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MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS POISED TO TAKE TWO TITLES ON RALLY GREAT BRITAIN

13.02.15

Andreas Aigner (Austria) remains on target to win the Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) title tomorrow after another trouble-free day in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on Wales Rally Great Britain.Aigner remains in third place with one day remaining on what has been one of the toughest Rally Great Britains in recent years. The mixture of ice and rain which brought about the cancellation of two stages yesterday returned today, but all of the seven planned tests ran without any problems. Today’s action was closer to the central service park in Swansea, with the three stages running north of the city. The final test of the day was back in Cardiff inside the Millennium Stadium, where the organizers had tweaked the one-kilometer stage to make it even more entertaining for the tens of thousands of fans who packed out a venue more normally associated with rugby. At the end of another difficult day on the stages, Aigner admitted his focus was firmly on the finish in Cardiff in 24 hours’ time. "Of course, I want to be at the finish in this position, but there’s still a long way to go," he said. "I had a spin in the last stage, Crychan. The car got away from me in a left corner over a patch of ice. The conditions have been tough again today, just trying to spot the ice is really hard. I thought it might be better this afternoon, but it was getting slippery again as the temperatures dropped in the afternoon." Aigner backed off this morning, but gave himself a scare at the mid-day service and then pushed harder again in the afternoon. "I think I had backed off too much," he added. "So, this afternoon I went flat out again. I like the stages tomorrow, but we have to wait and see for the conditions." One place behind Aigner was Guy Wilks (United Kingdom), who is on the verge of clinching a second successive British Rally Championship crown for the Mitsubishi Motors UK team. Like Aigner, Wilks remains firmly focused on the season-long battle. "This rally is about getting to the end now," he said. "Today’s been really hard. We’ve had a few problems here and there, but we’ve got through. It would be nice to try and catch the guys ahead, but at the end of the day, we’re here for the British Rally Championship points and that’s all." Five Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions held top-10 positions in the PWRC at the end of day two, with Mirco Baldacci (San Marino) and Armindo Araujo (Portugal) looking good to pick up points on this final Group N and PWRC encounter of the season. Tomorrow’s final day is the shortest of the three, with the crews facing 319 kilometers of driving, 96 of which will be competitive. After two days of competing north of Swansea, the final day takes them east for the classic Rheola and Port Talbot stages. After two loops of the tests, split by service in Swansea, the cars finish back in Cardiff at 15h00. In the overall standings, Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) leads the event outright for Ford, with Sebastien Loeb (France) in second place and his Citroen team-mate Dani Sordo (Spain) third.
 FIA PWRC  CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Grp Pos Total Time Diff Leader
1 Patrik Flodin Goran Bergsten S S SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 1 1:55:43.8 **:**:**.*
2 Patrik Sandell Emil Axelsson S S PEUGEOT 207 S2000 N 2 1:56:02.5 0:18.7
3 Andreas Aigner Klaus Wicha A D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 3 1:56:30.3 0:46.5
4 Guy Wilks Phil Pugh GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 4 1:57:50.4 2:06.6
5 Jari Ketomaa Miika Teiskonen FIN FIN SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 5 1:58:14.9 2:31.1
6 Jaromir Tarabus Daniel Trunket CZ CZ FIAT GRANDE PUNTO S2000 N 8 2:04:18.2 8:34.4
7 Mirco Baldacci Giovanni Agnese RSM I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 12 2:13:16.1 17:32.3
8 Spyros Pavlides Steve Lancaster CYP GB SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 13 2:13:18.1 17:34.3
9 Armindo Araujo Miguel Ramalho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 17 2:22:11.2 26:27.4
10 David Higgins Leuan Thomas GB GB SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 18 2:26:14.3 30:30.5
11 Bernardo Sousa Jorge Carralho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 19 2:28:02.9 32:19.1
12 Simone Campedelli Danilo Fappani I I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 27 2:50:07.1 54:23.3
 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 M Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila FIN FIN FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 1 1:47:52.4 **:**:**.*
2 M Sebastien Loeb Daniel Elena F MC CITROEN C4 WRC A 2 1:47:59.7 0:07.3
3 M Daniel Sordo Marc Marti E E CITROEN C4 WRC A 3 1:48:20.3 0:27.9
4 M Petter Solberg Philip Mills N GB SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2008 A 4 1:48:44.9 0:52.5
5 M Per-Gunnar Andersson Jonas Andersson S S SUZUKI SX4 A 5 1:49:58.5 2:06.1
6 Henning Solberg Cato Menkerud N N FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 6 1:50:01.7 2:09.3
7 M Francois Duval Denis Giraudet B F FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 7 1:50:22.0 2:29.6
8 M Toni Gardenmeister Tomi Tuominen FIN FIN SUZUKI SX4 A 8 1:51:25.4 3:33.0
9 M Mikko Hirvonen Jarmo Lehtinen FIN FIN FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 9 1:52:36.9 4:44.5
10 M Matthew Wilson Scott Martin GB GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 10 1:52:41.9 4:49.5
11 Barry Clark Paul Nagle GB GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 11 1:53:43.0 5:50.6
12 P Patrik Flodin Goran Bergsten S S SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 1 1:55:43.8 7:51.4
13 P Patrik Sandell Emil Axelsson S S PEUGEOT 207 S2000 N 2 1:56:02.5 8:10.1
14 P Andreas Aigner Klaus Wicha A D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 3 1:56:30.3 8:37.9
15 Valentino Rossi Carlo Cassina I I FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 12 1:57:30.0 9:37.6
16 Khalid Al Qassimi Michael Orr UAE GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 13 1:57:36.9 9:44.5
17 P Guy Wilks Phil Pugh GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 4 1:57:50.4 9:58.0
18 P Jari Ketomaa Miika Teiskonen FIN FIN SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 5 1:58:14.9 10:22.5
19 Conrad Rautenbach David Senior ZW GB CITROEN C4 WRC A 14 1:59:06.3 11:13.9
20 Mads Ostberg Ole Unnerud S N SUBARU IMPREZA WRC A 15 1:59:45.1 11:52.7
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22 Gwyndaf Evans Gareth Roberts GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 6 2:01:28.1 13:35.7
23 Hermann Gassner Junior Katherina Wuesttenhagen D D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 7 2:03:35.1 15:42.7
26 Ryan Champion Anders Howard GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 9 2:05:18.5 17:26.1
28 Mattias Therman Janne Perala FIN FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 11 2:11:59.8 24:07.4
29 P Mirco Baldacci Giovanni Agnese RSM I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 12 2:13:16.1 25:23.7
35 P Armindo Araujo Miguel Ramalho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 17 2:22:11.2 34:18.8
39 P Bernardo Sousa Jorge Carralho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 19 2:28:02.9 40:10.5
43 Deividas Jocius Mindaugas Varza LT LT MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 22 2:35:46.0 47:53.6
49 P Simone Campedelli Danilo Fappani I I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 27 2:50:07.1 1:02:14.7

