DMAX conquers harshest of conditions to become highest placed T2 Pick-Up at the 2016 Silk Way Rally

The Isuzu D-MAX rally team, lead by Adrian Di Lallo and Harry Suzuki piloting a new 2016 D-Max pickup number 134, managed to complete the tough 15-day event as the highest placed pick-up truck in the ‘T2’ Production class. 

The 'T2' Production class only permits light modifications to the vehicles, which sees the team’s 2016 Isuzu D-MAX very similar to the version available for sale to the public. 

The ‘T2’ class was dominated by entries with a significantly larger engine capacity than the 3.0 litre turbo diesel D-MAX but the consistency of our Isuzu D-MAX rally team throughout the special stages saw them place well in the ‘T2’ Class, finishing second on Leg 3 and Leg 6. They also finished in third place four times. These results equated to the team completing ‘T2’ Class in fourth place overall and finishing as the highest placed pickup in Class. Not everyone in the T2 category was able to reach the finish, with four vehicles having to retire along the way out of 17 starters. In overall our Isuzu D-MAX was credited for the team being one of the 71 autos that finished the event – out of 102 starters. The team placed 26th outright.

It was a feat just to finish the 10,000 kilometre Silk Way Rally, but the Isuzu Motorsports team of Adrian Di Lallo and Harry Suzuki piloting a new untested 2016 D-Max managed to complete the tough 15-day event as the highest placed pick-up truck in the ‘T2’ Production class.

The 4,104.96 kilometre competitive course provided competitors with plenty of variety. Russia was host to Legs 1 and 2 which gave the challenge of dust, mud and rain. Legs 3 to 6 saw competitors faced with the treacherous tracks, hidden rocks, mud and mountains of Kazakhstan.Legs 7 to 15 were held in the desert terrain of China, with its searing hot temperatures testing the focus of competitors and huge dunes. 

Early on in the event it was obvious that it wasn’t only the gruelling desert terrain with its monstrous dunes and vast rutted steppes competitors needed to contend with, but also Mother Nature whoflexed her full force. Leg 2 in Ufa, Russia and Leg 11 in Jiayunguan, China were cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. 

The team lost time early on in the event due to a navigation error. They refocused after this incident, determined in their need to regain time, without putting the D-MAX at risk.  

“My first goal with to bring the car to the finish, and that’s what we did,” said Di Lallo. “Without the benefit of destructive testing you just don’t know how far you can push things. We succeeded in reaching our goal.” 

Di Lallo fell in love with the stunning ever-changing landscapes they encountered throughout the event – and the variety of challenges those terrains presented themselves and the D-MAX. “There were a few stages where we encountered the lot – fesh-fesh, sand dunes, clay and gravel. There were long hot days in our tradies ute, but the D-MAX revelled in the challenge and ate it up.”

The last special stage on July 23 saw the team cross the finish line in Hohhot China, before travelling the next day to a hero’s welcome at the famous Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. The Silk Way Rally Director VladamirChagin said “the rally is not won by the one who goes fast, but by the one who doesn’t break down.” Strategy combined with the durability of the D-MAX was credited for the team being one of the 71 autos that finished the event – out of 102 starters. The team placed 26th outright.

“Over the past two weeks we have driven through some of the harshest conditions on the planet,” said Di Lallo. “There has been mountains, river crossings, patches of deep mud, desert plains, dune fields and more, but there really wasn’t any obstacle that was too great for the D-MAX to surpass with careful navigation, and sometimes brutal force.”

The consistency of Isuzu Motorsports throughout the special stages saw them place well in the ‘T2’ Class, finishing second on Leg 3 and Leg 6. They also finished in third place four times. These results equated to the team completing ‘T2’ Class in fourthplace overall, six hours behind the class leaders, and finishing as the highest placed pickup in Class. Not everyone in the T2 category was able to reach the finish, with four vehicles having to retire along the way out of 17 starters.  

Di Lallo said he is proud of the Isuzu Motorsports crew who all have come from different cultures to form a cohesive team. “We have this very ethnically diverse team, but it is certainly no barrier to getting things done!"

“AJ is a Chinese speaking Malaysian Indian, Udom is Thai, Kano San is Japanese-spec Thai, Rodger is a full Australian skippy, Harry San is a Japanese-spec Aussie, and I’m an Italian-Australian.”

The Silk Way Rally is inspired by the concept of Mr. XíJìnpíng, the President of the People’s Republic of China. The idea lies in “five connecting elements”: political coordination, a single infrastructure, trade relations, monetary and financial circulation, and humanitarian communication for the advancement in practical cooperation, promoting mutual political trust, economical integration and cultural tolerance with neighboring countries. 

The rally is organised by Vladimir Chagrin, a legend of the Dakar Rally, winning it seven times and holding an impressive record of 63 Dakar leg victories.The Russian Ministry of Sport, Chinese Ministry of External Affairs, Kazakhstan Ministry of Sport, FIA and the Automobile Federations of the host countries all took an active part in the organization of the event. 

The D-MAX was sporting ‘Morgan’s Forever’ stickers on the side of the D-MAX which travelled with the team on the 10,000 kilometre journey. These were to keep the memory alive and honour a young friend of the team who passed away suddenly. 



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