“Conquer my category and finish in the Top 10”
From a young bike privateer in 2001, Jun Mitsuhashi has become a very successful T2 driver, supported by Toyota. He first took on the Dakar on two wheels. And a successful biking career it was as he finished 21st for his first appearance and 12th the following year. He then switched to cars. After managing a career high 11th position in 2005 and capturing two T2 (unmodified production vehicles) crowns in 2010 and 2011, the Japanese suffered a severe setback last year when he was forced to quit the race during stage 10. At his side for his 13th Dakar, Jun will again have one of the most experienced and consistent co-drivers of the Dakar, Alain Guehennec who in 13 rallies completed has only twice finished outside of the Top 12. Their common goal will again be to finish best production car. Their common ambition is to be back on top of the T2 standings.
J.M.: “My first Dakar was a real challenge on a bike in 2001. All was big. It was overwhelming for a rider coming from a small island in Asia. It was the last real "Paris-Dakar Rally". When I found myself under the rain in Paris, I realized that my challenge had just begun! In the overall standings I managed to finish 11th in a car and 12th on a bike which are very good results for me. In my ambition to win the T2 category, I prepared thoroughly (cycling, MTB, mountain climbing, off-road motorcycle riding) added to the normal driving. I really hope for a very difficult Dakar with difficult dunes and stages that end at night. That's the charm of the Dakar.”