Lancer WRC05

Following confirmation from MMSP, the company which runs the Mitsubishi Lancer World Rally Cars, that both the FIA Asia Pacific champion Jussi Valimaki and the Swedish driver Daniel Carlsson will drive these cars on the Neste Oil Rally Finland, came confirmation that a third such car will also take part.

Confirmed in Finland is that the driver will be Juho Hanninen, the privateer who won Group N in both the Swedish and the Sardinian rallies this year. Finland has always been happy hunting ground for Mitsubishi in rallying. In 1989 the company won their first world rally in Europe on this event, from 1996 till 1999 they scored four straight victories with Tommi Makinen on this event.

Encouraged by good results with the car when being run on a private basis, MMSP's Operations Director John Easton has confirmed that the company is seeking ways in which they can progress with the development of the car.

This work came to a halt when the team withdrew from the World Championship at the end of 2005. Easton: "Development is coupled with homologation, and this is coupled with active participation of the company in the WRC."

-from FIA WRC

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