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Yokohama supports Ikuo Hanawa in Asia Cross Country Rally

Yokohama supports Ikuo Hanawa in Asia Cross Country Rally

Yokohama Rubber will support the team led by Ikuo Hanawa in the Asia Cross Country Rally 2018, Asia’s largest cross-country rally, which will start on August 12. The Company’s support will include supplying the GEOLANDAR M/T G003 mud terrain tyres from its GEOLANDAR SUV tyre brand.

Ikuo Hanawa is a world-class off-road racer representing Japan. He captured 10 consecutive championships in Japan’s ultimate off-road race competition, the JFWDA Championship Race Series. In 1991, Hanawa became the first Japanese to finish the Baja 1000, one of the world’s biggest off-road racing events, and in 2002 he captured a class championship in that same race. Yokohama has partnered with Hanawa in many races, including the Baja 1000. In April 2018, Hanawa rode Yokohama’s ‘GEOLANDAR M/T G003’ tyres to victory in the APL SMOKIN’ WHEELS 2018 off-road endurance race held in Guam.

The Asia Cross Country Rally has been held in August every year since the first race in 1996. Over the years, the race’s course has taken competitors across mountains, jungles, beaches, and even race car circuits in several Southeast Asian countries. This year’s rally will start on August 12 at Pattaya in Thailand, and racers will cover approximately 2,200km before finishing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on August 18.

The GEOLANDAR M/T G003 is a mud terrain tyre marketed by Yokohama in August 2017.

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