MITSUBISHI MOTORS

LUCAS S.CRUZ
Joan Nani Roma
DRIVER
Joan "Nani" Roma
Hiroshi Masuoka
DRIVER
Hiroshi Masuoka
Pascal Maimon
CO-DRIVER
Pascal Maimon
Stephane Peterhansel
DRIVER
Stephane Peterhansel
Jean Paul Cottret
CO-DRIVER
Jean Paul Cottret
Luc Alphand
DRIVER
Luc Alphand
Gilles Picard
CO-DRIVER
Gilles Picard
CO-DRIVER
LUCAS S.CRUZ
■Birthplace: Spain ■Birth: December, 1974
Lucas S. Cruz was born in Barcelona in December 1974 and now resides at Ripollet in Catalunya. Multi-lingual, Lucas is a professional computer engineer, who first entered the world of rallying in 1994 when he tackled the tarmac Catalunya Championship with Miguel A. Fernandez in a Peugeot 205 Rally for two seasons.

He had to wait a further seven years to record his first victory in the Spanish Rally Championship, when he and Txus Jaio won the Rally Ciudad de Murcia in a Ford Focus WRC running as part of the Carlos Sainz Junior Team.

His first international success came the same year, when he and former Ralliart driver Jose-Luis Monterde won the Rookie category and were classified as the first Amateur crew in the 2001 Dakar Rally in a Nissan Patrol GR. By this time Lucas had gained experience assisting Luis Climent in the Skoda factory team tackling the FIA World Rally Championship.

Lucas and Txus clinched the Spanish Gravel Championship in 2002 and 2003 in a Ford Focus WRC and he also tackled the Dakar Rally with Monterde and the Baja Spain with Santiago Lopez. Lucas became an official co-driver for Honda Spain with Luis Climent and also tackled the Baja Spain again with Climent in a Mitsubishi Pajero*.

In 2004, he tackled the Spanish tarmac series with Salvador Canellas in a factory Honda Type-R and his home gravel series with Txus Jaio in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Lucas also partnered Climent in the Baja Spain and Rally of Tunisia.

The following season he and Carlos Sole won the Spanish TT series in a BMW X5 and Lucas worked as a co-ordinator for the BMW Motor Cadi Team, in addition to tackling the Spanish tarmac series with the Mitsubishi-RACC team, the gravel series with Fiat and the Rally of Mexico with Xavier Pons.

In 2006, Lucas tackled the Dakar Rally as a co-driver for a T4 support truck with the Volkswagen team and signed with the Nissan team to partner the experienced Marc Blasquez in the Spanish TT Championship and the FIA International Cup for Bajas. The pair won the Italian Baja, the opening round of the FIA series. He then attended the second MMSP test session in Morocco and signed a contract with Mitsubishi to partner Nani Roma in the 2007 Dakar Rally.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1994
Tackled the Catalunya Championship with Miguel Fernandez
1997
Co-driver in the Catalunya Championship with Joan Franquet
1998
Co-driver in the Catalunya Championship with Miguel Fernandez
1998-
1999
Official co-driver in Carlos Sainz Junior Team in Spanish Gravel and Tarmac Championships with Oscar Fuertes
2000
Gravel crew for Luis Climent in the Skoda factory team tackling the FIA World Rally Championship
Co-driver in the Spanish Gravel Championship with Toni Forner in a Group N Seat Ibiza
Co-driver in the Baja Spain and Egypt Rally with Jose-Luis Monterde
2001
Overall victory in the Rally Ciudad de Murcia in a Ford Focus WRC
1st Rookie and 1st Amateur with Jose-Luis Monterde in Dakar Rally
Co-driver in the Carlos Sainz Junior Team with Txus Jaio
2002
Winner of the Spanish Gravel Championship with Txus Jaio in a Ford Focus
Co-driver for Jose-Luis Monterde in the Dakar Rally
Co-driver in the Baja Spain with Santiago Lopez
2003
Winner of the Spanish Gravel Championship with Txus Jaio
Co-driver in Spanish Tarmac Championship with Luis Climent
Co-driver for Luis Climent in the Baja Spain with a Mitsubishi Pajero*
2004
Co-driver in Spanish Tarmac Championship with Salvador Canellas
Co-driver for Txus Jaio in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII in the Spanish Gravel Championship
Co-driver for Luis Climent in the Baja Spain and Rally of Tunisia in a Toyota
2005
Winning co-driver in the Spanish Tout Terrain Championship with Carlos Sole
Co-driver for Mitsubishi-RACC in the Spanish Tarmac Championship with Samuel Lemes in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII MR
Co-driver in the Spanish Gravel Championship with Albert Llobera
Co-driver for Xavier Pons in the WRC Rally of Mexico
2006
Co-driver t in the Lisbon-Dakar Rally with Josep Pujol
Co-driver in the Spanish TT series and FIA Baja Cup with Marc Blasquez
1st co-driver in the Spanish Gravel Championship with Albert Llobera
Attended the Morocco test for MMSP in September and joined the Team Repsol Mitsubishi Ralliart team to partner Nani Roma in the 2007 Dakar Rally
2007
13th, Dakar
2nd, Rally Transiberico
2nd, Baja Espana
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