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After cutting his teeth as an editor with Japan's Option magazine in the early 80s, Katsura turned freelance journalist in 1989 and now writes for some of the country's biggest publications. That's about the time that his racing career took off too.
Driving a Nissan GT-R he won consecutive Group N championships in 1992-3, captured a class win in the Thunderhill 25 hours in 2002 and picked up a class victory piloting an Aston Martin in the Nurburgring 24 hours. He also votes on the Japan Car of the Year jury panel and appears on a monthly InterFM car show.