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Another famous manufacturer looks set for WRC return

Mitsubishi could return to the WRC in 2021 with the Mirage (seen here in Proto spec).

Toyota’s successful return to the World Rally Championship could be the catalyst for a rival Japanese manufacturer to re-enter the WRC in 2021.

German website Rallye has reported that Mitsubishi could rekindle their WRC story with a Mirage World Rally Car.

“One year after returning to the World Rally Championship, Toyota is battling for the Manufacturers’ title and sparking new enthusiasm for the world’s top drifters at home,” Rallye’s Michael Heimrich reported.

He says Mitsubishi’s plans to return to the World Rally Championship are well advanced.

“The company is now part of the Renault-Nissan alliance. Their representatives – including some experienced rally specialists from Mitsubishi’s glorious Dakar times – are expected to be a major contributor to the FIA’s technical working groups.”

Kris Meeke

Meanwhile, British magazine Autosport revealed yesterday that axed Citroen driver Kris Meeke (pictured above) has signed a deal to drive a third Toyota Yaris WRC in 2019.

“Official news of Meeke’s WRC return will follow the announcement of Esapekka Lappi’s move from Toyota to Citroen, which is expected on October 18,” David Evans wrote.

An Autosport source added: “Meeke’s deal is done. We know he is coming to Finland [where Makinen’s Toyota team is based]”.

The story also revealed that Jari-Matti Latvala will re-sign for the Toyota squad, providing a formidable combination for their WRC rivals.

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.


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