2003 DAKAR RALLY
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Hiroshi MASUOKA / Born March 13th, 1960

An employee of Ralliart Inc., the Japanese first started off-road racing in 1979. He accumulated impressive results in domestic rallies before switching to international events.
Masuoka attempted the Paris-Dakar for the first time in 1987. In 1990, he claimed an impressive T2 category win (10th overall). After proving that he can handle the Dakar, he went on to finish fourth overall in 1994 and repeated the same position in both 1997 and 1998. He took sixth overall in both 1999 and 2000, so steadily building a magnificent record in the legendary African classic.
In November 2000 Masuoka attended the Baja 2000, the most famous and toughest off-road event organised in North America. This off-road event held in Baja California peninsula is far removed from its European counterparts - competitors drive their machines over 2,500kms non-stop!
Masuoka teamed up with three American drivers to cross the Baja California peninsula in a production-based Mitsubishi Montero Sport/Challenger. He and his team-mates succeeded in taking the Montero Sport/Challenger to victory in class 3I, completing the race in a little more than 55 hours, an incredible achievement considering that many doubted they would even finish on their first participation in the Baja.
The challenge provided Masuoka with valuable experience for his attempt at the 2001 Dakar in which he finished second overall after a controversial finish. In the exciting 2002 Dakar, Hiroshi Masuoka maintained a winning pace and stayed on top for 12 straight days to take his first overall victory at his 15th attempt.
In the same year, he entered the Morocco Rally where he finished second overall. Impressive results and his growing popularity make him one of the top rally drivers in the world. Mitsubishi driver Hiroshi Masuoka proudly represents Japan in the world of off-road racing.

Career highlights
1987
Paris-Dakar 29th overall
1996
Granada-Dakar 6th overall
1988
Paris-Dakar retire
1997
Dakar-Agades-Dakar 4th overall
1990
Paris-Dakar 10th overall
1998
Paris-Granada-Dakar 4th overall
1991
Paris-Dakar 96th overall
1999
Granada-Dakar 6th overall
1992
Paris - Cape Town 20th overall
2000
Paris-Dakar-Cairo 6th overall
1993
Paris-Dakar retire
2001
Paris-Dakar 2nd overall
1994
Paris-Dakar 4th overall
2002
Paris-Dakar 1st overall
1995
Granada-Dakar 10th overall
2002
Rallye Maroc 2nd overall

Jean-Pierre FONTENAY / Born July 24th, 1957

The Frenchman made his debut in the Paris-Dakar Rally as a co-driver in 1983. From the 1987 Paris-Dakar he became a "quick service" driver for the Mitsubishi works team and was eventually promoted to a factory drive. In 1993 he won five consecutive events in the T2 category of the FIA Cross-Country World Cup series.
In both the 1994 Australian Safari and 1995 Paris-Beijing Rally he defeated more powerful T3 vehicles in his T1 Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero (standard production vehicle category) to achieve an impressive overall victory.
After 16 years' challenging for the famous Dakar Rally, the pinnacle of his career was an overall victory in the 1998 Paris-Granada-Dakar.
In 2000, the popular Frenchman finished third on the Paris-Dakar-Cairo Rally and third on the Morocco Rally. He took a similar placing again in the Por Las Pampas Rally and finished fourth overall in the UAE Desert Challenge after stopping to help fellow Mitsubishi driver Jutta Kleinschmidt.
On the 2002 Dakar, Fontenay took his Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero to fourth overall. He finished an impressive third overall in the Italian Baja and runner-up in the UAE Desert Challenge.

Career highlights
1988
Paris-Dakar 2nd overall
1997
Dakar-Agades-Dakar 2nd overall
1989
Paris-Dakar 7th overall
1998
Paris-Granada-Dakar 1st overall
1991
Paris-Dakar 3rd overall
1998
UAE desert Challenge 1st overall
1993
Italian Baja 1st overall
1999
Granada-Dakar 9th overall
1995
Granada-Dakar 4th overall
2000
Paris-Dakar-Cairo 3rd overall
1995
Paris-Beijing 1st overall
2000
Rallye Maroc 3rd overall
1996
Granada-Dakar 3rd overall
2001
Paris-Dakar 6th overall
1996
Atlas Rally 2nd overall
2002
Paris-Dakar 4th overall

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