Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team won the victory of JSR Production
Published by Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team at 26th September
Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team supported by Hankook Tire finished Asia Pacific Rally Championship overall 8th place on the Rally Hokkaido. This was also the final round of Japan Super Rally (JSR) series too. We won the victory of JSR Production series champion.
Based on Obihiro City in Hokkaido, Rally Hokkaido was held from 13th September to 17th as Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) Rd.5, JSR final round and Japanese Rally Championship Rd.7. The total Special Stage length was over 200Km. So Rally Hokkaido was the greatest rally in Japan. Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team supported by Hankook Tire was participated in both APRC and JSR as the international class. We aimed to win JSR Production series champion which was for production cars similar to Group N.
It was necessary to prepare the machine which complied strictly with the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) safety regulation because APRC was a FIA Regional Rally Championship. As our present LANCER did not comply with the APRC regulation, we rent a Group N “KAMKYO LANCER” which did well in 2010 WRC Rally Japan.
At 13th September we did the shakedown of the renewal machine for awaking from 7years sleep. And we tested Hankook Gravel Rally Tire R213 for Japanese rally debut.
At 15th September the competition Day 1 (LEG 1A),
The competition Day 1 schedule was very busy with Offical Shakedown, Rally Show, Ceremonial Start and Start of Super Special Stage 1 Satsunai. Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team ,who is based on Tsumagoi-village where is the largest producer of Cabbage in Japan, gathered much attentions in Tokachi too. Tokachi is a big agriculture area where includes in Obihito city and surrounding area. So many people and companies in Tokachi are interested in the “Cabbage” rally team. The Tokachi’s agricultural corporation “Farm Shizen” supplied a large amount of Cabbage for our team. We gave their cabbage to spectators. Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team became one of brilliant rally teams.
After Rally Show and Ceremonial Start, the 3 days Rally Hokkaido started actually from Super Spacial Stage SATSUNAI.
At 16th September the competition Day 2 (LEG 1B),
For the reason of the information about a hard raining night in the forest stage, we did grooving of tires for mud condition of the most difficult stage SS3 KUNNEYWA. During SS3 KUNNEYWA, our LANCER EVOLUTION was having engine trouble. A following car CUSCO Racing Aoyama who had been the 2nd point standing of JSR Production overtook us. Our LANCER stopped at 3km up to the SS3 finish. At this moment, our hope of JSR Production champion seemed to have been lost. Fortunately we could restart the engine. At next corner from the restart, Aoyama was standing on the side by rollover. Our hope came back by Aoyama’s LEG1 withdrawing.
Though we had high risks of our troubled engine until we arrived at the remote service RIKUBBETSU, our team mechanics repaired completely. We lost over 4 minutes from Iwashita who was the top of production cars. So our strategy was changed to complete rally finish with absolute accuracy.
Although Mitsuyosshi Kuroiwa did his steady driving, he recorded APRC overall 6th and production 3rd SS time at SS9 SIPIRKAKIM. His driving skill was the same as the top level. After SS9 he drove without risk. He aimed to finish the rally only. The result of the competition Day 2 was the 7th place of production cars.
At 17th September the competition Day 3 (LEG 2),
Keeping the 7th position, we would win the victory of JSR production champion surely. So Kuroiwa drove more carefully without any overload on both the engine and the drive system. Aoyama recovered from LEG2. He did not give up. He drove strongly for taking LEG2 points. But we were not influenced by his pressure. Kuroiwa has arrived at the rally finish with his steady driving. We finished the 6th place of production cars. Finally we won the victory of JSR production champion.
Additionally our position was APRC overall 8th and JSR overall 10th. We got the 3rd place of JSR overall too. Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team, Kuroiwa Mitsuyoshi and Hankook Tire created a vivid impression on Japanese Rally fields in JSR first year.
[Comment of Mitsuyoshi Kuroiwa]
I participated in my first Hokkaido’s Rally. My first Hokkaido’s was the difficult Rally Hokkaido. Initially I would not care about position. My target would be only complete rally finish. At the section 2, it seemed to be difficult to finish the rally by engine trouble. But I increased enthusiasm for complete rally finish when I saw Aoyama’s coursed out. This is the cause that I won the victory of JSR production champion.
Hankook Gravel Rally Tire R213 was very good feeling from the test day. And the wear performance was so good that I could drive many long SS of Rally Hokkaido without anxiety. By tire grooving, the feeling for wet condition increased toward safety.
When I challenge next time, I want to fight with top contenders by SS times.
