N°242 Auto TOYOTA AUTO BODY

AKIRA MIURA

(jpn)

Sponsors

Toyota, Denso, Motul, Nikko

2021 : 38th (1st in T2)
2020 : 33rd (2nd in T2)
2019 : 29th (2nd in T2)
2018 : 25th (winner T2)
2017 : 24th
2016: 48th
2015: 30th (copi. N.Gibon)
2014: 24th (copi. N.Gibon)
2013: 28th (copi. N.Gibon)
2010: Ab. Stage 11 (copi. N.Gibon)
2009: 14th (copi. N.Gibon)
2007: 25th (copi. J.Mitsuhashi)

2021 : Rallye du Maroc
2020 : Rally Andalucia
2019 : Silk Way Rally (1st T2)
2018 : Silk Way Rally (20th)
2017 : Silk Way Rally (Ab.)
2016 : Silk Way Rally (20th, 2nd T2)
2015 : Morocco Rally (23rd, 1st T2)
2012 : Rallye des Pharaons (7ème)

Interview

Of course I want to win T2 again”

The years go by and the Toyota Auto Body team remains the one to beat in the T2 class for production cars. The last 8 editions have all been won by the factory team. But the situation changed in 2021 after the departure of Christian Lavieille, winner of the last two editions. Not an issue as Japan’s darling Akira Miura took over. The 37-year-old hit back in style and took back what he conquered back in 2018, finishing at an overall 38th spot. A former co-driver, first with Jun Mitsuhashi back in 2007, then with Frenchman Nicolas Gibon, it was his turn to move behind the steering wheel as an official Toyota Auto Body driver in 2016. Time has now come to confirm the fact that he has re-established himself as the T2 boss. Miura will again be counting on the precious help of his French co-driver Laurent Lichtleuchter who experienced all types of Dakar adventures in trucks first and then in very competitive cars (12th in 2011 with Garafulic). Meanwhile, in the other official Toyota will again be French driver Ronald Basso.

A.M.: “In the last Dakar Rally, I maintained a positive outlook every day, and I really enjoyed the driving in a very good way. I believe this is why we were able to win. I could strongly feel how much everyone contributed to creating an environment that enabled a focus on the driver. I was overwhelmed with gratitude.”

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TOYOTA AUTO BODY

TOYOTA VDJ200
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  • VDJ200
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  • A_T2_NO

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