ms1992.html
  5. ^ "Motorsport Memorial -".
Sporting positions Preceded byAguri Suzuki Japanese Formula 3000 Champion 1989 Succeeded byKazuyoshi Hoshino