【Rally Hokkaido JSR Result】
|1st||Gaurav Gill||TEAM MRF||SKODA FABIA R5||1:53:21.8|
|2nd||Rovert Blomberg||MPART SPORT||MITSUBISHI MIRAGE||2:05:03.2|
|3rd||Satoshi Imai||IMMENS MOTORSPORT||SUBARU WRX STI||2:08:05.4|
|10th||Mitsuyoshi Kurosiwa||Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team||MITSUBISHI LANCER||2:16::17.5|
|1st||Satoshi Imai||IMMENS MOTORSPORT||SUBARU WRX STI||2:08:05.4|
|2nd||Fuyuhiko Takahashi||AHRESTY RALLY TEAM||SUBARU WRX STI||2:08:26.0|
|3rd||Mitsuhiro Aoki||IMMENS MOTORSPORT||MITSUBISHI LANCER||2:09:24.6|
|6th||Mitsuyoshi Kurosiwa||Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team||MITSUBISHI LANCER||2:16::17.5|
【JSR series points】
|1st||Yuya Sumiyama||CUSCO RACING||90pt|
|2nd||Genki Takeuchi||CUSCO RACING||51pt|
|3rd||Mitsuyoshi Kuroiwa||Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team||49pt|
|1st||Mitsuyoshi Kuroiwa||Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team||85pt|
|2nd||Yasushi Aoyama||CUSCO RACING||77pt|
|3rd||Satoshi Imai||IMMENS MOTORSPORT||61pt|
*Battle of Hankook Tire Customers
At Rally Hokkaido, 4 teams (except Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team) made use of Hankook Tire R213 for Gravel Rally as follows.
- No.10 Eiichi Iwashita STREETLIFE WORLD RALLY TEAM Mitusbishi Lancer EVO9
- No.11 Atsushi Masumura SUPER ALEX TROOP MitusbishiLancer EVO10
- No.19 Masanobu Chigira CHIGIRA MOTOR SPORTS SUBARU IMPREZA 4DOOR
- No.21 Kouichi Nogariya SUPER ALEX TROOP SUBARU IMPREZA WRX
At the most difficult Special Stage SS3 KUNNEYWA 28.75km, Masumura recorded APRC overall 3rd and production top SS time. He showed the high performance of Hankook Tire. Unfortunately he retired at SS4 by Mission trouble. Subsequently Iwashita showed the performance of Hankook Tire instead of Masumura. During LEG1B, Iwashita’s LANCER had trouble with her suspension. He dropped his position. But at LEG2 he recorded top production SS times continuously. Such his SS times went between R5 machines’. At SS14 he ranked at APRC overall 3rd and production top. Regrettably he was declared as “EXCLUDED” after SS15 because his temporary suspension repair at LEG1B had been judged a violated operation. Both Chigira and Nogariya arrived at the finish podium without big trouble.
The activity of both Masumura and Iwashita could prove that Hankook Tire R213 for Gravel Rally, which developed by World Rally Championship and European Rally Championship, had enough potential for Japanese Gravel Rally.
|APRC overall 7th||Masanobu Chigira||CHIGIRA MOTOR SPORTS||SUBARU IMPREZA 4DOOR||2:12:05.9|
|APRC overall 8th||Mitsuyosho Kuroiwa||Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team||MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO9||2:16:17.5|
|APRC overall 10th||Kouichi Nogariya||SUPER ALEX TROOP||SUBARU IMPREZA WRC||2:17:14.0|
|Mission trouble at SS4||Atsushi Masumura||SUPER ALEX TROOP|
|Excluded||Eichi Iwashita||STREETLIFE WORLD RALLY TEAM|
Japan Super Rally Series (JSR)
JSR is the new international rally series which started Febrary-2017.
Rd.1 3-5th February Rally of Tsumagoi (Ice & Snow on Tarmac)
Rd.2 9-11th June Montre in Tsumagoi (Tarmac)
Rd.3 15-17th September Rally Hokkaido (Gravel)
Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team
Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team is the home ground in Tsumagoi village where is the host town of JSR Rd.1 and Rd.2. The driver is Mitsuyoshi Kuroiwa who lives in Tsumagoi village. Tsumagoi village supports to the team officially. The team name is the village name and the specialty products Cabbage. Tsumagoi Cabbage Rally Team is a very regional rally team. And there are many team supporters in Tokachi where is the host area of JSR Rd.3. Because Tokachi is a big agriculture area. Especially Cabbage is one of major productions in Tokachi.
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