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Members

A select team of individuals who carry the name and hopes of the Hino brand

Hino Motors has teamed up with Team Sugawara to enter two HINO500 Series trucks in Dakar Rally 2017. HINO TEAM SUGAWARA is led by Yoshimasa Sugawara, who has a Dakar Rally-record 34 consecutive entries under his belt, and his son Teruhito Sugawara. Team members include a mechanic and navigators who have the full confidence of the Sugawaras, as well as a mechanic sub-leader who plays a critical role in production processes with his expert skills, a crew of expert mechanics chosen from applicants from Hino dealers nationwide. In addition, dealerships in the countries where the rally will be held have set up truck servicing bases where the trucks will undergo servicing immediately prior to racing. The entire Hino group has come together as a team to take on this challenge.

 

Dakar Rally 2017

Yoshimasa Sugawara

Team director and driver of Car 1
Chairman, Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born May 31, 1941 (Otaru, Hokkaido)
After numerous races in Japan and expeditions including a trans-Sahara Desert run, Yoshimasa started in the Paris-Dakar Rally for the first time in 1983 (age 41) in the Motorcycle category. He then raced in the Cars category for seven events, and has been racing HINO500 Series trucks since 1992. He has had six second-place finishes in the Trucks category, and won seven championships in the Under 10-litre Class. He holds the Dakar Rally record for 34 consecutive starts. His records for Most Consecutive Finishes in the Dakar Rally at 20 Finishes were recognized in Guinness World Records 2009, and Most Consecutive Entries in the Dakar Rally at 34 Entries were recognized in Guinness World Records 2017.

Teruhito Sugawara

Driver of Car 2
President, Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born July 13, 1972 (Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Teruhito Sugawara, Yoshimasa Sugawara’s second son, first joined the Dakar Rally team in 1998 as a mechanic, and subsequently navigated for his father. During this time, he also gained racing experience in off-road races in Japan, as well as in Rally Mongolia. In 2003, he raced a HINO500 Series truck to a Trucks category win in the Pharaoh Rally in Egypt. He began racing alongside his father in a two-truck lineup in the Dakar Rally in 2005, and won his first championship in the Under 10-litre Class in 2007. His 2017 win was his eighth straight championship in the Class.

Mitsugu Takahashi

Navigator of Car 1
Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born 1975 (Yokote-shi, Tokyo)
Takahashi has been a crucial supporting member of the team since Dakar Rally 2011, when he first took part as driver of the assistant car. Having racked up a solid track record as Yoshimasa Sugawara’s navigator in Rally Mongolia (2012, 2013, and 2015), he navigated in the Dakar Rally 2017 following 2016.

Hiroyuki Sugiura

Navigator of Car 2
Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born 1984 (Kita-ku, Tokyo)
- 2009: Entered the Dakar Rally as assistant driver, and Rally Mongolia as navigator.
- 2011: Entered the Dakar Rally as navigator.

Seiichi Suzuki

Mechanic leader
Japan Racing Management Co., Ltd.
Born 1961 (Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Suzuki has participated in a large number of international rallies as both navigator and mechanic.
(22 times in the Dakar Rally, 8 in the Rally Mongolia, twice in the Egypt Pharaoh Rally, once in the Australian Safari, and once in the Silk Way Rally)

Masaki Nakamura

Mechanic sub-leader
Hino Motors, Ltd.
Born on September 7, 1979 (Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo)
Having been involved in prototyping―a critical process in development―Nakamura has played a crucial role in the production of a broad range of commercial vehicles. Following the Dakar Rally 2016, he joined the team as mechanic sub-leader.

Hiroyuki Azuma

Mechanic
Fukushima Hino Motor, Ltd.
Born on September 25, 1985 (Koriyama-shi, Fukushima)

Koji Nakamura

Mechanic
Ishikawa Hino Motor, Ltd.
Born on July 31, 1974 (Nomi-shi, Ishikawa)

Junya Inoue

Mechanic
Okayama Hino Motor, Ltd.
Born on May 19, 1983 (Kagamino-cho, Okayama)

Kenji Kunimoto

Mechanic
Hiroshima Hino Motor, Ltd.
Born on November 28, 1981 (Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima)