Very sad news reached us here in Spa yesterday of the sudden and untimely passing earlier this morning in France of Ietoshi Kaneko.
Kaneko San has been a very regular occupant of very many of the paddocks that DSC has patrolled for as long as we have been in existence, and rather earlier than that.
A key part of the all-conquering Freisinger Motorsport operation in the early years of the 21st century he continued after the team departed the international scene with his own team T2M Motorsport fielding first Porsche GT cars and briefly with an LMP2 Dome powered, uniquely by the Mader BMW engine.
Latterly he was on hand as a consultant to a variety of endurance and GT teams, indeed he was in Austin last weekend as part of Larbre Competition’s team.
Our sincere condolences to his family and his enormous number of friends in racing, and, in particular, to the Larbre Competition squad.
And with thanks to John Brooks who dug deep into his very substantial archive to bring these pictures from Kaneko San’s Le Mans history.