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2009-05-29 17:37:26

PWRC#5 Rally d'Italia Sardegna

Armindo Araujo placed 3rd at PWRC Round -5 at WRC Round-6 "Rally d'Italia Sardegna"


PWRC Round -5 "Rally d'Italia Sardegna" was held during 22nd to 24th May ,2009 at Sardegna Island, Mediterranean Sea located west south of Rome, Italy and Armindo Araujo (Ralliart Italy) who aims to get PWRC championship with Lancer Evolution placed 3rd and got a precious 6 points.

The rally had a very tough gravel stages. Armindo Araujo chased to the top group from the beginning stages and once placed 1st of PWRC at SS8 in Day-2 showing very good driving. However, at the succeeding SS9 he suffered a rear suspension trouble and then he was obliged to keep a patient driving ,but finally he placed 3rd and got a precious 6 points.

The next round is Acropolis Rally during 12th to 14th June, 2009.


PWRC Final Result through Day 1 to Day 3
Pos. No Driver Car. time

1 150 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza 4:20.39.4

2 146 Patrik Sandell Skoda FabiaS2000 +1.5

3 147 Armindo Araujo Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +3:44.1

4 145 Patrik Flodin Subaru Impreza +6:35.5

5 149 Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +13:58.5

6 137 Frederic Sauvan Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +26:35.1

7 134 Gianluca Linari Subaru Impreza +27:31.3

8 138 Gabor Mayer Subaru Impreza +27:31.9


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2009-05-08 11:05:57

WRC#5 Rally Argentina

Rally de Argentina

Country:Argentina

Date:24-22/04/2009

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2009-05-02 01:05:39

PWRC#4 Rally Argentina

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has placed the 2nd of the Rally Argentina as the best of Evolutions of the rally!

The performance of Evolution X has been improving


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Argentinean Marcos Ligato (Tango Rally team) drove the Lancer Evolution X and got 2nd place of the

tough Rally Argentina.

During 23rd to 26th of April,2009 ,PWRC Round-4 "Rally Argentina " was held around the town of

Villa Carlos Paz, south of the Cordoba province. Argentine.

The 2nd at the rally is best result for Lancer Evolution X. in this season. It's shows Lancer Evolution X

has been improving its performance and the generation change has been accelerating.

Eyvind Brynildsen(Norway, Team Ralliart New Zealand) got 4 points as 5th in this rally with

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 and kept his series position ( 4th.).

After Rally Argentina, Armind Araujo (Lancer Evolution9,Team Ralliart Italy) is leading the 2009 PWRC.


PWRC Final Result through Day 1 to Day 3
Pos. No Driver Car. time

1 150 Nasser Al-Attiyah Subaru Impreza 4:20:51.9

2 160 Marcos Ligato Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +2:12.9

3 133 Toshihiro Arai Subaru Impreza +6:36.0

4 144 Spyros Pavlides Subaru Impreza +24:18.5

5 149 Eyvind Brynildsen Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +31:58.0

6 138 Gabor Mayer Subaru Impreza +40:04.4


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2009-04-08 22:58:28

PWRC#3 Rally Portugal

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution achieved 1-2-3 finish which dominated the podium!
Winner Armindo Araujo has upgraded the top ranking of Production Car World Rally Championship.

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Portuguese Armindo Araujo(Team Ralliart Italy) has won in triumph and has become the point leader at a bound.

During 2nd to 5th of April,2009 ,PWRC Round-3 “Rally de Portugal” was held at Faro in southern Portugal and Portuguese Armindo Araujo(Team Ralliart Italy) has cleverly driven Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution on 9 during the difficult rally on narrow and dust-covered road with high speed. As the result, he has achieved the first win of PWRC which pushed him the top-ranking of PWRC at a bound.

Meanwhile, Martin Prokop (Czech) has placed at 2nd with Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 as well as Armind Araujo’s and Eyvind Brynildsen(Norway Team Ralliart New Zealand) has placed at 3rd with Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 which has dominated the podium. From this rally, ”Pirelli Star Driver” series which is the bring-up program for young drivers promoted by the tire manufacturer Pirelli and FIA has started. Under this program,5 units of Lancer Evolution 10 were vitally driven by young drivers together with strong drivers who participated from all over the world and their drive has impressed the high speed performance.

