In order to strengthen its Motorsports activities in India and further gain a stronger footing for future car rallies, Yokohama India Private Limited, the wholly owned arm of Japanese tyre major Yokohama has announced its team for Motorsports 2015 India.
According to a company statement, Team Yokohama will compete in the 1600 and 200 cc categories of the Indian Rally Championships. The team consists of experienced ralliests. Driver – Rahul Kanthraj and Co-Driver – Vivek Bhatt driving Mitsubishi Cedia, competing in 2000 CC and Driver – Karna Kadur + Co-Driver M Chandrashekar competing in 1600 CC on a Volkswagen Polo. Yokohma also supports Prithvi Domnic + Co-Driver Pruthvi Ithal in 2000 CC Domnic is a Yokohama YCN dealer in Bangalore as well as a Motorsports enthusiast.
Takeshi Harada, Director (Sales and Marketing), Yokohama India, while introducing the team said: “Yokohama has been part of Motorsports events the world over. I would also like to mention the completion of 10 years as a sole Tyre supplier to WTCC, an FIA World Championship, this is a proud moment. Therefore, for us participating in the IRC was a foregone conclusion as Motorsports is today part of the Yokohama philosophy.”
“The launch of Team Yokohama is a proud moment, we have been providing Tyre support and participating for various Motorsports events in India since 2008 and excellent results have encouraged us to continue in this course”, Sanjay Chatterjee, General Manager, Yokohama India added.
From 2008 -2010 Yokohama had been the official tyre partner to Red Rooster racing for INRC events. The results during that partnership were encouraging. Since 2008 year after year Yokohama Tyre supported cars have always found place on the Podium at Raid De Himalaya, one of the toughest Rallies. Yokohama’s IRC 2014 results have also been encouraging with the Team winner 2000 CC, Team winner 1600 CC and Rahul Kanthraj as Best driver 2000 CC .
Rahul Kanthraj and Vivek Bhatt duo started rallying in the year 2000 and has participated in over 75 rallies. Together they have won 4 Group and National championships and finished runners up on 4 other occasions. They will participate in the 2000 CC Category.
Participating in the 1600 CC Category, Karna Kadur, who has been part of over 95 (2& 4 Wheel) events and has won 2 NATIONAL Championship Titles and 12 National event wins. He has had 80 PODIUMS finishes with his Co-Driver M Chandrashekar.
The FMSCI was founded in the year 1971. The Indian rally championship (IRC) was renamed in 2014 but started had way back in the year 1978 and ran as the Indian National Rally Championship (INRC).
Globally other than replacement tyres business, Yokohama tyres is original equipment suppliers to many top of the line car manufacturers like Audi, Honda, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Suzuki and Toyota.
Yokohama India is 100% subsidiary of The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. Yokohama Rubber Company(YRC) is already running in to 10th decade of its establishment in Japan, under its management plan GD100(Grand Design 100, on completion of 100 years of operations in 2017) decided to foray in to Indian market in 2007. India being one of the fastest growing automobile markets got Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd. to invest in land for its manufacturing unit.