Team Kara will be among Cambodia’s representatives in the week-long 2019 Asia Cross Country Rally (AXCR) when the starting gun fires in Pattaya tomorrow.
Team Kara driver Ho Sitthikun said he hoped to perform better than last year although tackling the new route – from Thailand to Myanmar – would be a challenge.
Mr. Sitthikun, who is also vice president of the Cambodia Motor Sport Federation and Team Kara’s captain, said this year’s entrants totalled 37 race cars; 21 diesel and 11 gasoline vehicles– a marked increase over last year.
“We are familiar with the terrain from Thailand to Cambodia [so] it will be different, he told press conference attendees in Phnom Penh yesterday.
“But the Cambodian team will try to do well. We will try to bring honour to Cambodia,” he added.
Pov Techleng, Mr. Sitthikun’s Co-Driver, echoed his captain’s thoughts.
“[We] are determined to lead the way again. This year’s preparation has been going well.”
The kingdom will compete in two Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks driven by Sam Sokosal alongside co-driver Vorng Kimhuoth, while the other will be driven by Ho Sitthikun and two co-drivers, Seng Socheata and Pov Techleng.
The race series, which began in 1996 and still growing strong, will see motorbike riders and car participants take part in the largest annual cross-country rally in Asia, sanctioned by the Federation International Automobile (FIA).
This year competitors begin the 2,200 kilometre race in Pattaya, Thailand before going on to Nakorn Nayok, Kamphaeng Phet, Mae Sot, crossing the Thailand/Myanmar border, Myawaddy, Hpa An, and finish in the Myanmar capital of Naypyitaw on August 16.
The Asia Cross Country Rally participants route will be expected to cover various types of terrain like jungles, swamps, river-crossings and desert. AXCR is an FIA certified event, and is intended to be a test of driving and navigation skill, endurance and teamwork.
At last year’s race, Team Kara finished a respectable sixth overall of 27 participating teams.