PWRC Final Result through Day 1 to Day 3
Pos. No Driver Car. time
1 147 A. ARAÚJO Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 15:31.6
2 131 M. PROKOP Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +1:07.1
3 149 E. BRYNILDSEN Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution +1:13.1
4 150 N. AL ATTIYAH Subaru Impreza N14 +10:37.6
5 62 J. WILLIAMS Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX +17:19.2
6 65 M. TAPPER Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX +25:49.6
7 134 G. LINARI Subaru Impreza Sti +28:07.7
8 148 G. SINGH GILL Subaru Impreza N14 +30:53.7
9 64 M. SEMERAD Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX +45:01.1
10 63 J. NIKARA Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX +51:55.1

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2009-04-08 22:51:37

WRC#4 Rally Portugal

Rally de Portugal
Country:Portugal
Date:02-05/04/2009


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2009-03-19 22:35:25

WRC#3 CYPRUS RALLY

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION SETS CYPRUS RALLY PACE ON TOUGH PRODUCTION ROUND

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ARMINDO ARAUJO / MIGUEL RAMALHO

March 12-15
CYPRUS RALLY

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was, once again, the quickest of the conventional Group N rally cars on the Cyprus Rally, which ended in Limassol this afternoon. Armindo Araujo (Portugal) dominated the latest round of the Production Car World Rally Championship, but just missed out on the lead after rival Patrik Sandell (Sweden) passed him in his Super 2000 Skoda on the event’s penultimate test.

Araujo led the event from the first stage in an incredible drive of domination on the mixture of asphalt and gravel roads in the Troodos Mountains. Despite having to deal with the first mixed surface round of the World Rally Championship and the notoriously fickle weather conditions in the mountains in spring, Araujo delivered his Lancer Evolution home second in the Production Car World Rally Championship standings.

Running on gravel-specification tires on the opening day’s six stages forced the fastest rally drivers in the world to compromise their style, but Araujo coped best of all. He was fastest on all but one of the Friday stages, racing in to a half-minute lead. He then underlined his ability by continuing that strong drive as the event turned to the rough dirt roads on Saturday, where he maintained his lead for the duration of the second day.

"It’s been an incredible rally," said Araujo at the finish. "The fight has been so tough all of the time. We came to this event after a very good test on the asphalt in Italy. I was very happy with the way the car was set up and we were able to drive quickly to open the lead on Friday."

Araujo admitted heavy overnight rain on Friday had caused him a few problems on Saturday morning, but nothing he and the Mitsubishi couldn’t deal with.

"The weather made the morning stages really slippery," he said. "I don’t think we had the perfect set up for these roads, but at service we made some changes and the car was perfect again. The mud was incredible, though. All of the time, the grip on the road was changing so much. On one corner, everything was nice and then in the next, it was deep mud. It was hard work."

Four Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions finished in the top 10 of the Group N cars on what was, once again, one of the toughest rounds of the World Rally Championship.

Andis Neiksans (Latvia) collected useful points by bringing his Mitsubishi home in fifth place after a largely trouble-free event. Neiksans concurred with Araujo’s feelings about how tough the event had been, adding: "Even today, the stages were so long and really bumpy. It’s been a very tough event, but the Mitsubishi has made it."

In the overall event, Sebastien Loeb (France) collected his 50th World Rally Championship win in is Citroen, with Ford’s Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) second and Citroen privateer Petter Solberg (Norway) third.

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2009-03-19 22:29:00

WRC#2 RALLY NORWAY

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS DOMINATE IN THE SNOW ON RALLY NORWAY

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EYVIND BRYNILDSEN / DENIS GIRAUDET

February 12-15
RALLY NORWAY

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions filled 7 of the top 10 Group N positions on the opening round of the Production Car World Rally Championship, Rally Norway, which finished in Hamar this afternoon.

Local hero, Eyvind Brynildsen (Norway) was the fastest of the Lancer Evolution drivers and fastest of the showroom-type Group N cars. Brynildsen, classified second in the PWRC, lost his chance of winning the category outright when he went off the road avoiding another driver on the opening day of the rally.

Brynildsen and former world champion co-driver Denis Giraudet (France) were just getting into their rhythm when they were forced to take avoiding action in the fifth stage. A competitor ahead of them had gone off into a snowbank and, when Brynildsen’s Mitsubishi arrived on the scene, the road was full of marshals and spectators trying to get the other car back on the road.