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS WIN THE PRODUCTION CAR WORLD AND BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS

13.02.15

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Andreas Aigner (Austria) has won the Production Car World Rally Championship (PWRC) after one of the most thrilling rounds of the series ever on Wales Rally Great Britain.Aigner’s fellow Mitsubishi driver, Guy Wilks (United Kingdom) has won a second consecutive British Rally Championship at the wheel of his Lancer Evolution. The event finished in Cardiff this afternoon after another exceptionally tough day’s rallying in the south-Wales forests. With overnight temperatures sinking as low as minus six degrees, the stages in the Neath Valley, north-west of the event’s Millennium Stadium base in Cardiff, were as tricky as anything the drivers had been faced with on this event. During the recce today’s Rheola and Port Talbot tests (which would be run twice, totaling 96 competitive kilometers) were almost ice-free and in the best condition. Today, however, they were at their slippery best. Both Aigner and Wilks were determined not to make any mistakes. Both had spent the entire rally driving with their championship aspirations at the forefront of their minds. And both delivered perfectly, collecting podium results along the way. Aigner was delighted with his maiden Production Car World Rally Championship title. He said: "It’s incredible. This has been such a tough event, but the Mitsubishi has come through without any problems. Like all of the season, this car has been fantastic. Yesterday we had a spin in stage 14 and so last night, I thought: "Okay, be sensible. All of this can easily disappear." So today, we take a very sensible approach. We are not taking any risks. I know I have to be on the podium and that is all I am driving for. And now we have it. We have the championship. Incredible. There were so many retirements on this rally, it was so tough. But we’re here." Wilks echoed those sentiments, adding: "British champion again. That’s a job well done. This hasn’t been the easiest rally by a long way. All of the time the conditions have been changing, it’s been a really tough one. We’ve had a few problems along the way, but this has been a good year and we’re champions for the second time that’s what we wanted when we started this season." Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution drivers collected five of the top-10 Group N positions more than any other manufacturer. This once again demonstrated the performance and consistency of the Lancer Evolution, a car which has broken all World Rally Championship records for its string of victories. Prior to Wales Rally GB, the Mitsubishi had won Group N on the last 15 rounds of the series in a run of domination which stretched back more than a year. In the overall standings of Wales Rally GB, Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb (France) won the event, beating Ford driver Jari-Matti Latvala (Finland) in a final-stage thriller. Dani Sordo (Citroen, Spain) was third on the event.
 FIA PWRC  CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Grp Pos Total Time Diff Leader
1 Patrik Flodin Goran Bergsten S S SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 1 2:56:01.3 **:**:**.*
2 Andreas Aigner Klaus Wicha A D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 2 2:57:43.4 1:42.1
3 Guy Wilks Phil Pugh GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 3 2:58:09.0 2:07.7
4 Jari Ketomaa Miika Teiskonen FIN FIN SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 4 3:00:48.2 4:46.9
5 Jaromir Tarabus Daniel Trunket CZ CZ FIAT GRANDE PUNTO S2000 N 7 3:08:18.6 12:17.3
6 Spyros Pavlides Steve Lancaster CYP GB SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 10 3:21:19.3 25:18.0
7 Armindo Araujo Miguel Ramalho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 12 3:24:53.9 28:52.6
8 David Higgins Leuan Thomas GB GB SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 13 3:28:17.8 32:16.5
9 Bernardo Sousa Jorge Carralho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 15 3:30:00.7 33:59.4
10 Simone Campedelli Danilo Fappani I I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 23 3:51:56.1 55:54.8
 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 M Sebastien Loeb Daniel Elena F MC CITROEN C4 WRC A 1 2:43:09.6 **:**:**.*
2 M Jari-Matti Latvala Miikka Anttila FIN FIN FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 2 2:43:22.3 0:12.7
3 M Daniel Sordo Marc Marti E E CITROEN C4 WRC A 3 2:44:30.2 1:20.6
4 M Petter Solberg Philip Mills N GB SUBARU IMPREZA WRC 2008 A 4 2:45:09.2 1:59.6
5 M Per-Gunnar Andersson Jonas Andersson S S SUZUKI SX4 A 5 2:47:13.7 4:04.1
6 M Francois Duval Denis Giraudet B F FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 6 2:48:17.4 5:07.8
7 M Toni Gardenmeister Tomi Tuominen FIN FIN SUZUKI SX4 A 7 2:48:34.6 5:25.0
8 M Mikko Hirvonen Jarmo Lehtinen FIN FIN FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 8 2:48:48.4 5:38.8
9 M Matthew Wilson Scott Martin GB GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 9 2:51:23.5 8:13.9
10 Barry Clark Paul Nagle GB GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 10 2:53:02.7 9:53.1
11 P Patrik Flodin Goran Bergsten S S SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 1 2:56:01.3 12:51.7
12 Valentino Rossi Carlo Cassina I I FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 11 2:56:30.0 13:20.4
13 P Andreas Aigner Klaus Wicha A D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 2 2:57:43.4 14:33.8
14 P Guy Wilks Phil Pugh GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 3 2:58:09.0 14:59.4
15 Conrad Rautenbach David Senior ZW GB CITROEN C4 WRC A 12 2:58:30.9 15:21.3
16 Khalid Al Qassimi Michael Orr UAE GB FORD FOCUS RS WRC 07 A 13 2:58:33.8 15:24.2
17 P Jari Ketomaa Miika Teiskonen FIN FIN SUBARU IMPRZA WRX STI N 4 3:00:48.2 17:38.6
18 Gwyndaf Evans Gareth Roberts GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 5 3:03:12.8 20:03.2
19 Steve Perez Pual Spooner GB GB FORD FOCUS WRC A 14 3:03:50.3 20:40.7
20 Hermann Gassner Junior Katherina Wuesttenhagen D D MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 6 3:07:11.6 24:02.0
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22 Ryan Champion Anders Howard GB GB MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 8 3:10:51.2 27:41.6
25 Mattias Therman Janne Perala FIN FIN MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 11 3:21:42.2 38:32.6
27 P Armindo Araujo Miguel Ramalho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 12 3:24:53.9 41:44.3
31 P Bernardo Sousa Jorge Carralho P P MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 15 3:30:00.7 46:51.1
35 Deividas Jocius Mindaugas Varza LT LT MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 17 3:41:58.2 58:48.6
42 P Simone Campedelli Danilo Fappani I I MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION IX N 23 3:51:56.1 1:08:46.5

