Japan’s Mitsubishishishi Galant won its third consecutive title at the Honda World Championship on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese driver to win three titles in a row.
The Japanese driver won his first title at last year’s Fuji Grand Prix, then won the Tokyo Grand Prix in April, finishing as runner-up in the standings.
Mitsubushi Galant, the driver for the Japanese team that finished fourth at the Fuji Grand and also was fourth in the Tokyo GP, celebrates his victory.
The victory at Fuji marks the first time the Japanese driver has won the championship in the same year since 2006, when Japanese driver Hiroshi Hasegawa won the crown with his team of Mitsubushi Nissan.
The team has won two titles this year and two titles overall, though it was not an outright winner in the Japanese championship.
The victory will add to a record of six Japanese drivers winning the Japanese Formula One Championship since the series began in 2009.
Japanese driver Hideaki Nishikawa (left) of the Mitsubashis win the 2017 Japan Grand Prix.
(Reuters: Yasuyuki Sakamoto)Mitsukishi Galantis was the last Japanese team to win a title in the title-winning season of the Fuji GP.
Its win in the season finale at the same venue was its first since 2003.
The first Japanese champion to win the championship was Hideaki Nakashima of the team of Hasego.
Japanese drivers have won three championships this year.