The stewards of the event allowed Brynildsen to re-start the next day with notional times, leaving him second in Group N. The Norwegian was philosophical at the finish, saying: "It’s been a tough rally, the problem on the first day didn’t help me. It was disappointing. But, we’re here and we have some very good points on the board from the first event. As much as I wanted to win this rally, I knew I had to take points for the Production championship and that’s what I’ve done. It’s a good start to the season."

One of the highlights of Brynildsen’s event came on the final day, when his Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution recorded the second highest speed of any of the competing cars down a long stage in the Elverum test. Petter Solberg was fastest at 208km/h, with Eyvind second quickest, with an impressive speed of 202km/h.

The one thing Brynildsen and all of the other competitors agreed on unanimously was the conditions which Rally Norway ran in. Temperatures running as low as minus 30 Celsius combined with heavy snowfalls in the weeks leading up to the rally made for the perfect winter rally with a solid ice and snow base on the road surrounded by two and three-meter-high snowbanks.

Martin Prokop (Czech Republic) admitted he had enjoyed himself, bringing his Lancer Evolution home third. Prokop said: "We don’t have snow rallies like this at home, so to come here has been fantastic fun for me. I was a little bit steady at the start, not pushing too much, but then I wanted to fight with Armindo [Araujo, Portugal], so we pushed harder and got past him. The car has been very good here, no problems at all."

Coming from Portugal, Araujo was another stranger to the wintry weather. He still managed, however, to bring his Mitsubishi home six minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Andis Neiksans (Latvia), Frederic Sauvan (France), Bernt Kollevold (Norway) and Martin Semerad (Czech Republic) were the remaining Lancer Evolution drivers who crowded into the top 10.

At the top of the leaderboard, Sebastien Loeb (France) won the event after a tight fight with Mikko Hirvonen (Finland). Finishing in third place was Hirvonen’s Ford team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala.

The next round of the Production Car World Rally Championship is the Cyprus Rally (March 12-15).

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2009-03-19 22:19:15

WRC#1 RALLY IRELAND

MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION DRIVERS START THE WRC SEASON WITH ANOTHER DOMINANT DISPLAY

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution driver Shaun Gallagher (Ireland) collected a convincing win in the Group N category of Rally Ireland, which ended in Sligo Sunday’s afternoon. His fellow Lancer drivers were also on fine form to lock-out the podium, taking another one-two-three finish for the all-conquering Lancer Evolution, despite the awful weather conditions.
Running as the opening round of the 2009 World Rally Championship, in place of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, the crews had been expecting harsh conditions on the notoriously wild west coast of Ireland. And the weather certainly delivered. The opening two days of the event were battered by rain storms so severe they forced the event organizers to cancel the final two stages of the opening day.
Like the event it replaced for this year, Rally Ireland straddles two countries - Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland - with equal amounts of competitive action in both. The rally’s headquarters are in Sligo, in the Republic, but the ceremonial start is in Enniskillen in the North.
No matter which side of the border the competition was, however, the rain remained torrential. Making the best of the atrocious conditions was Alan Ring (Ireland). The Lancer driver pushed his car as hard as he dared along the treacherous Irish lanes to ease his way 30 seconds clear at the front of the Group N field by the end of the opening day. Gallagher kept him honest through the early part of day two and, when Ring slipped off the road in SS11, the first run through Tempo, Gallagher seized his opportunity to further close the gap. Two stages later and Gallagher was ahead. He remained there until the end of the event.
Running under the World Rally Team Ireland banner, Gallagher admitted his victory was a proud moment.
"Winning Group N here means a great deal," he said. "It’s been such a tough event, I can’t remember conditions like that for a long time. It was like being in a swimming pool some of the time! But the car was great, it ran really well despite all of the water. It was a tough fight as well, you know Alan [Ring] was quick on the first couple of days."
The third and final day of Rally Ireland came as a complete contrast the Friday and Saturday, with sunshine and near-freezing temperatures arriving in time for a final blast up and down the beautiful scenery of the Atlantic coast.
Another local driver, Gary Jennings (Ireland) was second in Group N, with Paul Elliot (Ireland), Rory Byrne (Ireland) and Derrick Jobb (United Kingdom) bringing their cars home third, fourth and sixth respectively.
At the front of the field, defending world champion Sebastien Loeb (France) won the event for the second time in succession, leading home his fellow Citroen driver Dani Sordo (Spain). Mikko Hirvonen (Finland) was the first non-C4 WRC driver home as he guided his Ford to third place.
The next event is Rally Norway (February 12-15), which is the opening round of the Production Car World Rally Championship.

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