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JUMPING DRIFT CANNOT LOSE: 2004 D1GP crash at Ebisu Circuit

By in 13-02-2009 12:30 am

I’ve been going through more of the photos I took on some of my earlier trips to Japan, and there’s some fairly interesting stuff in there, like this little incident that happened at the first D1GP round I ever attended, at Ebisu Circuit in 2004.

Miki Ryuji, while trying to match Hibino’s ridiculous late-corner entry speed (Youtube video) ran a bit too wide and collided with the dirt wall.

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CRASH: Naoto Suenaga’s WRX, the day after.

By in 29-10-2008 11:00 pm

You may be wondering if Naoto Suenaga was able to make it back out on the track after his heavy hit of the tyre barrier during Friday’s practice. Team Orange put in a lot of hard work and actually manageed to get the car into an agreeable state, just as long as you were only looking at it from the grandstands and not any closer. The funniest thing however, was what they did about the missing wing mirror. (more…)

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CRASH: Team Orange Fuji D1 Practice

By in 24-10-2008 6:56 pm

Today at Fuji Speedway was, as they say here in Japan, “heavy wet”.

Regardless of the scary conditions, a majority of the drivers made their way out to the track to get in some valuable track time. Unfortunately, some drivers had the conditons get the better of them, like Team Orange’s Naoto Suenaga.

He was not injured, and the Orange crew are still at the track pounding away at the bodywork to get the Impreza somewhat respectable and ready for tomorrow’s practice and qualifying.

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UNKNOWN HAND SIGNALS: Option video shocker

By in 23-10-2008 11:00 pm

It’s off to D1 Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway tomorrow for the first practice day, so here’s something from last year’s Option DVD coverage of Fuji.

When I saw a camera aiming through the windscreen during the press rides, I gave the standard “peace” signs before switching to the somewhat more risqué “shocker”. Only the shocker made it into the video. Work that one out.

Video stills copyright Sunpros Co., Ltd.

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