As a second year at Sohoku High School, Hamano, along with Tomita and Makishima, was selected by their captain Kanzaki Tooji to race on 19th Annual Minegayama Hill Climb. While in race, Tomita noticed Makishima without the team's jersey and asked why he wasnt wearing it, being answered later by Hamano that Shiraiwa and the others judged that it was too early for him to wear the jersey. After that, Tomita ordered Makishima to keep behind him and Hamano and do his best to not fall behind, but he was later requested by his rookie if he could go past him. Tomita agreed and quickly both him and Hamano were passed by Makishima.

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