REPSOL MITSUBISHI RALLIART TEAM’S STEPHANE PETERHANSEL WINS SS5 AND LUC ALPHAND SECOND TO CLOSE ON PAX RALLY LEAD

13.02.15

The fourth leg of the 2008 PAX rally saw Mitsubishi's Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) claim the fastest time on the penultimate stage of the event to shave practically two minutes off the gap that separates them from the lead in Portugal. With just one 65km stage remaining before Sunday afternoon's finish in Portimao, the French crew are only 31 seconds behind Carlos Sainz. Fellow Mitsubishi runners Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) profited from the day to go almost two minutes clear of Giniel De Villiers after sharing overnight third place with the South African driver, but Joan 'Nani' Roma/Lucas Cruz (Spain) dropped nine minutes and slipped back one place to sixth overall following a slow-speed roll. "I was a little concerned when I saw how much sand there was during the early part of today's stage, but the conditions became increasingly favourable to us as we progressed," observed Stéphane Peterhansel who admitted to enjoying the WRC-type loose-surface tracks. "Our later running order also gave us an advantage, although I think I could perhaps have gone a little bit faster to begin with. When we realised that we were starting to take time out of Carlos Sainz, I decided to push harder towards the end, and that has enabled us to close the gap at the top of the leaderboard quite significantly. It won't be easy to win tomorrow, but I have every intention of keeping the pressure on Carlos: with a lead of just half a minute, he can't afford to make any mistakes" Team-mate Luc Alphand was equally pleased with his day and, before the start of the SS5, he was aware of the how crucial it was pull clear of De Villiers before the short, final stage tomorrow:. "Given the importance of road order since the start and given, too, how varied the conditions have been, this has been a very challenging rally, but we haven't come out of it too badly so far. We wanted to make the most of our starting position today and we were practically going at the same pace as Stéphane to begin with. I then made a few tiny mistakes, however, including a 'straight on' into a field which could have gone horribly wrong, and I lost my concentration for a while. But our Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution is continuing to go like a dream and we will do all we can on Sunday to keep our footing on the podium." Like Luc and Stéphane, Nani Roma was also going very well today before a slow-speed roll put him out of contention. The time lost in the incident has seen him fall back to sixth place. "It's such a shame," he said. "I was really pleased with my rhythm and we were pushing hard when I cut too deeply into the inside of a slow left-hand corner. We nudged the bank and that sent us into a roll, at no more than 20kph, I would say. Our car is obviously damaged but we were able to complete the stage and it's repairable for tomorrow." Despite this setback, Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart Team Director Dominique Serieys (France) was once again swift to applaud the work of his three crews. "After more than ten hours of rallying, nothing is by any means over because there's still one more difficult day to come. I am proud of their performance," he enthused. "What we are seeing this week here in Portugal is a valuable pointer for the future. The competitive career of the Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution comes to an end tomorrow, yet Luc, Nani and Stéphane have succeeded in taking the fight to the drivers who promise to be their main rivals on the 2009 Dakar. That's a very encouraging sign indeed." The final stage of the 1,583km rally takes the form of a 65km loop to the north of Portimao, close to Portugal's Algarve coast, before Sunday afternoon's finish ceremony.
 SS5 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 Stephane PETERHANSEL Jean-Paul COTTRET F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 1 1:56:28 **:**:**.*
2 Luc ALPHAND Gilles PICARD F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 2 1:57:32 1:04
3 Nasser AL-ATTYAH Tina THORNER QAT S BMW X3 CC T1 3 1:58:17 1:49
