PROFILE

Driver Profile
Ralliart Parts Development
Driver/Event Instructor
Katsuhiko Taguchij

Born: February 7, 1972 Okayama, Japan
Taguchi made his rally debut in a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer on the Rally New Zealand in 1994. In 1995 he moved to Australia to take up rally racing full-time. He based his rally activities from Ralliart Australia and competed in national events in Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia. He moved to Malaysia in 1997 and for 3 years competed in the Malaysia National Rally Championship ultimately winning the Group N Champion. He took an impressive 5th in the Group N category during the 1997 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). In 1998 he won in the Group N category on the APRC Malaysia Rally. On the 1999 APRC, he not only won overall but also took the Group N series Champion marking a spectacular double title victory. He participated on the 2001 Cyprus Rally of the WRC as part of the Mitsubishi works team. On his first attempt at the European round of the WRC, he at one point climbed to the 10th overall position. However, he was forced to retire midway through the event. But his unique talent was on display throughout the event and he subsequently received widespread acclaim for his efforts. He returned to Japan in April 2002 and became an employee of Ralliart Japan. He then competed in the British Rally Championship in order gain further experience. On the Rally of Wales he finished a magnificent 7th overall. In 2003 he entered the 2003 APRC although not all the rounds. But on the 2004 APRC he competed in all the rounds and ended the series 3rd. In 2005 he clinched the overall victory on the 4th event of the season the Rally Hokkaido and subsequently placed 5th in the series ranking. He went on to take the overall victory on the Rally New Caledonia on the 2nd round of the 2006 APRC. During this season he took 3rd and 4th two times each and ultimately ranked 3rd in the series. In 2007, he participated in the WRC on a limited basis and took a spectacular victory in Gr-N on the Rally Japan (14th round). On the APRC, he was not able to reach his goal of Champion despite taking a hard-fought 2nd on the Rally New Caledonia (Rd. 1), the Rally of Canberra (Rd. 3), the Rally Hokkaido (Rd. 4) and the Rally Malaysia (Rd. 5) and finished the season 3rd in the series ranking. For the 2008 APRC season, there are high expectations for Team MRF Tyre to clinch its second champion title. This will also mark Taguchi's fifth pairing with veteran co-driver Mark Stacey.



Career Highlights
1990 Motorsport debut
1994 Rally debut
1996 Malaysian Rally (Group N 4th)
1996 Rally New Zealand (Group N 5th)
1996 Rally Australia (Group N4th)
1996 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Group N Cup (5th)
1996 Malaysian Rally Championship Group N Cup (Champion)
1997 Malaysian Rally (Group N Winner)
1997 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Group N Cup (5th)
1997 Malaysian Rally Championship Group N Cup (Champion)
1998 Thailand Rally (Group N3rd)
1998 Malaysian Rally (Overall 2nd / Group N Winner)
1998 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (3rd)
1998 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Group N Cup (2nd)
1999 Thailand Rally (Overall 3rd / Group N Winner)
1999 Canberra Rally (Overall 3rd / Group N Winner)
1999 China Rally (Overall 9th / Group N 3rd)
1999 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Champion
2000 Canberra rally (Overall 2nd)
2000 Rally Australia (Overall 11th)
2002 Rally of Wales (Overall 7th)
2003 Thai Rally (Overall 4th / Group N2nd)
2004 Rally of Rotorua (Overall 3rd)
2004 China Rally (Winner)
2004 Rally India (Overall 2nd)
2004 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Champion (3rd)
2005 Rally of Rotorua (Overall 3rd)
2005 Rally Hokkaido (Winner)
2005 Rally Indonesia (Overall 2nd)
2005 2005 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Champion (5th)
2006 Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie (Winner)
2006 Malaysian Rally (Overall 3rd)
2006 2006 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Champion (3rd)
2007 Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie (Overall 2nd)
2007 Rally of Canberra (Overall 2nd)
2007 Rally Hokkaido (Overall 2nd)
2007 Rally of Indonesia (Overall 2nd)
2007 Rally Japan(Overall 8th / Group N Winner)
2007 Asia Pacific Rally Championship Champion (3rd)
2008 Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie(Winner)
 
1999 China Rally


2003 Asia Pacific Rally


2004 Asia Pacific Rally


2005 Asia Pacific Rally


2007 Rally Japan