Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (hereafter, Mitsubishi Motors) announced that Team Mitsubishi RALLIART, for which the company provides technical support, will be competing in the Asia Cross Country Rally (hereafter, AXCR) to be held from Thailand to Laos in August of this year, using rally cars based on the all-new Triton1 launched today in Bangkok, Thailand.
The all-new Triton has been fully redesigned and evolved significantly in all aspects. The Triton rally car, which has also been modified in line with AXCR vehicle restrictions, offers even greater performance than last year's rally car, improving its durability and reliability – for which the vehicle already had a solid reputation – as well as sporty and stable handling, powerful and responsive driving performance across the full speed range, and the ability to deal with tough road conditions such as muddy roads.
AXCR 2023 special website:
Team Mitsubishi RALLIART will be taking on the AXCR 2023 with three cars driven by Chayapon Yotha (Thailand), champion driver of last year's AXCR; Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia), who placed 5th overall last year; and Katsuhiko Taguchi (Japan), who won the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 1999 and 2010.
Team MITSUBISHI RALLIART claimed an overall victory last year in its first attempt at AXCR. This year, the following team drivers and co-drivers will attempt to claim a second consecutive win: defending champions Chayapon Yotha (Thailand) and Peerapong Sombutwong (Thailand), last year's 5th place drivers Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia) and Chupong Chaiwan (Thailand), and Japanese duo Katsuhiko Taguchi and Takahiro Yasui. They will be driving a total of three new TRITONGroup T1s (prototype cross-country vehicles). Team MITSUBISHI RALLIART will have all the resources it needs to take on the AXCR challenge; TANT SPORT (Thailand), which owns the team, is joined by team director Hiroshi Masuoka, a former two-time consecutive Dakar Rally champion driver, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers will accompany the team to provide technical support.
Comment from Team Mitsubishi RALLIART team director Hiroshi Masuoka:
"We are very excited to be able to take on the competition with the all-new Triton, which has been fully redesigned and evolved significantly in all aspects. Triton rally cars have undergone over 2,000 km of endurance testing in Japan and Thailand with no major problems, and we have confirmed that they provide even better performance than last year's model in every stage, from flat dirt high-speed stages to muddy low-speed stages. We will be driving with three rally cars, each of which is competing for the overall victory, and we want to take the championship position up on the podium for another consecutive victory."
Team director Hiroshi Masuoka and Mitsubishi Motors engineers will work with the local crew, accompanying the team throughout the rally in the DELICA D:5, an all-around minivan with the road handling of an SUV and the comfort of an MPV. They will do everything from analyzing competition conditions through racing segments and formulating strategies to providing technical support at service park.
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