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NETWORK Q RAC RALLY
Wednesday, November 22, 1995
Communique 5

MITSUBISHI TAKES YET ANOTHER GROUP N VICTORY ON RAC RALLY

Mitsubishi confirmed its dominance of World Championship Group N rallying - the class for near-standard cars - when Portuguese Worlld Cup winner Rui Madeira won the Network Q RAC Rally in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III today, Wednesday November 22 in Chester.

Not only did Madeira - winner of four out of eight rounds in the FIA World Championship in Group N this year - take victory in the category on the RAC Rally by a massive 6m 17s, he also finished an incredible seventh overall. His result is all the more creditable considering this was Rui's first visit to the RAC Rally which is widely regarded as a specialised event requiring a great deal of experience to complete successfully.

Ploughing through heavy rain and mud in Wales, and surviving the rocky stages in the north of England's massive Kielder forest complex, Madeira and his co-driver Nuno R Silva never missed a beat as their superbly reliable Ralliart Germany Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III carried them forward to victory without faltering.

Said Madeira: " My Lancer was perfect throughout the four days. I had no problems at all and I am very pleased to have scored such a high overall result in a standard car. The stages here in Britain are very nice, perhaps the best in the whole World Rally Championship. My Lancer has been fantastic and the team has been brilliant and given me everything I needed. This Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III is definitely the best available in Group N."

Ralliart Germany Team Manager Ingolf Reiss added: "Rui has been a fantastic driver here on the RAC Rally. He drives with his head as well as having good speed. You can see know why his is the Group N World Cup winner, and how Mitsubishi won the FIA World Rally Championship in Group N. He has had terrific pressure from local drivers who know these stages so well, and he has never been here before, so it is incredibly good that he has won Group N in Britain."

Madeira was content to drive cautiously through the final stages in Wales on the fourth leg to reach his destination in Chester safely, covering the last seven stages totalling 103 km easily, despite the fact that they were still slippery in places after recent heavy rain in the area.

His team mates, 1995 Ladies World Champions Isolde Holderied and Tina Thorner, also completed the 2327 km RAC Rally successfully in the second Ralliart Germany Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III, finishing fourth in Group N and 14th overall.

Isolde commented: "I had a very fine rally with absolutely no problems at all. It was very foggy and mun places, but I drove carefully and my car was once again totally reliable."

Japanese driver Yoshihiro Kataoka, co-driven by S Hayashi, took third place in Group N and 11th overall in another Mitsubishi Lancer. 94 of the original 178 starters completed all 511 km of stages to finish the event in Chester.

With the season over, the reigning World Group N Rally Champion can now relax and celebrate a year of fantastic success with Mitsubishi and contemplate his future. For Mitsubishi, the result confirmed that the Lancer Evolution III is by far the best car in Group N rallying adding another victory having already won the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers in Group N.

OVERALL POSITIONS after SPECIAL STAGE 28

Pos. Comp. DRIVER/CO-DRIVER CAR G/C Gr Pos. Cl Pos. Time
1 4 C. McRAE/D. RINGER SUBARU A/8 1 1 5:09:19
2 5 C. SAINZ/L. MOYA SUBARU A/8 2 2 +0:36
3 6 R. BURNS/R. REID SUBARU A/8 3 3 +6:39
4 44 A. McRAE/C. WOOD FORD A/8 4 4 +11:15
5 8 B. THIRY/S. PREVOT FORD A/8 5 5 +11:52
6 18 G. EVANS/H. DAVIES FORD A/7 6 1 +32:48
7 12 R. MADEIRA/N.R. SILVA MITSUBISHI N/4 1 1 +34:45
8 17 J. KYTOLEHTO/A. KAPANEN NISSAN A/7 7 2 +36:00
9 36 M. KAMIOKA/K. GORMLEY SUBARU N/4 2 2 +41:02
10 19 A. OREILLE/J. BOYERE RENAULT A/7 8 3 +41:21
11 84 Y. KATAOKA/S. HAYASHI MITSUBISHI N/4 3 3 +41:51
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14 26 I. HOLDERIED/T. THORNER MITSUBISHI N/4 4 4 +48:07


NETWORK Q RAC RALLY
Tuesday, November 21, 1995
Communique 4

MITSUBISHI SET FOR GROUP N VICTORY ON RAC RALLY

Once again Mitsubishi is dominating Group N - the class for standard cars - in the FIA World Rally Championship with Portuguese World Champion Rui Madeira leading the category comfortably in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III after Leg Three of the Network Q RAC Rally which finished in Chester today, Tuesday, November 21.

Madeira enjoyed another problem-free day in his reliable Lancer, despite heavy rain and fog on the opening stages of the leg in the Welsh mountains which made the tracks hazardous. Driving on his first ever RAC Rally in the atrocious weather, he commented: "Wales is beautiful. As the stages dried out later in the day I really enjoyed the good track conditions here and I was able to set a fastest time at the end of the day."

By the end of the leg Madeira's lead in Group N was 5m 08s and he held an amazing eighth overall.

At the head of the field, Colin McRae stormed into the lead overall on the final stage of the leg in his Subaru ahead of team mate Carlos Sainz with Richard Burns in third.

Unfortunately, Team Petronas Mitsubishi Ralliart driver Kenneth Eriksson fell foul of the slippery conditions when his Lancer plunged off the road and into a stream on stage 18 after sliding wide on a right-hand hairpin bend while in third place overall. He explained: "We slid wide about three kilometres into the stage and it was impossible to drive the car back out of the deep gully where there was a stream. I am disappointed for myself and for the team, but that's rallying."

Team Director Andrew Cowan added: "I am just so very sorry for Kenneth. He has had such a fantastic record for us for not crashing out of events. In fact, I can't remember the last time that Kenneth went out of a rally this way. He is such a reliable and good finisher who doesn't make mistakes. However, we can't complain - Kenneth has done us proud and this is just very bad luck."

Eriksson, his team mate Tommi Makinen and the team will now prepare for the final round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in Thailand, which starts on December 2, where Mitsubishi hopes to add the Manufacturers' Cup to Kenneth's Drivers' title which he won on the fifth round, the Hong Kong - Beijing Rally last month.

Meanwhile, Madeira and the remaining competitors face the final day of the RAC Rally in Wales tomorrow with another seven stages, starting out from Chester at 05:00 to tackle 64 km of stages in a route covering 257 km. The survivors are expected back in Chester for the finish of the event at around 15:00.

OVERALL POSITIONS after SPECIAL STAGE 21

Pos. Comp. DRIVER/CO-DRIVER CAR G/C Gr Pos. Cl Pos. Time
1 4 C. McRAE/D. RINGER SUBARU A/8 1 1 4:09:40
2 5 C. SAINZ/L. MOYA SUBARU A/8 2 2 +0:17
3 6 R. BURNS/R. REID SUBARU A/8 3 3 +5:05
4 8 B. THIRY/S. PREVOT FORD A/8 4 4 +6:06
5 44 A. McRAE/C. WOOD FORD A/8 5 5 +8:59
6 33 A. NAVARRA/R. CASAZZA TOYOTA A/8 6 6 +24:58
7 18 G. EVANS/H. DAVIES FORD A/7 7 1 +26:14
8 12 R. MADEIRA/N.R. SILVA MITSUBISHI N/4 1 1 +26:59
9 17 J. KYTOLEHTO/A. KAPANEN NISSAN A/7 8 2 +28:21
10 36 M. KAMIOKA/K. GORMLEY SUBARU N/4 2 2 +32:07
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14 84 Y. KATAOKA/S. HAYASHI MITSUBISHI N/4 4 4 +34:41

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