4 Carlos SAINZ Michel PERIN E F VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 4 1:58:18 1:50
5 Giniel DE VILLIERS Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ RSA D VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 5 1:59:13 2:45
6 Filipe CAMPOS Jaime BAPTISTA P P BMW X3 CC T1 6 2:01:04 4:36
7 Orlando TERRANOVA Alain GUEHENNES F BMW X3 CC T1 7 2:01:55 5:27
8 Joan ROMA Lucas CRUZ SENRA E E MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 8 2:06:17 9:49
9 Pedro GRANCHA Paulo PRIMAZ P P NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1 9 2:06:20 9:52
10 Miroslav ZAPLETAL Tomas OUREDNICEK CZ CZ MITSUBISHI L200 T1 10 2:07:12 10:44
11 Pedro GAMEIRO Miguel DOMINGUEZ P E NISSAN NAVARRA T1 11 2:10:12 13:44
12 Alexandre RE Pedro RE P P NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1 12 2:11:28 15:00
13 Leonid NOVITSKIY Oleg TYUPENKIN RUS RUS BMW X3 CC T1 13 2:12:11 15:43
14 Maurizio TRAGLIO Fabien LURQUIN I B NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1 14 2:16:22 19:54
15 Guerlain CHICHERIT Matthieu BAUMEL F F BMW X3 CC T1 15 2:19:22 22:54
16 Laszlo LISZI Georg RACK HON D MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 16 2:20:19 23:51
17 Morgan PICARD Denis SCHURGER F F SUBARU FORESTER T1 17 2:20:55 24:27
18 Gerard BENIELLI Gilles TIXADOR F F OFF ROAD BUGGY T1 18 2:20:55 24:27
19 Jose GAMEIRO Antonio SARAIVA P P NISSAN NAVARRA T1 19 2:22:57 26:29
20 Francisco INOCENCIO Santos GODINHO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 20 2:23:48 27:20
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26 Gabi NICOLAE Alexandro BOJICA RO RO MITSUBISHI L200 T1 24 2:34:27 37:59
28 Mario LUCAS Francisco LUIS P P MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2 4 2:36:51 40:23
36 Nuno INOCENCIO Sergio COSME P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 30 2:56:31 1:00:03
38 Jose LOPEZ RIVAS Joan RUBI E E MITSUBISHI KAOT T1 32 3:26:30 1:30:02
 CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS5
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 Carlos SAINZ Michel PERIN E F VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 1 10:19:59 **:**:**.*
2 Stephane PETERHANSEL Jean-Paul COTTRET F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 2 10:20:30 0:31
3 Luc ALPHAND Gilles PICARD F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 3 10:22:32 2:33
4 Giniel DE VILLIERS Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ RSA D VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 4 10:24:13 4:14
5 Nasser AL-ATTYAH Tina THORNER QAT S BMW X3 CC T1 5 10:27:29 7:30
6 Joan ROMA Lucas CRUZ SENRA E E MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 6 10:32:48 12:49
7 Filipe CAMPOS Jaime BAPTISTA P P BMW X3 CC T1 7 10:39:21 19:22
8 Pedro GRANCHA Paulo PRIMAZ P P NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1 8 11:07:20 47:21
9 Guerlain CHICHERIT Matthieu BAUMEL F F BMW X3 CC T1 9 11:20:46 1:00:47
10 Miroslav ZAPLETAL Tomas OUREDNICEK CZ CZ MITSUBISHI L200 T1 10 11:20:54 1:00:55
11 Maurizio TRAGLIO Fabien LURQUIN I B NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1 11 11:56:52 1:36:53
12 Francisco INOCENCIO Santos GODINHO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 12 12:01:14 1:41:15
13 Morgan PICARD Denis SCHURGER F F SUBARU FORESTER T1 13 12:15:51 1:55:52
13 Gerard BENIELLI Gilles TIXADOR F F OFF ROAD BUGGY T1 14 12:38:52 2:18:53
15 Laszlo LISZI Georg RACK HON D MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 15 13:01:02 2:41:03
16 Kenjiro SHINOZUKA Roberto DI PRIZIO J I NISSAN PATROL GR Y61 T1 16 13:04:47 2:44:48
17 Nuno INOCENCIO Sergio COSME P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 17 13:09:40 2:49:41
18 Adelio MACHADO Paulo TORRES P P TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T2 1 13:11:47 2:51:48
19 Alejandro MARTINS Jose MARQUES P P TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T1 18 13:22:46 3:02:47
20 Lukas VACOVSKY Viktor CHYTKA CZ CZ TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 80 T2 2 13:23:17 3:03:18
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24 Gabi NICOLAE Alexandro BOJICA RO RO MITSUBISHI L200 T1 22 13:50:41 3:30:42
30 Mario LUCAS Francisco LUIS P P MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2 5 16:55:51 6:35:52
39 Jose LOPEZ RIVAS Joan RUBI E E MITSUBISHI KAOT T1 33 28:30:42 18:10:43

