Seiji Iwaki(岩城 清次 Iwaki Seiji, known as Hawk in the Tokyopop version) is the number two driver in the Lancer Evolution-only Emperor team, therefore he drives the Lancer Evolution IV. Seiji is a driver with good racing skills, but he is rather arrogant and overconfident and occasionally imprudent. He has won many races driving for Emperor against other teams, including Takeshi Nakazato of the NightKids and a member of Thunder Fire. It is revealed during the Eight-Six battle Kyoichi states that he isn't no racing genius but his easy victories stabilises his confidence without being aware of what skills his opponents possess.
Back when Team Emperor appeared in Gunma prefecture to challenge the local racing teams, Seiji was sent out against every single one. He is known to have easily defeated a 180SX from Team Thunder Fire and Takeshi Nakazato from the Myogi NightKids among others, taking each car's team sticker afterwards, then cutting it in half and placing it upside-down on the side of his Evo's rear wing similarly to how fighter pilots would paint kill marks on their planes.
After defeating various teams in Gunma, the Emperor team then set their sights on the Akina SpeedStars, aiming to beat Akina's infamous Eight-Six. Seiji volunteered to race for the Emperor team in his Evo IV against Takumi's Eight-Six. Kyoichi was well aware that it cannot be taken lightly and Seiji was specifically told that he was to follow "Simulation 3", a plan used only when victory was not certain. Said plan translated to "stay behind opponent, and overtake near the end before reaching the finish" but he was humiliated when his overconfidence and impatience led to his downfall, causing Kyoichi, the team leader, having to race the Eight-Six before the team could move on to the next opponent. It was also verbally stated that Seiji lost to Kai Kogashiwa in Irohazaka, but no actual battle was shown in the series. In Battle Stage, his Evo IV also raced Keisuke Takahashi's FD, and lost.
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Relationships[edit | edit source]
Kyoichi Sudo[edit | edit source]
He is his best friend whom he helped create Team Emperor. Kyoichi helped established confidence in him in his races with given strategies. But during his race against Takumi, he was slapped as he disobeyed the Simulation 3 strategy resulted in defeat.
Itsuki Takeuchi[edit | edit source]
During their scouting in Akina, he asked him for directions. After giving the information, he asked him whom Akina's fastest is. He mocked him after doubting an old Eight-Six wouldn't be worth a challenge. But was later convinced by Kyoichi to race him later on after Kyoichi heard from Ryosuke losing to him which confirms Itsuki's information was correct.
Takeshi Nakazato[edit | edit source]
Before he raced Takumi, Nakazato was his opponent during their sweep. Their race was a hillclimb and defeats him with ease after using Simulation 3. Nakazato surrendered his Night Kids team sticker to him as part of the deal of the outcome of the race. Takeshi was disgusted with this after his loss.
Takumi Fujiwara[edit | edit source]
First encountered in Akina when Itsuki confronted him. At that time, he was oblivious that he was Akina's fastest. When he raced, he came to realise it was him. He was lost to Takumi in a downhill race as he disobeyed Kyoichi's Simulation 3 strategy as he was overtaken in the second last corner which resulted in a slap as well as Team Emperor's Gunma sweep shattered.
Keisuke Takahashi[edit | edit source]
During their invasion of Akagi, Keisuke is first in line to race before Kyoichi's race against Ryosuke. The race was a set in Akagi in a hillclimb. He got overtaken in the S sections of Akagi and lost. This battle was exclusive in Battle Stage.
Kai Kogashiwa[edit | edit source]
Prior to Takumi's rematch against Kyoichi, Kai Kogashiwa defeats him in their home turf. He was bane to his existence during Takumi's battle with Kai.
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Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In Chapter 90, its revealed he was claustrophobic.
- His Evo IV is best known for being in the World Rally Championship, driven by Tommi Makinen. Tommi used that Evo to win the championship in 1997 and 1998 briefly (although it would later be replaced by the Evo V).
- In the English dub of Third Stage, his name was said in the Japanese name order (family name first and given name last).