Ukyo Sasahara

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Ukyo Sasahara
Sasahara Ukyo.JPG
Ukyo Sasahara during 2015's ADAC GT Masters race weekend at Hockenheim
Nationality Flag of Japan.svg Japanese
Born (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 25)
Numata, Japan
Super GT career
Debut season 2020
Current team Team Red Bull Mugen
Car number16
Starts13
Wins0
Podiums1
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish15th in 2020
Super Formula career
Debut season 2020
Current team DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing
Car number6
Former teams Team Mugen
Starts9
Wins0
Podiums1
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Previous series
201920
201819
2017
2016
201415
2014
2013, 15
2013
F3 Asian Championship
Japanese Formula 3
F4 Japanese Championship
FIA European F3
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Italian F4 Championship
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Championship titles
2019
2019
FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup
F3 Asian Championship

Ukyo Sasahara (笹原 右京, Sasahara Ukyō, born 24 April 1996) is a Japanese racing driver.

Contents

Career

Karting

Sasahara began karting aged seven in 2003. He won numerous domestic titles, including becoming JAF All Japan Championship Junior Champion in 2009. [1] In the same year, he beat Matt Parry to win the Rotax Max Challenge Junior Grand Final, [2] a title he went on to win for a second time in 2011. [3] He went on to enjoy further success in the category, winning the Rotax Max Euro Challenge Junior title in 2011, [1] and the Central Eastern European Rotax Max Challenge Senior title in 2012, his final year in karting. [1]

Formula Renault 2.0

Sasahara graduated to single-seaters in 2013, racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship for Vincenzo Sospiri's Euronova Racing team. [4] He finished in the points on seven occasions, taking a best race result of sixth at Misano to finish 13th in the championship. [5] During the season, he also took part in the Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona rounds of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season with Euronova Racing as a guest driver.

For 2014, Sasahara continued with Euronova Racing, switching to the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championship. [6] He took a single podium position, finishing second to Louis Delétraz in the opening race of the season at Monza, and finished in the points in all the remaining races except one to finish sixth in the championship. [7]

In 2015, Sasahara joined the ART Junior Team to contest both the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championships. [8] After failing to score points in the opening round of the Eurocup at Motorland Aragón, Sasahara took his first race victory in the following round at Spa-Francorchamps, becoming only the second Japanese driver to win a Eurocup race after Kamui Kobayashi in the 2005 season. [9]

In the NEC championship, Sasahara won the opening race of the season at Monza ahead of Manor MP Motorsport's Ignazio D'Agosto. [10]

Italian F4

In June 2014, Sasahara took part in the opening round of the Italian F4 Championship at Adria International Raceway for Euronova Racing, replacing Italian driver Andrea Fontana who missed the event due to illness. [11] After finishing fifth in the opening race, he won the reversed-grid second race ahead of the Prema Powerteam entry of eventual series champion Lance Stroll. [12]

Racing record

Career summary

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition
2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Euronova Racing 1400003213th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 400000NC†
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Euronova Racing 1500111916th
Italian F4 Championship Euronova Racing by
Fortec Italia Motorsport
310012517th
2015 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 ART Junior Team 1711041167th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 1621182963rd
2016 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Threebond with T-Sport 60000026th
2017 F4 Japanese Championship Honda Formula Dream Project 14313102242nd
2018 Japanese Formula 3 Championship ThreeBond Racing190019653rd
Macau Grand Prix 10000N/ADNF
2019 F3 Asian Championship Hitech Grand Prix 15877133011st
Japanese Formula 3 Championship B-Max Racing with Motopark 30000312th
FIA Motorsport Games GT Cup Team Japan11001N/A1st
2019–20 F3 Asian Championship Hitech Grand Prix 153416N/ANC†
2020 Super GT Team Mugen 800012515th
Super Formula 70000518th
2021 Super GT Team Red Bull Mugen 500001214th*
Super Formula DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing 20001189th*

As Sasahara was a guest driver, he was ineligible for championship points. * Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key)

YearEntrantEngine123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930DCPoints
2016 Threebond with T-Sport Threebond LEC
1
LEC
2
LEC
3
HUN
1
HUN
2
HUN
3
PAU
1
PAU
2
PAU
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
SPA
1

13
SPA
2

Ret
SPA
3

19
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
IMO
1

Ret
IMO
2

13
IMO
3

Ret
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
26th0

Complete Super GT results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCarClass12345678DCPts
2020 Team Mugen Honda NSX-GT GT500 GT500 FUJ
12
FUJ
10
SUZ
Ret
MOT
3
FUJ
6
SUZ
13
MOT
4
FUJ
12
15th25
2021 Team Red Bull Mugen Honda NSX-GT GT500 GT500 OKA
11
FUJ
11
MOT
4
SUZ
9
SUG
9
AUT
MOT
FUJ
14th*12*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Super Formula results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrant1234567DCPoints
2020 Team Mugen MOT
11
OKA
13
SUG
NC
AUT
14
SUZ
Ret
SUZ
11
FUJ
7
18th5
2021 DoCoMo Team Dandelion Racing FUJ
5
SUZ
3
AUT SUG MOT MOT
SUZ
9th*18*

* Season still in progress.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Raoul Hyman
F3 Asian Championship
Champion

2019
Succeeded by
Joey Alders
Preceded by
Inaugural
FIA Motorsport Games
GT Cup Winner

2019
Succeeded by
Incumbent