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Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

November 23, 2022 | 02:10 am PT
Aka Racing ranked 12th by finishing in 3 hours 27 minutes 3 seconds in the first round of Asia Cross Country Rally 2022.
Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

Co-driver Tran Quang Tien highlights important signs along the road.

From 8 a.m., Tien and other members of the Aka Racing team gathered to discuss the routes, warning signs and other notes.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

In the first race, the route is 190 km long, divided into two rounds with 15-minute rest stop.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

A member of the logistics team pumps fuel, while another checks the vehicle's condition and cleans the breathing tube.

Meanwhile, the two racers take a break and have a snack.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

After a long-distance race, Tien swings on a tree branch for back stretch with the support of his teammates.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

After the break, the two racers get on the car to continue their competition. The logistics team help them put on their protective gear and check the cabin.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

The two racers completed the second round with a distance of more than 100 km. After two rounds, Aka Racing team ranked 12th with a record of 3 hours 27 minutes 03 seconds, out of a total of 31 participants. In the previous day, the team stood at 16th.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

During the race, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Indonesia team had a front tyre blowout. The car was driven by Takuma Aoki, the only racer in the tournament driving in wheelchair due to a past incident.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

In the evening, the logistics team inspect the vehicles and carry out maintenance or repair.

Repairs take place over night to ensure that the cars operate stably the next day. This is why the rally racing is considered as "a race for drivers by day, for mechanics by night."

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

The logistics team disassemble the turbocharger radiator for repair due to a breakdown on the race.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

Driver Tran Cong Phat said the Asia rally is a tough, highly competitive race. In the first round, the favorable weather and the dry road helped their car reach a speed of more than 140 km/h in some sections.

However, driving at such high speed could cause some dangers such as jumping off the track in sharp turns.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

At the tents of other racing teams, the logistics teams constantly check and disassemble components such as tires, shock absorbers, breathing tubes, brakes, air filters, radiators.

Vietnamese racing team ranked 12th on first day of Asian rally

Team Isuzu Suphan (Thailand) suffered the most damage while one car was skidded off the track and the other had an engine failure. With many achievements in the previous tournaments, the team were constantly pressured by other teams like RalliArt (Japan).

In the first round, RalliArt ranked first with a time of 2 hours 52 minutes 29 seconds, followed by Isuzu Suphan who finished in 2 hours 56 minutes 36 seconds.

Phong Van

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