Mitsubishi Motors and Ralliart has launched the highly prized Mitsubishi Trophy, a scheme created to contribute to the future of young drivers competing with Lancer Evolution and Carisma GT rally cars in the 2002 FIA Production Car World Rally Championship.
The Mitsubishi Trophy has not only been established to contribute to the training and support of young drivers aspiring to a career in the world series, but also to help further develop the future of the FIA World Rally Championship.
The 2002 Production Car World Rally Championship - formerly known as the Group N World Cup - is contested over eight rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship, drivers nominating six events in which to score their maximum points. Of the 27 registered entrants this season, no fewer than 22 are competing with Lancer Evolutions and Carisma GTs, the car that has proved to be the class of the field in a category that limits performance modifications. Since 1995, Mitsubishi drivers have also claimed the Group N Championship title, underlining the outstanding performance and reliability of the Lancer Evolution production car.
In line with the FIA World Rally Championship, points for the Mitsubishi Trophy will be awarded in the same way, with the victor taking 10 points for a win, and the remaining crews taking six points for second position, four for third, three for fourth, two for fifth and one point for sixth place. Similarly, any entrant not registered for the Mitsubishi Trophy will not block points for the registered crews.
The winner of the 2002 Mitsubishi Trophy will receive a prize fund of 5,000,000 yen (approximately 43,000 Euro), with the second and third placed drivers collecting 3,000,000 yen and 2,000,000 yen respectively.