Leaving behind record summer temperatures in New Zealand and Australia, Young and Read entered the winter wonderland of Japans’ mountains where temperature plummet to -20C at night.
Competing in the international section of the event against APRC regulars such as Mitsuhiro Aoki and fellow Cusco team driver Yusushi Aoyama, the Kiwi pair banked a series of solid times and stage wins to take third place.
And the event served not only as an introduction to snow rallying, but also provided a great chance to shakedown their AP4 Yaris in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.
Following the event Young, Read and the Cusco Racing team took the opportunity to visit TRD’s new headquarters to learn more about the companies plans for future engine development.
2019 International Rally of Tsumagoi – Final Results
1. Y. Aoyama / N. Takeshita, Mitsubishi Lancer, 1h05m46.7s
2. M. Kuroiwa / T. Takahashi, Subaru Impreza WRX, 1h06m17.2s
3. M. Young / M. Read, Toyota Yaris AP4, 1h07m15.5s
Story: Brian Young – aprc.tv
Photos: Mitsuru Kotake and Brian Young