- Tokyo, Japan
- H-182cm W-80Kg
- Motor cycle sports
2000 Rally Raid Mongol Overall 1st (Motobike)
2001 Dakar Rally 21th Overall(Motobike)
2002 Dakar Rally 12th Overall(Motobike)
2003 Dakar Rally 16th Overall(Motobike)
2003 Pharaons Rally 9th Overall
2003 AMV Shamrock Rally 3rd Overall
2004 Dakar Rally Retired
2004 Desert Express 2nd Overall
2004 Baja Espana12th Overall
2004 AMV Shamrock Rally Overall 1st
2005 Dakar Rally 11th Overall
2006 Dakar Rally Retired
2006 UAE Desert Challenge T2 Class 1st/13th Overall
2007 Dakar Rally T2 Class 1st/25th Overall
2007 UAE Desert Challenge T2 Class 2nd/7th Overall
2008 UAE Desert Challenge Retired
2009 Dakar Rally T2 Class 4tt /31th Overall
2010 Dakar Rally T2 Class 1st/17th Overall
2010 Pharaonsrally T2 Class 1st/3rd Overall
2011 Dakar Rally T2 Class 1st/12th Overall
2011 Pharaonsrally T2 Class 5th /13th Overall
2012 Dakar Rally T2 Class 2nd/25th Overall
2012 Pharaonsrally T2 Class 1st /5th Overall
*T2 Class=Production Class
Jun Mitsuhashi’s first appearance for Nissan was in the Paris Dakar Rally in 2004. He previously participated in the rally’s of 2001, 2002 and rode motorcycle in 2003. Receiving the top private rider prize in 2002 and then placing well as a rider in both domestic Japanese and foreign rallies.
Nissan actively sought Jun Mitsuhashi to drive for them and he had to make the difficult choice to switch from being an amateur to representing a company as a professional driver. In the summer of 2003, he participated in the “NISSAN Young Driver Training Program” held in France. Entering the “Pharaohs Rally” with little practice, this unknown rookie shocked the rally community by coming 9th and then 3rd in the following event, the “Shamrock Rally”.
Entering the Paris Dakar Rally for the first time as a driver for Nissan, he entered in the production category. Although unable to practice beforehand, he maintained second place for his class from an early stage until he had to unfortunately retire due to mechanical failure. However this showing clearly put him on the map and labelled his potential.
More determined than ever by his early progress he went back to the training to further improve his skills. This lead to wining the overall 2nd place in the rally “Desert Express” and then overall 1st place in the “Shamrock Rally”. In his second Paris Dakar rally he won 11th place, coming first amongst Japanese drivers and thus justifying his commitment.
For his third challenge in the Paris Dakar Rally of 2006, he was finally rewarded with entry in the top category, driving a super production machine, NISSAN Pickup. In the Italian Baja, he showed his talent by winning 2nd place in the preliminary without preparation. However, he could not show his ability in full again due to mechanical failure.
After Nissan decided to withdraw from Paris Dakar Rally, Mitsuhashi made a contract with Toyota Auto Body in 2007. Starting afresh, he entered in the production class in a new, based around a team of mostly Japanese engineers. Despite having to acclimatise to a new team and and inexperienced amateur navigator, he was able to beat these supposedly insurmountable odds and won 1st place in his class.
On the back of this success Toyota Auto Body renewed his contract in 2008, with the aim of winning a consecutive Paris Dakar rally. However following rally was cancelled due to political instability in Africa. In 2009, the location of Dakar Rally was moved to the South America and Mitsuhashi entered the race again as a driver for Toyota Auto Body. However this time he had to retire due to mechanical failure.
Mitsuhashi bounced back strongly in 2010, achieving a record of nine successive victories, which resulted in overall 1st place for his class. Then in the 2011 Dakar Rally, he won the production class by an impressive margin and secured an overall 12th place and 1st place in the class for the 3rd time of his career.