Race Report 1993
6th place finish for TEAM LONE WOLF & CUB HINO with only 1 vehicle in the competition
1993 - PARIS-DAKAR
The event that year had the smallest number of entries ever due to the worldwide economic slowdown. Hino Motors, being no exception, decided to suspend the works organization and to continue rally activities by supplying vehicles to private outfits. Along with that, the team name also went through a complete change to TEAM LONE WOLF & CUB HINO. The competition was carried out over the long stretch of 8,900km with only one Hino Cruising Ranger and two mechanics supplied by Hino. The rally started in Paris and advanced into Africa through Morocco. After that, it was a conventional route passing through the desert areas of Algeria and Mauritania aiming for the destination in Dakar. It was a tough route, though, with passage through only four settlements in all of the special stages (SS).
While competing with only one Ranger, it got off to a good start, ending in second place in the prologue run. The rally's longest SS on the second day in Africa covering a distance of 1,044km, however, was especially intense with a succession of sand dunes and rocky stretches and the Ranger was hit with a penalty when it did not arrive until after 8:00 the next morning. Though falling back here in the standings, the Ranger later produced a series of good times as it burst ahead as if letting off steam. It recorded the best time in a frantic catch-up boost on the Atar-Nouakchott stage on January 15, the actual final day. On the next day, the 16th, with more than half of the entries having dropped out, it dashed across the finish line in Dakar in sixth place.
"TEAM LONE WOLF & CUB"
1st truck: Yoshimasa Sugawara, Hideki Shibata
Air mechanics: Jiro Kameda, Yoshimitsu Yaguchi
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