Asia Cross Country Rally

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AXCR 2008 tests the endurance as well as the toughness of the 4WD Vehicle

The Asia Cross Country Rally (also known as AXCR), is an FIA certified[1] event, in compliance with the Standard Regulations for Cross Country Rallies and the present Supplementary Regulations. This cross-country rally, which began in 1996 and is now (2008) in its 13th year. When the AXCR first started, premium event like the Paris-Dakar Rally was already well known. However, the Paris-Dakar Rally is a long way away, and much too expensive for Asian competitors to consider unless they had factory backing.

Takuma Aoki, one of the participants of AXCR 2008

This annual rally is organised by R1 Asia, a group of companies formerly known as ORTEV International.[2]

The Asia Cross Country Rally route is designed to cover many types of terrain like jungles, swamps river-crossings and also desert… and over the past years, has included almost every kind of challenge that nature has to offer in these parts of the world.

Designed as a test of driving and navigation skill, endurance and teamwork, as well as the preparation, durability and toughness of the 4 wheel drive vehicles, the Asia Cross Country Rally has gained a loyal following among 4 wheel enthusiasts throughout many parts of Asia.

Each year, the Asia Cross Country Rally provides participants with a variety of terrain challenges spread over 6 to 9 days and covering from 2,000 km to 4,200 km over as many places as possible. In addition to this, it also provides the opportunity for the young people to meet and make friends with others from different countries in the region.

History[edit]

Year Date Distance Routing
1996 Aug 25-31 2,000 km Malaysia Kuala Lumpur … Penang … Kota Bharu … Kuantan … Kuala Rompin … SingaporeMalaysia Malacca … Kuala Lumpur
1997 Aug 9-16 3,000 km Malaysia Kuala Lumpur … Ipoh … Kuala Terengganu … Alor Setar … Thailand … Phuket … Prachuap Khirikhan … Phetchaburi … Kanchanaburi … Bangkok
1998 Aug 8-15 3,200 km Malaysia Kuala Lumpur … Cameron Highlands … Penang … Thailand … Surat Thani … Hua Hin … Ayutthaya … Sukhothai … Mae Hong Son … Chiang Mai
1999 Aug 7-14 3,500 km Malaysia Kuala Lumpur … Bukit Kayu Hitam … Thailand … Krabi … Chumphon … Kanchanaburi … Bangkok … Phetchabun … Nongkhai … Laos Viangchan
2000 Aug 5-13 4,200 km Malaysia Kuala Lumpur … Sungai Petani … Thailand … Surat Thani … Cha Am … Ayutthaya … Phrae … Chiang Rai … Myanmar Kyaing Tong … China Jing Hong
2001 Aug 11-17 3,000 km Thailand Bangkok … Pattaya … Chanthaburi … Pak Chong … Khon Kaen … Sakon Nakon … Savannakhet … Vietnam Hue
2002 Aug 3-9 3,000 km Thailand Bangkok … Kanchanaburi … Nakhon Sawan … Khon Kaen … Khorat … Sa Kaeo … Cambodia Angkor Wat
2003 Aug 8-14 3,000 km Thailand Bangkok … Kanchanaburi … Cha Am … Chumphon … Surat Thani … Hat Yai … Malaysia Sungai Petani … Kuala Lumpur
2004 Aug 7-13 2,900 km Thailand Bangkok … Phetchabun … Laos Viangchan … Thailand Nongkhai … Khon Kaen … Pak Chong … Bangkok
2005 Aug 6-12 3,400 km Thailand Bangkok … Ayutthaya … Mae Sot … Mae Hong Son … Chiang Rai … Sukhothai … Nakhon Ratchasima … Pattaya
2006 Aug 6-12 2,513 km Thailand Bangkok … Prachinburi … Aranyaprathet … Nakhon Ratchasima … Mukdahan … Laos Savanakhet … Pakxe … Thailand Ubonrachathani
2007 Aug 5-10 2,250 km Thailand Petchaburi … Kanchanaburi … Ayutthaya … Petchabun … Nakhon Ratchasima … Chon Buri
2008 Aug 10-15 2,200 km Thailand Bangkok … Kanchanaburi … Hua Hin … Chumphon … Surat Thani … Trang … Phuket
Norihiro Yamamoto, a long time participant of AXCR. This car has endured more than 11 years of AXCR!

