#2 Teruhito Sugawara & Hiroyuki Sugiura

2016 Dakar Rally: Hino Team Sugawara #2 rose up at 16th place overall in truck category

On January 11, the latter half of the 2016 Dakar Rally was conducted from Salta to Belén with a distance of 393km. Around 51 trucks participated in the race during this day. The degree of difficulty escalated during the first part of the race, thus only about four trucks remained until the end of the first part.

First, they had to move to the mountain area of southwestern Salta in a 129km Liaison; next, they had to go beyond a 140km Neutral Zone. After that, they had to pass the 162km and 232km SS areas. There was a high speed Piste, which was an easier road to run, in the first part; but on the second part, they had to pass by a Piste with rocky valleys, dried riverbeds, fesh fesh (areas with fluffy powdered sand), and hills outside the Piste. At the final stage of the second part, they had to pass through a 3,000m high land area.

Hino Team Sugawara’s the Hino Ranger #2, which was driven by Teruhito Sugawara and Hiroyuki Sugiura, did a great job in the SS area. While on the way, the right front and rear tires of the #2 went flat on the deep wheel track. Nevertheless, because of its fast recovery, it achieved 17th place overall, and the highest place in the truck category as it ranked 1st place among its 10L engine and below category. Hino Ranger #1 by Yoshimasa Sugawara and Mitsugu Takahashi went on at a constant pace and achieved 38th place overall, and 3rd place among its class. As the result of this stage, the #2 rose up to 16th place in the overall ranking. On the other hand, the #1 is on the 39th place in the overall ranking, and still around 1st or 2nd place in the below 10L engine category.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)