TWO MITSUBISHI DRIVERS ON THE PROVISIONAL PODIUM AS THE TERRAIN CHANGES IN PORTUGAL

13.02.15

Following the first two stages, which took competitors into the mountains to the northeast of Lisbon, there was a distinct change in scenery for Friday's leg of the inaugural PAX Rally. Today's 90km competitive loop, which was contested twice, marked a shift to sandier, lower-lying terrain and, as expected, handed the advantage to Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart's principal rivals. Mitsubishi's trio did more than just defend their corner, however, and Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (France) succeeded in moving up one place into second spot, while Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (France) continue to figure on the overnight podium. Joan 'Nani' Roma and Lucas Cruz (Spain) are still fifth in the third Pajero/Montero Evolution with two days of the Dakar Series event remaining. "We pushed as hard as we could and our reward is the fact that we have gained a place," commented Stéphane Peterhansel this evening. "We had a couple scrapes today, though. On the first pass, about 35km from the start, I went up onto two wheels and that momentarily unseated my front-right tyre. Some air escaped in the process, but the tyre stayed inflated, so we were able to continue. I could sense that we were still losing pressure, however, and I preferred to take it a little easier to the finish. The conditions were far more cut-up second time round, and more soft sand had become exposed. We knew that wouldn't be good for us and I did what I could to compensate. I nearly paid the price for that when I went straight on into a tree. I thought I had damaged my radiator, but I quickly saw that the temperatures and everything were OK, so we were able to continue. Tomorrow we will have a later running order, and that could well play in our favour." The Frenchman's performance enabled him to trade places with team-mate and early leader Luc Alphand who still has a footing on the provisional podium, this time with exactly the same total time as Giniel De Villiers! "The profile of today's stage is very frustrating," reported the former skier at the lunchtime break. "It started with a twisty run through forest land, which wasn't too bad. However, the majority was made up of long straights and 90 turns, which I think is where we lost the most time. It was a very tricky stage, too, with trees very close to the side of the road, but I'm glad to say that we came through it unscathed and our car is running perfectly. There is still everything to play for!" The afternoon's run saw Alphand switch to a different type of tyre. "I felt more comfortable and I was closer to the times of the other drivers," he observed. "I also tried to keep my driving smoother and that seems to have paid dividends, although there isn't much we can do about the time we loose accelerating out of the tight corners." Like his team-mates, Nani Roma found that today's terrain was much less favourable than the rally's first two stages in the Castelo Branco region. "I don't know why, but I had trouble settling into a good rhythm," he confessed. "My car was perfect and I didn't have any problems at all, but I didn't succeed in finding the ideal pace." Aware that the change of terrain further to the south of Portugal was likely to penalize his drivers, Team Director Dominique Serieys (France) was swift to praise the three Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart crews for their efforts: "Today's stage was totally different to those of the first two legs, and Luc, Nani and Stéphane did all they could to limit the damage. We intend to keep up the pressure all the way to the finish and we have been helped so far by the Pajero/Montero Evolution's reliability, with only a minor electric problem on just one car to report so far." Tomorrow, the penultimate leg will take competitors to the Algarve city of Portimao via a 468km route which features a single 159km stage. The rally is scheduled to end on Sunday afternoon in Portimao after a total distance of 1,583km, including 829km divided into six stages.
 SS3 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 Carlos SAINZ Michel PERIN E F VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 1 57:08 **:**:**.*
2 Guerlain CHICHERIT Matthieu BAUMEL F F BMW X3 CC T1 2 57:56 0:48
3 Stephane PETERHANSEL Jean-Paul COTTRET F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 3 58:06 0:58
4 Giniel DE VILLIERS Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ RSA D VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 4 58:08 1:00
5 Nasser AL-ATTYAH Tina THORNER QAT S BMW X3 CC T1 5 58:34 1:26
6 Luc ALPHAND Gilles PICARD F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 6 58:49 1:41
7 Joan ROMA Lucas CRUZ SENRA E E MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 7 59:21 2:13
8 Filipe CAMPOS Jaime BAPTISTA P P BMW X3 CC T1 8 59:51 2:43
9 Orlando TERRANOVA Alain GUEHENNES F BMW X3 CC T1 9 1:00:24 3:16
10 Miroslav ZAPLETAL Tomas OUREDNICEK CZ CZ MITSUBISHI L200 T1 10 1:02:15 5:07
11 Alexandre RE Pedro RE P P NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1 11 1:05:15 8:07
12 Francisco INOCENCIO Santos GODINHO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 12 1:05:34 8:26
13 Nuno INOCENCIO Sergio COSME P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 13 1:06:09 9:01
14 Pedro GRANCHA Paulo PRIMAZ P P NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1 14 1:06:44 9:36
15 Morgan PICARD Denis SCHURGER F F SUBARU FORESTER T1 15 1:07:01 9:53
16 Gerard BENIELLI Gilles TIXADOR F F OFF ROAD BUGGY T1 16 1:07:39 10:31
17 Maurizio TRAGLIO Fabien LURQUIN I B NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1 17 1:08:40 11:32
18 Ricardo LEAL DOS SANTOS Joao LUZ P P BMW X5 T1 18 1:09:28 12:20
19 Jose LUCAS Luis TIRANO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 19 1:10:02 12:54
20 Jose GAMEIRO Antonio SARAIVA P P NISSAN NAVARRA T1 20 1:10:43 13:35
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25 Gabi NICOLAE Alexandro BOJICA RO RO MITSUBISHI L200 T1 23 1:13:01 15:53
28 Mario LUCAS Francisco LUIS P P MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2 3 1:14:06 16:58
 