2008 results[edit]

Winner of the AXCR 2008
# Driver Co-Driver Car Make & Model Team Total Time
1 Noppadol SUDKAEO Thailand Thathchai MEENIL Thailand ISUZU D-MAX Isuzu N Motor Sport 12:56:30
2 Chamnarn ONSRI Thailand Chonlanat POPIPAT/Sakon KLARHARN Thailand MITSUBISHI TRITON Hankook Motorsports Team 13:04:02
3 Nattapon ANGRITTHANON Thailand Jumpol DOUNGTIP Thailand TOYOTA VIGO Toyota Vigo Cross Country Team Thailand 13:24:58
4 Rachan TRAIRAT Thailand Pornthep SUKAHUTA Thailand MITSUBISHI TRITON Hankook Motorsports Team 13:49:30
5 Vichai WATTANAVISUTH Thailand Bhisanu PHUSITANONTAKUL Thailand ISUZU D-MAX Isuzu N Motor Sport 14:00:01
6 Puttiwat ANGKANAWIN Thailand Ukrit KHUNTHONG Thailand TOYOTA VIGO Goodyear Racing Team Thailand 14:04:09
7 Chai PALAWAT Thailand Amnuay KOSITAPORN Thailand MITSUBISHI TRITON Hankook Motorsports Team 14:07:58
8 Worawat YINGSAKUL Thailand Athikij SRIMONGKOL/Kitisak KLINCHAN Thailand TOYOTA VIGO VRV Bangchak Cocacola Banrie Maxxis Team Thailand 14:12:08
9 Vivat AEOLEK Thailand Chaisin NARKBAN Thailand ISUZU D-MAX Isuzu N Motor Sport 14:18:27
10 Thawee NAENNA Thailand Peerapong SOMBATWONG Thailand TOYOTA VIGO VRV Bangchak Cocacola Banrie Maxxis Team Thailand 14:18:51
11 Attakorn TANAWONGKUL Thailand Bunpot AMPORNMAHA Thailand TOYOTA VIGO Goodyear Racing Team Thailand 14:30:44
12 Krisda U-YASATIEN Thailand Amornvit KUAN-U Thailand MITSUBISHI STRADA Hankook Motorsports Team 15:11:10
13 Vorapoj BUNCHUAYLUEA Thailand Chupong CHAIWAN Thailand TOYOTA VIGO BRIDGESTONE PURE THAI N BRAKE 21:47:57
14 Parithas THASNASARIT Thailand Jatuporn BURAKIJPACHAI Thailand MITSUBISHI TRITON Hankook Motorsports Team 22:17:30
15 Chusak TASANAWIRIYAKUL Thailand Somkiat NOICHARD Thailand TOYOTA VIGO Toyota Vigo Cross Country Team Thailand 22:25:24
16 Michihiro ASAI Japan Hideki SASAKI Japan MITSUBISHI PAJERO MICHIHIRO ASAI 22:31:30
17 Norihiro YAMAMOTO Japan Takashi TSUJIMOTO Japan TOYOTA LAND CRUISER NORIHIRO YAMAMOTO 22:46:32
18 Tan Chin LONG Malaysia Ng Hao HAN Malaysia MITSUBISHI PAJERO TAN CHIN LONG 23:31:54
19 Takuma AOKI Japan Ittipon SIMARAKS Thailand ISUZU D-MAX Club Super Special Stage 30:03:38
20 Takeshi TSUKADA Japan Takashi YAMAMOTO/Nobuaki IJIRI Japan MITSUBISHI PAJERO TAKESHI TSUKADA 30:36:06
21 Chung Min CHAO China Deng Min HUA China ISUZU RODEO CHUNG MIN CHAO 34:38:07
22 Takashi SASAKI Japan Kyohei SATO Japan ISUZU D-MAX Club Super Special Stage 36:13:57
23 Bundit PANTHITA Thailand Thanawat BANLUKIT Thailand SUZUKI VITARA Hankook Motorsports Team 39:06:09
24 Tadamitsu NIIHORI Japan Pisit TONGBOONTERM Thailand TOYOTA VIGO Toyota Vigo Cross Country Team Thailand DNF*
25 Kinya MORIKAWA Japan Masayuki FUKANO Japan TOYOTA LAND CRUISER KINYA MORIKAWA DNF*
26 Niphon NIMYEESOON Thailand Pradit KU-AMORNWATTANA Thailand TOYOTA VIGO VRV Bangchak Cocacola Banrie Maxxis Team Thailand DNF*
27 Takatsugu AOKI Japan Chakaphan TAPBAMROONG Thailand ISUZU D-MAX Club Super Special Stage DNF*

* Did Not Finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIA 2008 Calendar
  2. ^ About R1 Asia

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