Yokohama-shod cars win in five Japanese Rally classes
Yokohama-equipped cars won the series championships in five of six classes of the Japanese Rally Championship, the nation’s premier rally car competition. Yokohama-shod cars won the championships in the JN1, JN2, JN4, JN5 and JN6 classes. The performance of the victorious cars was firmly based on the superior performance on gravel of Yokohama’s “Advan A053” rally tyres as well as the excellent stability of the “Advan A050” sports tyre on tarmac courses.
In the top-level JN6 class, the championship was won by the Advan PIAA Rally Team’s Lancer Evolution X, flashing the red and black Advan colorrs and driven by Fumio Nutahara and Tadayoshi Sato. The team won the second and third races of the series and then wrapped up the championship before the series finale with victories in the sixth and seventh races. The team also won the final race, to finish the series with five victories in nine races. The series championship is the team’s first in five years and its ninth overall.