Private Mitsubishis on first three rounds of 2007 WRC MMSP Ltd, the company which until 2005 ran the official Mitsubishi team in the FIA World Rally Championship, announced today that it will be running at least two cars on the first three ...
Private Mitsubishis on first three rounds of 2007 WRC
MMSP Ltd, the company which until 2005 ran the official Mitsubishi team in the FIA World Rally Championship, announced today that it will be running at least two cars on the first three rounds of the 2007 WRC season.
It will provide Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 World Rally Cars on a private-entry basis for Finn Toni Gardemeister and Spaniard Xevi Pons for Rally Automobile Monte Carlo, Uddeholm Swedish Rally and Rally Norway. In addition, it will also run Juho Hanninen in Norway and is currently in negotiations to provide at least one car for Vodafone Rally de Portugal, the fifth round of the WRC.
Entries had already been lodged for the first three events and these were taken over by Gardemeister and Pons personally. MMSP Ltd is now also in negotiation with several potential drivers to provide cars to contest later events in the 2007 WRC.
MMSP Ltd Operations Director John Easton, said: "I'm delighted that we have been able to agree terms with both Toni and Xevi for these events and I'm also pleased to be welcoming Juho back into one of ours cars.
"We have continued to develop the Lancer WRC05 even though Mitsubishi has been absent from the WRC as an official manufacturer since 2005. I think that Sweden last year, where the car achieved third and fourth with Daniel Carlsson and Gigi Galli, demonstrated that it still performs.
"Both Toni and Xevi have tested the car and are impressed with it in the 2005 specification. However, we also hope to introduce a new evolution of the car in March, pending approval by the FIA. I am confident that it will be a further step forward in terms of performance and hope that we will be able to extend our activities further into the season."
Rally Automobile Monte Carlo begins on the evening of Thursday 18 January with two night-time stages, followed by two days of action in the area around the rally base at Valence. It culminates with a short superspecial stage in the principality, using part of the famous Formula One circuit before the traditional finish ceremony at the Palace.