Hiroshi Masuoka

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For the Japanese voice actor, see Hiroshi Masuoka (voice actor).
A reproduction of the Mitsubishi Pajero driven by Masuoka during his 2002 Dakar Rally triumph, on display in Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama.

Hiroshi Masuoka (増岡 浩 Masuoka Hiroshi) (born 13 March 1960) is a Japanese rally driver. His most notable achievement was his back-to-back successes in the Dakar Rally in 2002 and 2003, only the fourth driver in the event's history to win in consecutive years.[1] He was also victorious in the 2003 Baja Italy and the 2004 UAE Desert Challenge.[2]

Throughout his career he has been employed as a works driver by Mitsubishi, typically driving a Pajero. The 2009 Dakar Rally was his 21st and final participation in the rally, after which he retired along with Mitsubishi's withdrawal from the event. During his Dakar career, he won 25 stages, putting him fifth in the all-time list for the car category.

He currently resides in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, with his wife Chiaki and son Shoichiro.[2]

Hiroshi Masuoka - Dakar 2009

Dakar Rally results[edit]

Year Class Vehicle Result Stages
1987 Car Japan Mitsubishi 29th 2
1988 DNF 0
1989 Did not enter
1990 Car Japan Mitsubishi 10th 0
1991 95th 0
1992 20th 0
1993 DNF 0
1994 4th 0
1995 10th 0
1996 6th 1
1997 4th 1
1998 4th 2
1999 6th 0
2000 6th 1
2001 2nd 5
2002 1st 5
2003 1st 4
2004 2nd 4
2005 DNF 0
2006 DNF 0
2007 5th 0
2008 Event cancelled – replaced by Central Europe Rally
2009 Car Japan Mitsubishi DNF 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mitsubishi Motors Takes Third Straight Dakar Rally Title", Mitsubishi Motors press release, January 20, 2003
  2. ^ a b Official page, Pajero-dakar.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jutta Kleinschmidt
Dakar Rally
Car Winner

20022003
Succeeded by
Stéphane Peterhansel