 SS4 CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 Carlos SAINZ Michel PERIN E F VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 1 56:08 **:**:**.*
2 Nasser AL-ATTYAH Tina THORNER QAT S BMW X3 CC T1 2 56:47 0:39
3 Guerlain CHICHERIT Matthieu BAUMEL F F BMW X3 CC T1 3 57:07 0:59
4 Giniel DE VILLIERS Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ RSA D VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 4 57:08 1:00
5 Stephane PETERHANSEL Jean-Paul COTTRET F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 5 57:29 1:21
6 Luc ALPHAND Gilles PICARD F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 6 57:46 1:38
7 Joan ROMA Lucas CRUZ SENRA E E MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 7 58:04 1:56
8 Filipe CAMPOS Jaime BAPTISTA P P BMW X3 CC T1 8 59:39 3:31
9 Orlando TERRANOVA Alain GUEHENNES F BMW X3 CC T1 9 59:40 3:32
10 Pedro GRANCHA Paulo PRIMAZ P P NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1 10 1:01:05 4:57
11 Miroslav ZAPLETAL Tomas OUREDNICEK CZ CZ MITSUBISHI L200 T1 11 1:01:37 5:29
12 Ricardo LEAL DOS SANTOS Joao LUZ P P BMW X5 T1 12 1:02:26 6:18
13 Francisco INOCENCIO Santos GODINHO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 13 1:04:48 8:40
14 Alexandre RE Pedro RE P P NISSAN PATHFINDER R51 T1 14 1:05:00 8:52
15 Nuno INOCENCIO Sergio COSME P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 15 1:05:45 9:37
16 Morgan PICARD Denis SCHURGER F F SUBARU FORESTER T1 16 1:07:15 11:07
17 Maurizio TRAGLIO Fabien LURQUIN I B NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1 17 1:07:56 11:48
18 Jose LUCAS Luis TIRANO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 18 1:10:52 14:44
19 Laszlo LISZI Georg RACK HON D MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 19 1:11:43 15:35
20 Gerard BENIELLI Gilles TIXADOR F F OFF ROAD BUGGY T1 20 1:11:59 15:51
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29 Mario LUCAS Francisco LUIS P P MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2 4 1:16:17 20:09
34 Gabi NICOLAE Alexandro BOJICA RO RO MITSUBISHI L200 T1 29 1:29:46 33:38
 OVERALL CLASSIFICATION AFTER SS4
Pos Driver Co-Driver Nat Vehicle Cls Total Time Diff Leader
1 Carlos SAINZ Michel PERIN E F VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 1 8:21:41 **:**:**.*
2 Stephane PETERHANSEL Jean-Paul COTTRET F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 2 8:24:02 2:21
3 Luc ALPHAND Gilles PICARD F F MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 4 8:25:00 3:19
3= Giniel DE VILLIERS Dirk VON ZITZEWITZ RSA D VW RACE TOUAREG 2 T1 3 8:25:00 3:19
5 Joan ROMA Lucas CRUZ SENRA E E MITSUBISHI PAJERO/MONTERO EVOLUTION T1 5 8:26:31 4:50
6 Nasser AL-ATTYAH Tina THORNER QAT S BMW X3 CC T1 6 8:29:12 7:31
7 Filipe CAMPOS Jaime BAPTISTA P P BMW X3 CC T1 7 8:38:17 16:36
8 Pedro GRANCHA Paulo PRIMAZ P P NISSAN NAVARRA OFF ROAD T1 8 9:01:00 39:19
9 Guerlain CHICHERIT Matthieu BAUMEL F F BMW X3 CC T1 9 9:01:24 39:43
10 Miroslav ZAPLETAL Tomas OUREDNICEK CZ CZ MITSUBISHI L200 T1 10 9:13:42 52:01
11 Francisco INOCENCIO Santos GODINHO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 11 9:37:26 1:15:45
12 Maurizio TRAGLIO Fabien LURQUIN I B NISSAN PATHFINDER R50 T1 12 9:40:30 1:18:49
13 Morgan PICARD Denis SCHURGER F F SUBARU FORESTER T1 13 9:54:56 1:33:15
14 Nuno INOCENCIO Sergio COSME P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO DID T1 14 10:13:09 1:51:28
15 Gerard BENIELLI Gilles TIXADOR F F OFF ROAD BUGGY T1 15 10:17:57 1:56:16
16 Jose LUCAS Luis TIRANO P P MITSUBISHI PAJERO T1 16 10:26:13 2:04:32
17 Lukas VACOVSKY Viktor CHYTKA CZ CZ TOYOTA LAND CRUISER 80 T2 1 10:34:15 2:12:34
18 Alejandro MARTINS Jose MARQUES P P TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T1 17 10:35:15 2:13:34
19 Kenjiro SHINOZUKA Roberto DI PRIZIO J I NISSAN PATROL GR Y61 T1 18 10:35:25 2:13:44
20 Adelio MACHADO Paulo TORRES P P TOYOTA LAND CRUISER T2 2 10:40:11 2:18:30
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24 Gabi NICOLAE Alexandro BOJICA RO RO MITSUBISHI L200 T1 22 11:16:14 2:54:33
32 Mario LUCAS Francisco LUIS P P MITSUBISHI MONT. CURTO 3.2 T2 5 14:19:00 5:57:19

