HINO TEAM SUGAWARA to Race Silk Way Rally 2018!

Thứ sáu - 19/10/2018 21:44
HINO TEAM SUGAWARA will be entering the Silk Way Rally 2018 which is scheduled to run from Jul. 20 thru Jul. 27, 2018 in Russia. The team will be fielding Car 1 driven by Yoshimasa Sugawara, and Car 2 driven by Teruhito Sugawara. This will be Yoshimasa Sugawara’s first entry in the Silk Way Rally. Teruhito Sugawara will be taking on the vast terrain of Russia in a new Car 2 that has received major upgrades to its stability.
HINO TEAM SUGAWARA to Race Silk Way Rally 2018!

This will be HINO TEAM SUGAWARA’s third appearance in the Silk Way Rally. Whereas in its two previous entries the team had entered only one truck — Car 1 driven by Teruhito Sugawara — this year they will be entering two trucks for the first time. With a team setup that closely resembles its setup for the main event, the Dakar Rally, the team aims to polish the skills of their drivers and mechanics as well as enhance the team’s solidarity.

 Having completed their test runs last month, we recently had a chance to meet with driver Yoshimasa Sugawara, navigator Ahito Sakurai, driver Teruhito Sugawara and navigator Mitsugu Takahashi, and hear what they had to say about their aspirations for the Silk Way Rally.

Yoshimasa Sugawara, Driver (Car 1):
We made Car 1 lighter by reducing the number of its suspension leafs. As expected, the truck is handling softer now, so we are hoping that these upgrades will lead to good results in the Silk Way Rally. Also, we have increased the number of mechanics on our team, so HINO TEAM SUGAWARA will be taking on this rally with a much more powerful team setup. I would like for all of our new mechanics to experience all the different aspects of rally racing.

Ahito Sakurai, Navigator (Car 1):
I will be navigating for Car 1 that Yoshimasa Sugawara will be driving. This will be my first stint in a rally outside of Japan, so I will make sure to maintain close communication with the driver and provide good navigation to make this an experience that we can build on going into the Dakar Rally in January next year. I am looking forward to enjoying this experience.

Teruhito Sugawara, Driver (Car 2):
Our new Car 2 has turned out to be a truck that can maintain its stability even after continuous racing at high-speeds, and it feels like we will be able to improve our time. In our test runs in June, we were able to verify that the truck is driving the way we intended it to. During the Silk Way Rally, I will be checking how much of that performance we can actually deliver.

Mitsugu Takahashi, Navigator (Car 2):
Our new Car 2 has better driving performance over rough terrain and produces less pitching. With this quality, I think we are well positioned to aim for a high ranking. I have also navigated for Teruhito Sugawara in Dakar Rally 2018 January this year, and this will be the second time for me to team up with him. I will make sure that we stay in sync as a team and give it all I’ve got.

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Car 1 to be driven by Yoshimasa Sugawara (right), and Car 2 by Teruhito Sugawara (left)

 

 

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