It was an exciting weekend for Sarawakians as they recently had a taste of the Dakar Rally with 2-time Dakar Rally Champion Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan. The occasion was the Mitsubishi 4×4 Dakar Rally Experience which took place at Travilion in Kuching. It was the first event of its kind to be held in Sarawak’s capital and some 4,000 people attended the 2-day event which concluded with a magnificent fireworks display.
During their ride with Masuoka, the Sarawakians were able to see and experience the capabilities of the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Triton, the most popular Mitsubishi models in Malaysia. In spite of rainy weather which made the ground muddy, Masuoka was hardly deterred and in fact used the conditions to show off the go-anywhere capabilities of the sturdy Mitsubishi 4×4 vehicles. He charged over a rutted track with knee-deep mud pits and never got bogged down. Also on the course was a specially-designed section where the vehicles went over a 48-degree side traverse ramp, cross axle ramp and a 50-degree giant ramp.
There was entertainment for all the family and the first 100 visitors daily to test drive any Mitsubishi Motors model went home with exclusive Mitsubishi merchandise. At night, there were live concerts by local artistes.

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The Dakar Rally Experience will be in Kuching, Sarawak, for the first time this weekend (March 19/20). At the event, visitors will get to sit with 2-time Dakar Rally Champion Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan as he pilots a Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (or Mitsubishi Triton) around the course at the Travilion carpark at high speed. The tough Mitsubishi vehicles will be subjected to jumps and bumps and punishing terrain and prove their capabilities.
Masuoka was the second Japanese driver in history to win the Dakar Rally in 2002 with the official Mitsubishi team in a Mitsubishi Pajero. He also won the event in 2003.
Visitors will also be entertained with nightly live concerts by local artistes such as singer-choreographer Choo Hao Ren, Sarawakian Hafiz (champion for Akademi Fantasia 2009), Claudia Geres, as well as local rock band Masterpiece.
Though there is no charge for the ride, it’s a good idea to pre-register. This can be done at a Mitsubishi Motors showroom in Kuching or by visiting
The latest Mitsubishi models will also be on display and test-drives are available. The first 100 visitors (on each of the two days) to test drive any of the models will get exclusive Mitsubishi merchandise.
From now until 31 March, those who book and register a new Pajero Sport or Triton will also get a Sharp Aquos LCD TV, 2 years of free maintenance  and  a cash rebate (terms and conditions apply).

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