|SA-Dakar 2012: Hino Motors Sugawara to enter new Racing Truck in 2012.|
Hino Motors, Ltd. has teamed with Team Sugawara lead by Yoshimasa Sugawara to form "Hino Team Sugawara" to enter two Hino 500 Series trucks in the Trucks category of the Southamerica Dakar Rally 2012. Hino, which marked its 20th consecutive finish in the 2011 Rally, is poised to make the 2012 Rally a new chapter in its history with its introduction of a new racing truck - the first new truck in eight years since the last renewal in 2004.
The team will be competing this year in the Modified Trucks category, and not the Series Production Trucks category in which it has raced in previous years, and aims to achieve high rankings overall and a 3-year winning streak in the Under 10-liter category.
The new racing truck will be based on the latest in a line of production trucks that have a solid reputation for durability, and it will be incorporated with Team Sugawara's know-how in the area of fabricating rally vehicles. The trucks will be driven by father and son, Yoshimasa Sugawara and Teruhito Sugawara.
At 70 years of age, Yoshimasa Sugawara, who continues to rewrite his record for most consecutive entries in the rally,*2 will again be taking on what is often coined "the world's most grueling race." His second son, Teruhito Sugawara (age 39), aims to achieve a 3-year winning streak in the Under 10-liter category which will be a personal record for himself as well.
The mechanics who will be supporting the race have been selected from among mechanics who applied from Hino dealerships nationwide. There will be four mechanics on the team, one each from Miyagi Hino, Tokyo Hino, Aichi Hino, and Hiroshima Hino.
2011/10/27 | 13:29 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/HINO