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.
What made Ogawa special was that, more so than many of his Japanese contemporaries, he'd made a positive impression on the foreign drivers he worked with or raced against. They all had massive respect for him as a driver and found him to be a thoroughly likeable human being.
"It's unbelievable that it's been 20 years," says Eddie Irvine, Ogawa's team-mate on the weekend he died. "I didn't really get to know him, but he seemed like a really nice guy. His English was not very good, but he was super polite, that's what I remember about him. And he had a lovely family."
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