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The History of ThreeBond Racing

When ThreeBond Racing launched its Japanese F3 Championship project, a number of engine suppliers were initially considered, including Toyota-TOM’S and Mugen-Honda. However, at a very early stage we realized that as a new entrant in the F3 Championship, it would be really difficult to procure the very best engine from any supplier. Therefore, we decided to take up the challenge of designing an engine ourselves, in the belief that if we could not procure the very best engine, then we would just have to engineer one on our own. We realized the fruits of our efforts by entering into the Japanese F3 Championship in 2000 with the THREEBOND NISSAN ENGINE.

In the first year of competition the team employed Takeshi Tsuchiya as our driver, and he exceeded all our expectations by capturing 3rd place to finish on the podium. In the following year, 2001, our new driver Yuji Ide consistently earned points in races and finished 5th overall in the championship. Year 2002 saw Masaru Tomizawa as our driver, and he was instrumental in the further development of the engine. Then in 2003, ThreeBond Racing made its debut atop the podium as Paolo Montin won at Twin Ring Motegi in the 7th race of the season, finishing the championship season in 2nd place, and with this achievement, he catapulted the team prominently into the ranks of the elite Japanese racing teams.

In 2004, ThreeBond Racing competed the whole season with two cars, driven by Brazilian Fabio Carbone and Masataka Yanagida, as we motored ahead with team development. The team achieved its greatest performance in the following year, 2005, with victories in six races by veteran drivers Paolo Montin and Naoki Yokomizo, neither of whom were strangers to the winner’s podium. The great success of the team was reflected by finishing in 2nd place in both the Team and Engine Tuner Divisions of the championship that year.

In 2006, Fabio Carbone returned to the team and achieved further success, coming in 2nd in the Sugo Round and placing 4th in the series overall. His teammate, Estonian driver Marko Asmer joined the team and earned his first Japanese win in the final race of the season. The performances of the two drivers solidified the team’s position as one of the leading F3 teams in the country.

Furthermore, in 2007, Asmer piloted car #12 as ace driver while car #14 was in the hands of Hironobu Yasuda, who showed much promise in the Formula Challenge Japan series. The team fought valiantly against its rivals.

Hironobu Yasuda stayed on with the team for 2008 and achieved a pole-to-win victory in the rain-soaked 5th race of the season at the Suzuka Circuit. By following up that effort with three consecutive podium finishes, he completed the first half of the season ranking 3rd in the Driver Standings.

In 2009, Hironobu Yasuda was retained as driver, and engineer, Shinji Matsuoka, was added to ThreeBond Racing, opening the season on an upbeat note. However, by failing to master the Hankook tires and blowing engines in consecutive races the team was unable to constantly earn points, resulting in a 5th place finish for the series.

In 2010, we hired Yuhi Sekiguchi with his amazing racing spirit, and we changed our mechanics team from the top notch Super Aguri to the fast rising MK Company, which won the opening race of the Super GT series two years running. This revolutionary setup gave the team the best ever series finish with 2nd place. The difference in strength compared to the champions TOM’S was apparent, but ThreeBond Racing showed a strong presence with its daring chases from behind and by recording the fastest lap in 3 races during the championship. In 2011, Hironobu Yasuda returned to the team, bringing his experience in the Super GT series and this marked the best result in the team’s history, with a 2nd place in the Driver Standings and 1st in the Team Standings. Although he was just 1 point short of becoming the champion at the end of the final race, he was able to prove the potential of ThreeBond Racing yet again.

In 2012, to take a further step in the racing world, the team entered one of the most prestigious F3 race series, the British F3 by collaborating with T-Sport and forming the "ThreeBond with T-Sport" team. The new driver, Nick McBRIDE sat behind the wheel and came in 10th in the Driver Standings.

In 2013, in pursuit for an even higher stage, the team entered the EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (Euro F3). Although William Buller left the team midway through the season, the replacement driver Alexander Sims achieved excellent results, bringing the team up to 5th place in the team rankings. In its 2nd year of participation in the European racing scene, ThreeBond with T-Sport gained huge attention as the only Japanese team.

In 2014, due to the changes in regulations, we designed a new engine and entered the Euro F3 with new and young drivers, but despite everyone's best efforts, the overall ranking for the regular season wasn't high. However, at the F3 world championship at the Macau Grand Prix, we won 3rd place for the first time in team history and finished the season with the greatest achievement.

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