The Mitsubishi Motors UK works Rally Team heads to this weekend's Todds Lead Ulster International Rally, round four of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, with a two-car team comprising Guy Wilks/David Moynihan and Gwyndaf...
The Mitsubishi Motors UK works Rally Team heads to this weekend's Todds Lead Ulster International Rally, round four of the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, with a two-car team comprising Guy Wilks/David Moynihan and Gwyndaf Evans/Paul Nagle.
Following a difficult few weeks since the Rally Isle of Man in July - and the subsequent change of line up after Phillip Morrow and his co-driver Daniel Barritt were released from their contracts - the Mitsubishi team are heading toUlster hoping that recent issues can be put aside and a good weekend's sport will prevail.
No one was more disappointed to see the team part company with Morrow than Ralliart General Manager and Team Principal Paul Brigden, who now has the job of re-focussing the Mitsubishi squad on its primary goal:
"The most important task for us this year is to retain its British Team's title for Mitsubishi Motors and, to do this, we now need to finish first and third on average for the rest of the season. However, rallying is a sport rather than a science - as we have seen recently - so nothing is guaranteed, but I believe we have a good possibility of achieving our target."
Having driven for the team in 2007, Gwyndaf Evans has been invited back for the remainder of the season and the experienced Welshman is looking forward to the task ahead:
"It is always a privilege to drive for a manufacturer, so I was delighted to be asked. I realise that I have a job to do for the team and I will give it my best shot, especially as the Ulster Rally is one of my favourite events. However, having not driven competitively since the end of last year and, with a new co-driver next to me, it's going to be no easy task, but I've never been one to shy away from a challenge.
With a first and a second place under his belt from the first three rounds, 2007 British Champion Wilks currently lies fourth in the driver's standings and will be out to get the defence of his title back on track on the Ulster asphalt, as he explains:
"I'm looking forward to being back in the Mitsubishi and getting on with the job that needs to be done this weekend. Last year on this event I only had the chance to of a few good stages, so there's a score to settle here. I have to admit that I'm aiming for nothing less than a win, which can only be good for the team and my title hopes."
Wilks' regular co-driver Phil Pugh is still out of action due to a recurring back problem, which means that Irishman David Moynihan continues alongside the Brit. Evans will also be partnered by an Irishman on this event, the highly-experienced Paul Nagle accompanying the Welshman for the first time.
The rally, which is based in Armagh, starts on Friday evening and features six timed special stages before the overnight halt, followed by a further ten on Saturday, the total of which provides a competitive distance 134 miles.
The team's two Lancer Evolution IXs are built by Chesterfield-based ADR Motorsport, who also provide the on-event technical support. The team is sponsored by Lovell Group and Virgin Money, together with its technical partners: HKS, Sparco, Speedline Corse, PIAA, Ricardo, and Performance Friction Brakes.