Nobu is keen to demonstrate through his race programme the strong bond between the Japanese’s long-standing business relationships with the country of New Zealand - where he still continues to trade - the many friends he has made along the way, and the crossover through his business interests to support New Zealand racing drivers both at home, in Japan, and globally over the last two decades.
This led to the choice to recreate ‘Black Beauty’ the New Zealand entry into the A1GP Championship which Nobu’s company was proud to support in 2005/6. Now Nobu’s own international motorsport adventure sees his Ligier JSP 217 Asian Le Mans challenger recreate the look of the ‘Black Beauty’.
Subsequently, each round of the championship will feature drivers from Japan and New Zealand with Nobu joined by Masataka Yanagida, Nick Cassidy and Dan Gaunt.
Cassidy is unable to compete in the opening round due to his commitments in Super GT Japan – where he is aiming for the championship - and his seat will be taken by Yanagida, who will also sub for Nobu Yamanaka at Sepang.
- 2019 – Currently second in Super Formula Japan – Vantelin Team TOM’s
- 2018 – P2 Super GT Series GT500 – Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S
- 2018 – P2 Super Formula – Kondo Racing
- 2017 – Champion Super GT Series GT500 – Lexus Team KeePer TOM’S
- 2016 – P4 FIA Formula 3 Europe – Premat Powerteam
- 2015 – Champion Formula 3 Japan – Petronas Team TOM’S
- 2018 – P1 Bathurst 12H GT3 Cup – Grove Motorsport
- 2018 – P3 Mount Panorama Production Sports Car
- 2017 – P1 Bathurst 12H GT3 Pro-Am
- 2017 – Porsche Carrera Cup Australia
- 2011 – V8 Supercars
- 2008 – P3 Porsche GT3 Cup
- 2006 – Champion Toyota Racing Series New Zealand
- 2016 – P3 Asian Le Mans Series – Team AAI
- 2012 – Champion Super GT Japan GT500 – Nissan GTR Mola
- 2011 – Champion Super GT Japan GT500 – Nissan GTR Mola
- 2010 – Champion Super GT Japan GT300 – Nissan GTR Hasemi Motor Sport
- 2003 - Champion Super GT Japan GT300 – Nissan GTR Hasemi Motor Sport