Published on August 15th, 2023 | by Sounder Rajen0
Mitsubishi To Achieve Consecutive Victories In Asia Cross Country Rally 2023
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart is doing this with the brand new Triton rally car
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Mitsubishi) announces that Team Mitsubishi Ralliart, for which it provides technical support, will be taking on the Asia Cross Country Rally 2023 (AXCR) in Thailand and Laos. In this competition, scheduled for 13 to 19 August 2023, the team will be driving three new Triton rally cars to achieve this.
The ceremonial start of the event will be held on 13 August, the first day of the event, in Pattaya, a resort in southern Thailand. The following day, August 14, the team will drive east along the border between southeast Thailand and Cambodia, racing towards its goal near Prasat Wat Phu, one of Laos’ World Heritage sites, on the 19.
Moreover, in preparation for the start of the rally, on Thursday, 10 August, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart conducted a shakedown test of the new Triton rally cars that will actually be driven in the AXCR using the test course of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., Ltd. in the Si Racha district of Thailand’s Chonburi province.
Unlike last year, this year’s AXCR is held in August, during the rainy season, so the course is expected to be difficult, with muddy roads and river crossings. To overcome this, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart has fortified the new Triton through two durability tests, covering a total of roughly 2,000km, conducted in Japan and overseas.
On top of that, kicking off on 13 August 2023, a ceremonial start will be held on Pattaya’s Walking Street for the 63 teams that will be competing in AXCR rally (21 moto, 1 sidecar, and 41 auto category competitors).
The next day, the rally will start with Leg 1. Until reaching Ubon Ratchathani, the goal of Leg 3 of the rally, on 16 August 2023, competitors will be driving tough roads, including muddy courses and roads piled with rock debris. During Leg 4, on 17 August, competitors will cross the border between Thailand and Laos, and then from Leg 5, starting 18 August, the rally will all take place in Laos.
The rally course in Laos is expected to pass through tree-filled highlands and rice paddy areas. These legs are located in the south of Laos, which experiences heavy rains, so course conditions are expected to further decline due to squalls. Leg 6, on 19 August, will end with the final goal in the World Heritage site of Prasat Wat Phu.
From the first day of the race, Sunday, 13 August 2023, to the final leg of the race on Saturday, 19 August, Mitsubishi Motors will post up-to-date daily reports on the company’s AXCR special website linked here.