Vehicles running on Geolandar M/T G003 tyres dominated the AXCR event, capturing the top three spots.
Geolandar M/T G003 Tyre Demonstrate Superior Performance in Off-Road Races
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that a vehicle equipped with its Geolandar M/T G003 mud-terrain tyres for SUVs and pickup trucks won the overall championship in the Asia Cross Country Rally 2023 (hereafter, AXCR).
This Asia’s largest cross-country rally, which was held this year from 13th August to 19th August. Vehicles running on Geolandar M/T G003 tyres dominated the seven-day event, capturing the top three spots with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in addition to the championship. Last year, vehicles equipped with Geolandar M/T G003 won the overall championship and finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th place. This year’s results once again demonstrated the superior performance and durability of the Geolandar M/T G003 tyre in grueling off-road races.
The overall championship was won by Vehicle #105 from Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia (driver Takuma Aoki, co-driver Ittipon Simaraks/Songwut Danphiphattrankoon) racing in a Toyota Fortuner SUV. Despite mechanical problems in leg 1, the team ran fast in legs 2 and 3 and made it to the top by the end of leg 3. The team held on to its lead in legs 5 and 6, and crossed the finish line in the top position. Another Vehicle #121 from Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia (driver Tubagus Moerinsyahdi, co-driver Jatuporn Burakitpachai) drove its Toyota Fortuner SUV equipped with Geolandar M/T G003 tyres to a 2nd place finish.
The 3rd place finisher was Team Mitsubishi Ralliart #101 (driver Chayapon Yotha, co-driver Peerapong Sombutwong) driving Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s new Triton. This team achieved a good result two years in a row, along with the overall championship last year.
The company claimed that the Geolandar M/T G003 delivered superior performance on the full range of off-road surfaces over an exceptionally long lifespan. In addition, the tyre features a sturdy and aggressive design that enhances the off-road driving sensation. The Geolandar brand tyres, including the M/T G003, are widely used in motorsports and have performed brilliantly in many of the most demanding off-road races in Asia, North America, and other regions.
First held in 1996, AXCR is an FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) officially sanctioned race, similar to the Dakar Rally. In recent years, the AXCR has been run over a different course each year, with the starting line in Thailand and then passing through many Southeast Asian countries as it winds through a diverse range of terrains, from mountains and jungles to beaches and plantations, and even race circuits. The rally started in Thailand and finished some 2,000kms away in Laos.