Team Mitsubishi Ralliart Announces Team Lineup for Asia CROSS-COUNTRY Rally 2022 in November
TOKYO, Sep 19, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, that will compete in the Asia CROSS-COUNTRY Rally (AXCR) with Mitsubishi Motors’ tech support team, has revealed the team lineup for the upcoming AXCR 2022 to be held from November 21 to 26 in Thailand and Cambodia.
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From Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia), winner of the Indonesian Sprint Rally Championship, and Chayapon Yotha (Thailand), who has won the Thailand Autocross Championship, will drive two Triton rally cars in the Group T1 (prototype cross-country vehicles) category and compete for the bigger position. The highly experienced Sakchai Hantrakul (Thailand) will support them in a third Triton support car. Team Mitsubishi Ralliart could have all of the resources it requires to defend myself against the AXCR challenge; TANT SPORT (Thailand), which owns the team, is joined by team director Hiroshi Masuoka, a former two-time Dakar Rally champion driver, and Mitsubishi Motors engineers will accompany the team to supply tech support team.
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart conducted endurance tests of the Triton rally car for 1,100 km at the Grand Prix Motor Park off-road race track in Kanchanaburi, in the west of Thailand, from August 29 to 31. Reducing the weight and improving the output characteristics of the engine have increased drivability, enabling agile handling on the twisty course. Furthermore, new dual dampers have improved road following performance and contributed to significant improvements in driving stability and rough road drivability.
Rifat Sungkar praised the feel of the automobile in his first experience in the Triton: “Rally drivers go through a variety of corners, one at a time. Therefore, it is very important for the rally car to possess excellent maneuverability and drivability because the driver intends, and high durability and reliability over rough roads. An excellent co-driver who is able to navigate accurately and quickly can be important for an effective result. Through the endurance tests, we could actually concur that the Triton rally car delivers excellent performance with regards to rough road drivability and durability.”
Having participated in the last endurance test in June, Chayapon Yotha responded positively after driving the improved car at anticipated rally speeds:
“Speed isn’t everything in rally competition. To be able to win, it is very important maximize the sense of unity between your driver and the rally car, also to control the tempo flexibly between acceleration and deceleration. We’ve confirmed that the Triton rally car includes a great finish and responds precisely and agilely to driver input.”
Hiroshi Masuoka, team director of Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, commented:
“This is a privilege to welcome such talented drivers to the team. Rifat has plenty of experience in sprint rallying, so if we execute a good job as a team to control the long-distance facet of a cross-country rally, he’ll deliver an excellent performance. Chayapon has extensive experience in cross-country rallies and improves each and every time he gets in the automobile, so I’m expecting good outcomes from him. Pertaining to the Triton, both endurance tests enabled us to recognize issues and cope with them. We shall perform a shakedown test in November before AXCR 2022, however the Triton is looking good up to now and I really believe the drivers can deliver tough, solid performances.”
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart
Team Director: Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi Motors)
Team Principal: Chayut Yangpichit (TANT SPORT)
Technical Director: Kopong Amatayakul (TANT SPORT)
TECH SUPPORT TEAM (body, chassis): Yasuo Tanaka (Mitsubishi Motors)
TECH SUPPORT TEAM (engine): Takashi Shibayama (Mitsubishi Motors)
Drivers and co-drivers:
From: Jakarta, Indonesia
Born: October 22, 1978 (43)
Career: Among Indonesia’s top drivers, he’s got won the Indonesian Sprint Rally Championship in 1997, been an Indonesian Rally Championship winner 3 years in a row around 2002, and much more. In 2012, he was named brand ambassador for PT Mitsubishi Motors Krama Yudha Sales Indonesia (MMKSI). In 2019 and 2021, he won overall victories at the Indonesian Sprint Rally Championship in a Mitsubishi Xpander.
Co-driver: Chupong Chaiwan (Thailand)
From: Udon Thani Province, Thailand
Born: August 16, 1987 (35)
Career: He’s got won numerous races since 2012, like the Thailand Super Series, and RAAT Thailand Endurance Championship International. In 2019, he took victories in the Thailand Super Series’ Supercar GTC along with other competitions.
Co-driver: Peerapong Sombutwong (Thailand)
From: Chiang Mai Province, Thailand
Born: November 29, 1962 (59)
Career: With an increase of than 30 years of racing experience, he’s got been crowned champion of the Mitsubishi Gymkhana Challenge RALLIART Cup ’89, won Round hands down the Pennzoil Rally Championship ’91 in northern Thailand, and been successful in lots of other categories. He could be acquainted with Mitsubishi vehicles, having driven a Mitsubishi Pajero in the 1996 Dakar Rally.
Co-driver: Kittisak Klinchan (Thailand)
Visit Mitsubishi Motors’ AXCR 2022 page for information regarding the rally, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart and its own vehicles. The website also features photo galleries, videos, along with other content.
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