2009 DAKAR PARTICIPATION WITH FOUR DIESEL-TURBO RACING LANCERS

13.02.15

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and its motor sport unit, the Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team, in association with its partners Repsol, Valeo and BFGoodrich, has entered four new turbo-diesel 'Racing Lancers' for the 2009 Dakar Rally. The event will start from the Argentine capital Buenos Aires on Saturday, January 3, before striking south to the South Atlantic resort of Puerto Madrine. The route will then head west over the dusty trails up and over the Andes Mountains. Competitors will benefit from a rest day in the historic Chilean Pacific port of Valparaiso on Saturday January 10, with competitive action resuming the following day. The second half of the event will take them north to the Atacama Desert, then back across the Andes and into Argentina again. After a stopover in Argentina's second-biggest city, Cordoba, the rally will end with the official finish in Buenos Aires on Sunday, January 18. The total length of the 2009 Dakar is 9,574km, including 5,652km divided into 14 special stages. The latter range in length from 215km to 666km, with four tests that exceed 500km. Competitors also face altitudes of more than 3,000 meters as they cross the Andes Mountains. The Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team is poised to kick off its first full season using turbocharged diesel power with a four-car entry on the 2009 Dakar. The team's bid will be spearheaded by its latest cross-country rally car, the new Racing Lancer. The four-car driver line-up is the same as that which has represented the team on this annual cross-country rally since 2005, namely Luc Alphand / Gilles Picard (France), Hiroshi Masuoka / Pascal Maimon (Japan / France), Stephane Peterhansel / Jean Paul Cottret (France), and Joan 'Nani' Roma / Lucas Cruz (Spain). The 31st Dakar Rally will see the event switch to fresh territory in South America where Mitsubishi's foursome will be looking to secure not only the firm's first-ever victory with a diesel powered car, but also the company's 13th success on this event, - including a run of seven successive wins since 2001. Dominique SERIEYES (Team Director): "We have a long unbeaten run on the Dakar to defend and we go to South America with the objective of winning. For the first time, we will be fielding four brand new cars and we have done all we can to ensure that nothing has been left to chance. The Racing Lancer won its maiden event 'out of the box' against a strong entry on October's Baja Portalegre 500 in Portugal. That was obviously encouraging, but the 2009 Dakar will be a very different sort of challenge. "That said, we will have one of the most experienced crew line-ups and that could prove invaluable on such a long event where a group attitude and an overall team strategy are vital. Our four drivers are as quick, committed and determined as ever. They are also fit and strong physically, and I'm convinced that will play an important role because I can see this year's Dakar being very tough indeed." Osamu NAKAYAMA (Team Principal and MMSP President): "We go to South America with every intention of claiming our eighth straight Dakar win. Mitsubishi hasn't been defeated on this unique event since 2001 and everyone in the team is extremely keen to continue that unbeaten record. We all want to get the competition career of the new Racing Lancer off to the most successful start possible, too. "The Dakar will be Mitsubishi's first major motor sport event using diesel power, so it is clearly a very important milestone for us. I know I will be able to count on a particularly strong and experienced line-up of drivers and co-drivers, as well as on the untiring efforts of the teams at Mitsubishi Motors and MMSP who have produced the most competitive package to try to win the Dakar for a record 13th time." Luc ALPHAND: "Despite the switch to South America, I am sure we will find all the classic ingredients that have forged the Dakar's reputation over the years. I am convinced the 2009 event will be a tough challenge in sporting terms, but also a real human adventure. "The new Mitsubishi Racing Lancer will be a big asset for us. We spent much of 2008 working on producing a nicely balanced package. Reliability was another priority and I think there is a great deal more to come from this car, but it already responds well. The diesel engine is very strong, too, and its chassis is extremely efficient. Its longer wheelbase should make it even more comfortable to drive on the faster portions. "We will try to be as consistent as possible. The pace promises to be extremely quick from start to finish and the route includes some very long stages which will call for total concentration. The stages are also likely to be tough physically. The terrain and the conditions will be very different from what we are accustomed to in Africa, but nobody should underestimate the difficulty we face. Hiroshi MASUOKA: ''The Racing Lancer's 3-liter turbo-diesel V6 was developed at Mitsubishi Motors' Okazaki research center in Japan, and I was involved as development driver from an early stage. This engine has plenty of torque and the way it accelerates is amazing. At the same time, it is remarkably fuel-efficient. We can therefore carry less fuel and that, in turn, means less weight. "The move from Africa to South America obviously marks a big change and the atmosphere promises to be very different from that of Dakars of the past. We will be competing with a new car on unfamiliar territory but I feel I can challenge for victory. I will try to profit as much as possible from the experience I have built up of the event since my first entry in 1987. If we succeed in not making any mistakes and steering clear of trouble, a top result will follow as a matter of course…" Stephane PETERHANSEL: "I am curious to see what Argentina and Chile hold in store for us. I've visited both countries before - in 2005, for the Por Las Pampas Rally. That was very long event and quite difficult, but it was good training because it means we have an approximate idea of what to expect on this year's Dakar. "I was given the honour of driving the new Racing Lancer on its debut on Portugal's Baja Portalegre 500 which we won. That result was both reassuring and highly encouraging. We also covered a great deal of ground testing the Racing Lancer in 2008 without suffering any serious technical problems, so we seem to have the reliability. The new diesel engine is more powerful and delivers more torque, too, of course, and we have also made excellent progress with the new chassis and suspension. In this domain, I have to say that the Racing Lancer is one of the best packages I have ever had the privilege to drive during my time with Mitsubishi. It is very comfortable and particularly efficient over bumpy terrain and jumps." Joan 'Nani' ROMA: "The 2009 Dakar is sure to be an extremely close and exciting event. Lucas and I face strong opposition, and that includes our own team-mates. That said, I have always felt a strong sense of team spirit at Mitsubishi. All four of us will be targeting victory, but we also know that we are above all there to win for Mitsubishi, and that calls for a selfless group approach. The team deserves nothing less, especially given the incredible job everyone has put to develop the new Racing Lancer in Japan and France. I believe our car will be both reliable and competitive. "Although I've already won the Dakar as a biker, I'm the only member of the team who has yet to win it on four wheels, so that's something I would like to put right this time round! I think physical fitness will play a key role, especially since there are several very long stages of 500km and 600km in length which follow on from each other in quick succession, not to mention the heat, the sand and the altitude. But the team has always placed a great deal of emphasis on training.

