Remembering Hitoshi Ogawa: 20 years on

Remembering Hitoshi Ogawa: 20 years on

Adam Cooper recalls the talent and popularity of Japanese racer Hitoshi Ogawa, who died at Suzuka on May 24, 1992

On May 24 1992 Hitoshi Ogawa lost his life in an horrific Formula 3000 accident at Suzuka. His name might not mean much in Europe, but in Japan he was regarded as one of the best of his generation.

Although he was already 36, Ogawa was expected to graduate to F1 with the fledgling TOM'S team that was being put together in the UK by John Barnard, and which – in the weeks after the accident – would eventually fade away.

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