Japanese major formula championship, now known as Japanese Super Formula, was held in 1996 – 2012 as Formula Nippon. In the 2003 season Formula Nippon’s contract with Reynard had expired and all teams had to use Lola chassis (Lola B3/51) and Mugen Honda (Mugen MF308) engines. Japanese Satoshi Motoyama, 1998 and 2001 Formula Nippon champion, drove for Impul team. The team belongs to Hoshino Impul Co., Ltd., (known as Impul), a Japanese automotive aftermarket company, and raced in domestic series such as JTCC, Formula Nippon and Super GT since 1983. Motoyama, who competed in Formula Nippon in 1996 – 2008, won four raced in 2003 and secured his third Nippon champion title. He also won the Japanese Super GT championship that season driving Nissan Skyline GT-R for NISMO, Nissan works team. Motoyama raced in F Nippon until 2008, winning one more (his fourth) title in 2005. As of today, he is still racing at domestic Super GT series, which he won three times (2003, 2004, and 2008).
|2003||Formula Nippon Championship|
|Satoshi Motoyama||19||Team Impul|