N°512 Truck HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

TERUHITO SUGAWARA

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

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2019: 9th (winner under 10 litres categ)
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: 5th (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)

2019: Silk Way Rally (Ab.)
2018: Silk Way Rally (6th)
2017: Silk Way Rally (12th), Rally Mongolia (14th)
2014: Rally Mongolia
Rallye des Pharaons, Paris-Pékin…

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“Our truck is getting faster and faster”

A page has been turned in the Sugawara clan. The legendary father Yoshimaza has decided to put an end to his Dakar career at 78 after 36 appearances on the race. Time has come for his second son Teruhito to really take over. Named team director, he will continue his impressive run on the Dakar. After first experiencing the rally 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. He has indeed only finished twice outside the top fifteen in 19 participations. After equalling his best ever performance by conquering a fine 6th spot in 2018, the 47-year-old had to settle for 9th spot last year but did once again conquer the under 10l class (for the tenth time). After retiring from the Silk Way Rally, Teruhito shows up for the Dakar in Saudi Arabia with an entirely new crew. He will indeed have at his side Yuji Mochizuki who knows the truck by heart having been a mechanic at the bivouac for many years and Hirokazu Somemiya who will also discover the rally after being a navigator on races like the Baja 1000. All three will fight to maintain the legacy of Yoshimaza and aim at the Top 5.

T.S.: “I remember with perfect clarity that first Dakar in 1999 with my father. I didn't have any experience. 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. Last year, we fought on our new truck against the larger trucks who have consistently dominated the top group. While we did notice some new issues, we were also able to identify some areas where we could do things differently going forward. Just because the course is tough, we can't stay in the game by merely aiming to finish the race. I think we need to keep taking risks in our racing to make our way into the top group. Y.M.: “This year again, I've been involved in preparations starting from the truck building stage so I can say that I know the truck that I will be navigating inside and out. I am committed to respond quickly to any problems the truck may face during the race, and come what may, get the truck back to the bivouac."

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HINO TEAM SUGAWARA

  • Mark : HINO
  • Model : 500
  • Performance tuner : Hino Trucks & Team Sugawara
  • Assistance : Hino Team Sugawara
  • Class : T4.2 Modified trucks

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