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FIA ASIA-PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
ROUND 7: CHINA RALLY
11 NOVEMBER 2007
LEG 2
MITSUBISHI FILLS PODIUM IN CHINA FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION

DAVID HIGGINS / LEUAN THOMAS
CELEBRATE VICTORY
 

DAVID HIGGINS / LEUAN THOMAS
 
Mitsubishi won two rallies in one at China Rally, by winning the China Rally Championship (CRC) category and winning the final round of the International Rally Challenge (IRC). Mitsubishi also featured on the Asia Pacific Rally Championship podium with Brian Green (New Zealand) finishing in 2nd position.

China Rally was held in the city of Longyou, Zhejiang Province on 10-11 November in fine warm weather. Many of the stages are through mountain areas and are extremely tight and twisty making it one of the slowest events in the Asia-Pacific contest. With China Rally being part of three championships there was a huge field of cars with international cars and teams from all parts of the globe.

The event was initially led by Mitsubishi driver Katsu Taguchi (Japan), but on Stage 7 his event came to an abrupt halt after crashing off the road. The road conditions took their toll with over 20 retirements on the first Leg. Eventually after 223 kilometres of very rough stages David Higgins (United Kimgdom) driving a Mitsubishi Lancer came through victorious, winning his 5th straight China Rally Championship event and the IRC category as well.

"The car has been 100% perfect and when I found myself in a good lead we just tried to be careful and manage the gap between our closest rivals in the China Championship and the IRC. Very very difficult stages and even up to the last kilometer of the last stage there was big rocks and things that could catch you out. Today it was hard to concentrate as we weren’t in a big battle, but very happy to be in this position – our 5th straight win in China Championship and great to win a round of the IRC Championship", said Higgins at the final service. Local driver Xu Lang was 2nd in both categories driving a Mitsubishi Evo 9 for the Wu Ming Rally Team.

In the Asia Pacific Rally Championship section Brian Green bought his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 home 2nd in APRC and 7th overall. It was the veteran driver’s third podium of the year and moved him into 4th overall in the Asia-Pacific drivers championship. Prior to the podium Green said, "This event has been a very hard one, a lot of carnage along the way and fortunately we made it through. From the start we decided to drive down the middle of the road, no cuts or running wide as there was just so many things to run in to. This year the roads have been much rougher and it’s tough on the gear and the crew".



 FINAL OVERALL CLASSIFICATION
Pos Driver
Co-Driver
Vehicle Total
Time
Diff
Leader
1
AP
Cody Crocker
Ben Atkinson
Subaru Impreza 3:28:03.3 **:**.*
2
 
David Higgins
Leuan Thomas
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:29:33.1 +1:29.8
3
 
Lang Xu
Yu Huang
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:30:35.2 +2:31.9
4
 
Caodong Liu
Anthony McLoughlin
Subaru Impreza 3:31:21.0 +3:17.7
5
 
Juha Salo
Mika Stenberg
Subaru Impreza 3:33:14.1 +5:10.8
6
 
Martin Rowe
Dale Moscatt
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:34:17.1 +6:13.8
7
AP
Brian Green
Fleur Pedersen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:44:39.4 +16:36.1
8
 
Wei Li
Douglas Pickering
Subaru Impreza 3:45:40.2 +17:36.9
9
 
Qingxian Hua
Jian Zhang
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 3:53:01.3 +24:58.0
10
 
Shinichiro Karakama
Tamotsu Minamino
Honda Civic 4:11:55.5 +43:52.2
11
 
Chunlei Shi
Xin Shen
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:15:46.7 +47:43.4
12
 
Fengze Xie
Tsung Hsieh
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 4:16:37.6 +48:34.3
13
 
Xuming Huang
Xin Guo
Volkswagen Jetta 4:29:52.5 +1:01:49.2


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