All-Japan Formula Three Championship

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All-Japan Formula Three Championship
Category Single seaters
Country  Japan
Inaugural season 1979
Constructors Dallara
Engine suppliers Toyota-TOM'S
TODA Racing
Tyre suppliers Yokohama
Drivers' champion New Zealand Nick Cassidy
Teams' champion TOM'S
Official website
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

All-Japan Formula Three Championship (全日本F3選手権 Zen'nihon F3 Senshuken?), also known as Japanese Formula Three, is a national motor racing championship that takes place in Japan. It is a junior-level feeder formula that uses small single seater Formula Three chassis.


The first Formula Three championship to take place in Japan was held by Nippon Formula 3 Association (Japanese Formula 3 Association) in 1979, which was won by Toshio Suzuki. By 1981, it had evolved into a national-level series, the Japanese Championship, and was organised by the Japan Automobile Federation (JAF).

Foreign drivers' participation has increased since the 1980s and the majority of champions have been foreign since the beginning of the 1990s.

Since 2008 a two-tier championship system was adopted as a bid to increase driver and team participation. The "Championship" class was open to cars conforming to the current three-year cycle, whilst the lower tier "National" class was open to cars meeting the previous three-year cycle and using the spec Toyota engine.

Prior to the changing of super license requirements for the 2016 Formula One season onward, the series used to be one of the four major Formula Three championships that guaranteed the winner an FIA Super Licence.[1] Under the new requirements the winner of the championship earns 10 points towards their super license, with drivers finishing from 2nd to 5th in the final standings receiving a smaller number of points.[2]


Like most Formula Three championships, competitors in the Japanese Championship are permitted to use any eligible chassis.

  • Chassis:
    Only Dallara chassis have been used since 2007. In the past, March, Reynard, Ralt, and Japanese manufacturers like TOM'S and Dome also had supplied chassis.
  • Tyres:
    Hankook will supply tyres in 2009 as the series' sole supplier.[3] Bridgestone, Dunlop and Yokohama had supplied tyres until 1987. In 1988, Bridgestone took place of the series' sole tyre supplier and supplied until 2008.


Season Champion Team Champion National Class Champion
1979 Japan Toshio Suzuki Japan Heroes Racing
1980 Japan Shuroko Sasaki Japan Gallop Racing
1981 Japan Osamu Nakako Japan Hayashi Racing
1982 Japan Kengo Nakamoto Japan Hayashi Racing
1983 Japan Yoshimasa Fujiwara Japan Umeda Racing
1984 Japan Shuji Hyoudo Japan Hayashi Racing
1985 Japan Koji Sato Japan Le Garage Cox Racing
1986 Japan Akio Morimoto Japan LeMans Company
1987 United States Ross Cheever Japan TOM'S
1988 Japan Akihiko Nakaya Japan Le Garage Cox Racing
1989 Japan Masahiko Kageyama Japan Leyton House Racing
1990 Japan Naoki Hattori Japan Le Garage Cox Racing
1991 Brazil Paulo Carcasci Japan TOM'S
1992 United Kingdom Anthony Reid Japan Tomei Sport
1993 Denmark Tom Kristensen Japan TOM'S
1994 Germany Michael Krumm Japan TOM'S
1995 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Japan TOM'S
1996 Japan Juichi Wakisaka Japan Nakajima Racing
1997 Netherlands Tom Coronel Japan TOM'S
1998 United Kingdom Peter Dumbreck Japan TOM'S
1999 United Kingdom Darren Manning Japan TOM'S
2000 France Sébastien Philippe Japan Mugen Dome Project
2001 France Benoît Tréluyer Japan TOM'S
2002 Japan Takashi Kogure Japan Dome Racing Team
2003 Australia James Courtney Japan TOM'S
2004 Italy Ronnie Quintarelli Japan Inging
2005 Brazil João Paulo de Oliveira Japan TOM'S
2006 Germany Adrian Sutil Japan TOM'S
2007 Japan Kazuya Oshima Japan TOM'S
2008 Netherlands Carlo van Dam Japan TOM'S Japan Hideki Yamauchi
2009 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Japan TOM'S Japan Naoki Yamamoto
2010 Japan Yuji Kunimoto Japan TOM'S Japan Takashi Kobayashi
2011 Japan Yuhi Sekiguchi Japan ThreeBond Racing Japan Katsumasa Chiyo
2012 Japan Ryo Hirakawa Japan RSS Japan Daiki Sasaki
2013 Japan Yuichi Nakayama Japan TOM'S Japan Mitsunori Takaboshi
2014 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan TOM'S Japan Hiroshi Koizumi
2015 New Zealand Nick Cassidy Japan TOM'S Japan Ryo Ogawa


  1. "APPENDIX L TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPORTING CODE" (PDF). FIA. 2007-03-27. pp. Qualifi cation for the Super licence (Article 5.1 iii-f). Retrieved 2007-07-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Noble, Jonathan (6 January 2015). "FIA reveals details of new F1 superlicence points system — F1 news —". Autosport. Haymarket. Retrieved 15 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. ハンコックタイヤ・オフィシャルテストレポート (in Japanese). All-Japan Formula Three official website. 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2009-02-19.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]

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