TAKATA all around you

Racer´s Voice

Teruhito Sugawara

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In the Dakar rally we race our truck 10 hours a day for 15 days over vastly different terrains. Inside the cockpit I’m shaken around so much that I get dark bruises on my thighs and buttocks. Under such tough conditions, the Takata full harness is soft and fits snugly, and is better at holding you in place. In particular, the material used in the shoulder pads substantially reduces the stress on my body.

Profile

1998 JFWDA off-road endurance race Buggy (660cc) 10th / Class 3rd
JFWDA Championship Race series Buggy (660cc) Series 5th
1999 Dakar Rally [ Co-driver ] Hino Rising Ranger 4th / Class winner
JFWDA off-road endurance race Buggy (660cc) 16th / Class 3rd
SANDWORKS 3 Hour Endurance Race Buggy (660cc) Winner / Class winner
JFWDA Championship Race series Buggy (660cc) Series champion
2000 Dakar Rally [ Co-driver ] Hino Space Ranger Truck 5th / Class winner
JFWDA off-road endurance race Buggy (660cc) 9th / Class 2nd
JFWDA Championship Race series Buggy (660cc) Series 4th
2001 Dakar Rally [ Co-driver ] Hino Space Ranger Truck 2nd / Class winner
Rally Raid Mongol Buggy (660cc) 25th / Class 5th
JFWDA Championship Race series Buggy (660cc) Series 5th
2002 Rally Raid Mongol Honda Buggy (660cc) Retire
2003 Dakar Rally [ Co-driver ] Hino Space Ranger Truck 5th / Class 5th
Pharaons Rally [ Driver ] Hino Rising Ranger Truck winner
2004 Dakar Rally [ Co-driver ] Hino Ranger Pro Truck 5th / Class 5th
Pharaons Rally [ Driver ] Hino Rising Ranger Retire
2005 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Rising Ranger Truck 6th / Class 3rd
2006 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Rising Ranger Truck 7th / Class 3rd
2007 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Truck 9th / Class winner
2008 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger The race was not held.
Rally Mongolia [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Retire
2009 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Truck 14th / Class 2nd
Rally Mongolia [ Driver ] Hino Ranger 7th / Class 4th
2010 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Truck 7th / Class winner
Rally Mongolia [ Driver ] Hino Ranger 4th / Truck winner
2011 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Truck 9th / Class winner
Rally Mongolia [ Driver ] Hino Ranger 6th
2012 Dakar Rally [ Driver ] Hino Ranger Truck 9th / Class winner

* As of March 2012

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