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N°510 Truck HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

TERUHITO SUGAWARA

(jpn) Born on 13/07/1972 at TOKYO JAPAN 1.72m / 65kg

2018: 6th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2017: 8th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2016: 13th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2015: 16th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2014: 12th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2013: 19th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2012: 9th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2011: 9th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2010 : 7th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2009 : 14th (winner under 10 litres categ)
2007 : 9th
2006 : 7th
2005 : 6th
2004 : 5 th (co-driver truck)
2003 : 5th (co-driver truck)
2002 : T5 assistance
2001 : 2nd (co-driver truck)
2000 : 5th (co-driver truck)
1999 : 4th (co-driver truck)

SIlk Way Rally 2018 (6th)
Silk Way Rally 2017 (12th), Rally Mongolia 2017 (14th)
Rally Mongolia 2014, Rallye des Pharaons, Paris-Pékin.

Interview

“Our truck is getting faster and faster”

South America belongs to Teruhito. While his father had made a name for himself and for his Hino trucks on African soil, the son is clearly the leading man of the Japanese team. Indeed, Teruhito Sugawara has proudly stood into the footsteps of his father. After first experiencing the Dakar as a navigator in his dad’s truck back in 1999, he was given far more responsibilities behind the steering wheel of an Hino truck as of 2005. Second boy of legendary Yoshimasa, he has only finished twice outside the top fifteen in 18 participations. Last year, he equalled his best ever performance by conquering a fine 6th spot in Cordoba, yet again winning the Under 10l class crown alongside Mitsugu Tahahashi, his navigator. For 2018, Teruhito who made the best of the Silk Way Rally to prepare his Hino truck will be aiming at the Top 5 and this time will be counting on the precous help of Katsumi Hamura, usually in the cabin of his dad Yoshimasa.

T.S.: “I remember with perfect clarity that first Dakar in 1999 with my father. Everything was a big surprise: the wide open spaces, the amazing dunes, the heavy impacts, the tense atmosphere. It was however so long. We managed to finish in fourth place overall and I still have in mind a stage between Zouerat and Tidjikja. It was one of the hardest stages in my life. We spent more than 13 hours just on one stage. My first Dakar as a driver (2011) was perfect and pleasant, with no punctures, a trouble-free machine and no navigation issues. Our truck is getting faster and faster. Step by step. Last year, the first stages featured brutal dunes and this forced many crews, including Yoshimasa’s crew, to retire from the race. These extremely difficult conditions were a huge factor in how we were able to maintain our position in the leading group. Also, our truck was able to deliver levels of power that were comparable to our competitors thanks to the upgrades that we made. I am very happy that we were able to finish at a higher position than in 2017. We are committed to making better trucks and putting together an even better team to aim for higher rankings. At the Silk Way Rally, we were racing in a new truck. The HINO500 that I drove was built based on a completely different concept from before, and we were able to confirm its racing capabilities and reliability in this rally. Constantly on our minds throughout the race was our time differences with the leading trucks, and I think we were able to put up an equal fight with KAMAZ on their home turf.”

Vehicle

HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

  • Mark : HINO
  • Model : 500
  • Performance tuner : Hino Trucks & Team Sugawara
  • Assistance : Hino Team Sugawara
  • Class : C_T4.2 : T4.2 - Camions Modifiés

Ranking 2019

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