THE NEW MITSUBISHI RACING LANCER
 
The motor sport department of Mitsubishi Motors and MMSP both contributed to the development of the Racing Lancer which complies with the Group T1 regulations of the FIA (motor sport's international governing body: Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) introduced in 2002. The firm's latest cross-country rally car, which has been designed to take onboard the new super production regulations when they come into force in 2010, has benefited extensively from the experience acquired with the Pajero/Montero Evolution. The development of the turbo-diesel engine began in April 2006 before it was grafted into a Pajero/Montero Evolution for testing purposes in June 2007. Development of the body started in August 2007 and the first Racing Lancer was completed in June 2008. This car was put through its paces during one-week test sessions in Spain and Morocco, as well as over typical cross-country rally terrain in France. Based on the data collected during these tests, further sessions were organized in Morocco at the end of August/early September plus another two weeks in October prior to the Racing Lancer's debut on the sixth round of the FIA Cross-Country Baja International Cup, the Baja Portalegre (October 30-November 2). The Racing Lancer is based on a new multi-tubular steel frame. The team has taken particular care to minimize weight, while the additional space freed up by the longer wheelbase - a decision based on the regulations due to come into force in 2010 - has enabled the gas tank to be positioned lower in the car and has consequently brought down the centre of gravity. Handling has also been improved thanks to the new location of the spare tires which ensures enhanced control of the moment of inertia. Mitsubishi Motors' design department was responsible for the body styling which uses carbon panels based on the design of the Lancer Sportback. The design was finalized after validation of the new car's aerodynamic performance in a wind tunnel. The powerful 3-liter V6 diesel engine features a two-stage turbocharger which positions a small and large turbine configuration on each side of engine, working with both the small and large turbine according to engine speed and load. Peak torque is 66.3kgfm (650Nm), while maximum power currently stands at 280PS (206kW), although this figure is expected to increase as development work continues. The cooling system of the intercooler is positioned at the rear of the car and is fed by the characteristic roof-mounted air scoop. The V6 engine is fed through a manual Ricardo five-speed sequential gearbox engineered to cope with the high torque delivered by the powerplant. The Racing Lancer's permanent four-wheel drive transmission features the same self-locking differential as that used for the Pajero/Montero Evolution. Both the front and rear suspension systems feature extensively revised geometry and are both based on a double wishbone layout with coil springs, anti-roll bars and uprated BOS dampers which can be adjusted through a broader range. The car runs on BFGoodrich's new low-energy cross-country rally tires and OZ aluminum alloy wheels. The vented 16-inch brake discs are coupled with six-piston Brembo calipers.
 
 SPECIFICATIONS: RACING LANCER
OVERALL LENGTH 4475mm
OVERALL WIDTH 1990mm
WHEEL BASE 2900mm
FRONT TRACK 1750mm
REAR TRACK 1750mm
OVERALL WEIGHT 1900kg
ENGINE Turbo-diesel V6, 24 valves with dry-sump lubrication
FUEL SYSTEM Common-rail high pressure injection
DISPLACEMENT 2997cc
MAXIMUM OUTPUT 206kw (280 PS), 650Nm (66.3 kgfm)
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 460L
TRANSMISSION Five -speed ‘Ricardo’-type sequential shift manual gearbox
4WD SYSTEM Permanent mechanical center diff lock
FRONT DIFF ‘Ricardo’ self-locking
REAR DIFF ‘Ricardo’ self-locking
SUSPENSION - FRONT Independent, double wishbones, coil spring
SUSPENSION - REAR Independent, double wishbones, coil spring and anti-roll bar system
DAMPERS Fully-adjustable BOS dampers
STEERING Power-assisted rack & pinion
WHEEL STROKE 250 mm front and rear
BRAKES 'BREMBO' Front and rear Ventilated discs with 6-piston calipers
WHEELS 'OZ' aluminum
TYRES BF Goodrich
OTHER Aeronautic steel multi-tubular frame, honeycomb body floor and carbon fiber body
   
TEAM SUPPORT CAR: PAJERO/MONTERO SPORT Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart will have 15 support vehicles on the event, namely seven trucks, five Pajero/Monteros, one Outlander and two Pajero/Montero Sport. The 2009 Dakar marks the Pajero/Montero Sport's debut on this event. The model is powered by a 3.2 litre diesel engine featuring common-rail direct injection. Both cars have also been equipped with additional safety equipment, including a roll cage, as well as OMP bucket seats, BOS dampers, BFGoodrich tires, a spare 120-litre fuel tank and various guards to provide extra protection in the extreme conditions. The team's fleet in South America also includes the similarly-prepared Outlander which had been scheduled to serve as support vehicle on the 2008 Dakar. The Outlander features 'green plastic' for the inner door panel trimming and driver's seat upholstery. The mission of the support vehicles is to provide technical back-up for the competing cars and to carry spares, tools and equipment. MITSUBISHI DISTRIBUTOR AND RALLIART SUPPORTED SATELLITE TEAM MMC Automotores do Brasil Ltda. backed 07 Dakar winning Pajero/Montero Evolution MPR13 will be driven by Guilherme SPINELLI/ Mardelo VIVOLO, Ralliart Italy supported T-2 based Pajero/Montero will participate with Massimo BIASION/Rudy BRIANI and Team Ralliart Thailand will once again contest the Dakar Rally and Mana PORNSIRICHERD/Thierry LACAMBRE will drive Pajero/Montero Sport.

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