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14 December 2001

MARLBORO MITSUBISHI RALLIART ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR
THE 2002 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart will enter the 2002 World Rally Championship with Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRCs for François Delecour (France) and Alister McRae (Britain) aiming to win both the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ Championship titles.

The World Rally Championship has seen the European manufacturers take a greater interest in recent years, which has resulted in a more competitive championship. Along with the F1 World Championship, it is the only world championship recognised by the FIA, the international governing body. The season begins with the Monte Carlo Rally in January and consists of 14 rounds in 14 countries, concluding with the Rally of Great Britain in November. The rallies are held on a variety of surfaces, ranging from snow to ice, mud, rocks and asphalt, with the additional challenge of strenuous climatic conditions, with temperatures from minus 20 degrees to 40 degrees Celsius. It is a demanding environment for the drivers and requires high performance and supreme reliability from the production-based cars aiming to win the championship title.

Mitsubishi Motors has been participating in overseas rallies since 1967 and has taken four consecutive drivers’ championship titles, in 1996-1999. In 1998, it took both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship. 2001 saw further success with overall wins at the Monte Carlo, Portugal and Safari Rallies. The 2002 WRC will see the Lancer Evolution WR Car that made its debut at the 11th round Sanremo Rally in October, 2001 spearheading an even more vigorous team effort.

TEAM
Team Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart
Drivers
François DELECOUR (F)
Alister McRAE (GB)
Co-drivers
Daniel GRATALOUP (F)
David SENIOR (GB)
Car Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRC
Chairman Andrew COWAN (GB)
Team Director John EASTON (GB)
Team Manager Derek DAUNCEY (GB)
Chief Engineer Bernard LINDAUER (F)
Sporting & Technical Adviser Lasse LAMPI (FIN)
Business Development Manager Duncan SANDER (GB)
PR Manager Jim BLACKSTOCK (GB)

MARLBORO MITSUBISHI RALLIART DRIVERS PROFILES

François DELECOUR


Born August 30, 1962 in France. Rally debut in 1981.

WRC debut at the 1984 Monte Carlo Rally. Delecour signed a works contract in 1991 with Ford and achieved his first WRC victory at the 1993 Portugal Rally, in a season in which he won two other rounds and gained second in the driversí championship. In 1994 he won the first round at Monte Carlo and was widely tipped to take his first driversí championship, but his hopes were dashed by a road accident mid-season. He signed with Peugeot for 1996 and has excelled on tarmac events, helping to bring Peugeot that year's French Championship. He has since been regarded as a tarmac specialist, but after signing again with Ford for 2001, he showed that he is just as capable on gravel rallies.



Daniel GRATALOUP

Born May 19, 1960 in France. Rally debut in 1978.

He participated in the French Championship in 1989 as Bruno Saby's co-driver in a Lancia Delta, coming second in the championship. From late 1991 he became Delecour's co-driver and came third in the Catalunya Rally on his WRC debut. In 1993 he won three WRC rounds and in 1994 won the Monte Carlo. He partnered Mark Duez briefly in 1995, but again teamed up with Delecour from 1996.


Alister McRAE


Born December 20, 1970 in Britain.

Alister made his WRC debut on the 1991 RAC Rally (now called the Rally of Great Britain) before demonstrating his talent by becoming the 1992 British Group N Rally Champion. He drove a Ford Escort in the 1995 RAC Rally and finished fourth overall, beating the factory Ford team and gaining much publicity. He signed a works contract with Hyundai in 1999, establishing himself as their lead driver in 2001. He is considered to be a talented driver who now has a chance to demonstrate his ability to the full.



David SENIOR

Born March 31, 1964 in Britain.

Rally debut in 1980 as co-driver. He was chosen as a member of the British Junior Rally Team in 1986 and co-drove for Simon Stubbings, the Group N British Champion. He has been co-driving for Alister McRae since 1988 and has competed both in the British Championship and the WRC. He joined the Hyundai works team in 1999 and has participated in the F2 World Championship as well as the WRC.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRC
Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart
2001 Rd.11 Rallye Sanremo

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION WRC SPECIFICATION
OVERALL LENGTH 4,360 mm ENGINE 4G63
4 Cylinders, 16-Valve
DOHC- Intercooled Twin Scroll Turbocharger (Post Combustion Control System)
OVERALL WIDTH 1,770 mm
WHEEL BASE 2,600 mm
FRONT TRACK 1,550 mm
REAR TRACK 1,550 mm FUEL SYSTEM ECI Multi-injection
CLUTCH Carbon Triple Plates
TRANSMISSION 6 Speed INVECS type Shift DISPLACEMENT 1997 cc
FRONT DIFF Active Control Locking System MAXIMUM OUTPUT 220 Kw (300 ps) / 5500 rpm
REAR DIFF Active control Locking System MAXIMUM TORQUE 540 N/m (55 kg-m) / 3500 rpm
SUSPENSION FRONT: Independent - MacPherson strut with coil spring BRAKES FRONT: Ventilated discs with 8-pot calipers
REAR: Independent - MacPherson strut with coil spring REAR: Ventilated discs with 4-pot calipers
DAMPERS Ohlins with adjustable system TYRES Michelin
STEERING Power assisted rack & pinion WHEELS ENKEI

2001 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Rd Event Result Driver
1 Rallye Monte Carlo 1st T. Makinen
6th F. Loix
1st Gr.N O. Gillet
2 Swedish Rally Retired T. Makinen
13th F. Loix
2nd T. Radstrom
1st Gr.N S.O. Walfridson
3 Rallye de Portugal 1st T. Makinen
Retired F. Loix
1st Gr.N P. Dias da Silva
4 Rallye Catalunya 3rd T. Makinen
4th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Pozzo
5 Rally Argentina 4th T. Makinen
6th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Pozzo
6 Cyprus Rally Retired T. Makinen
5th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Trelles
7 Acropolis Rally 4th T. Makinen
9th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Pozzo
8 Safari Rally 1st T. Makinen
5th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Pozzo
9 Rally Finland Retired T. Makinen
10th F. Loix
Retired T. Gardemeister
1st Gr.N M. Ligato
10 Rally New Zealand 8th T. Makinen
11th F. Loix
15th T. Gardemeister
1st Gr.N M. Stohl
11 Rallye Sanremo Retired T. Makinen
12th F. Loix
1st Gr.N A. Fiorio
12 Tour de Corse Retired T. Makinen
12th F. Loix
1st Gr.N G. Trelles
13 Rally Australia 6th T. Makinen
11th F. Loix
1st Gr.N E. Ordynski
14 Rally Great Britain Retired T. Makinen
Retired F. Loix

2002 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Rd
Event
Dates
1
Rallye Monte Carlo 17 - 20 January
2
Swedish Rally 31 January - 3 February
3
Tour de Corse 8 - 10 March
4
Rallye Catalunya 22 - 24 March
5
Cyprus Rally 19 - 21 April
6 Rally Argentina 16 - 19 May
7 Acropolis Rally 13 - 16 June
8 Safari Rally 18 - 21 July
9 Rally Finland 8 - 11 August
10 Deutschland Rally 22 - 25 August
11 Rallye Sanremo 19 - 22 September
12 Rally New Zealand 3 - 6 October
13 Rally Australia 31 October - 3 November
14 Rally Great Britain 14 - 17 November

2001 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR MANUFACTURERS
1
Peugeot 106
2
Ford 86
3
Mitsubishi 69
4
Subaru 66
5
Skoda 17
6 Hyundai 17


2001 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP FOR DRIVERS
1
R. Burns (Subaru) 44
2
C. McRae (Ford) 42
3
T. Makinen (Mitsubishi) 41
4
M. Gronholm (Peugeot) 36
5
H. Rovanpera (Peugeot) 36
6 C. Sainz (Ford) 33
7 D. Auriol (Peugeot) 23
8 G. Panizzi (Peugeot) 22
9 F. Delecour (Ford) 15
10 P. Solberg (Subaru) 11
11 J. Puras (Citroen) 10
12 A. Shwarz (Skoda) 9
13 F. Loix (Mitsubishi) 9
14 T. Radstrom (Mitsubishi) 6
14 S. Loeb (Citroen)
6

CLASSIFICATION OF CARS HOMOLOGATED FOR THE WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
1 - Group A.
A)

Homologated cars based on a production model of which 2500 cars are built over a continuous span of 12 months. While there are no restrictions on the type of suspension, modification are allowed on changing the basic shape of the car, the position of turbocharger, intercooler and aerodynamic parts. Engine parts including the flywheel are not replaceable.

B)

Homologated cars based on a production model of which 25,000 cars are built in twelve consecutive months with the intention of participating in the World Rally Championship of which 20 cars must be built, known as a World Rally Car. Modifications to four-wheel drive, addition of turbocharging with intercoolers and aerodynamic parts are allowed. Modifications such as changes in the intake and exhaust manifolds, cooling improvements and new air ducts, as well as alterations to the floorpan are allowed.


2 - Group N.

Homologated cars based on a production model of which 2500 cars are built over a continuous span of 12 months. This category is for lightly modified cars with changes mainly for safety. The basic performance and reliability of the production model is paramount. The Lancer Evolution is almost invincible, attaining 28 consecutive WRC wins and regarded as the strongest Group N car. For 2002, the Group N class will change its name to the Production Car Class and the championship will be called the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship.


3 - Super 1600

The new category established in 2001 to nurture younger drivers, competing with two-wheel drive, naturally aspirated 1600cc cars. Outwardly larger wheel arches are allowed, as well as other specified changes, but the vehicle performance is not generally as high as the production cars. In 2002 the championship will be called the FIA Junior World Rally Championship.

 

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