Dominant performance by Mitsubishi in Indonesia
- 11th September 2007, 11:20am
Mitsubishi scored a double victory on the 6th round of the 2007 Asia Pacific Rally Championship with a 1st and 2nd in the Rally of Indonesia based near the city of Makassar on the island Sulawesi. The event is known for its extreme heat and the conditions are usually dry and dusty.
Jussi Valimaki (Finland) was in dominant form from the outset handling the rough conditions to score his second victory of the season. The team found a good setup in pre-rally testing and Valimaki was fastest on all the stages of the first day except one.
"The rally went very very well for us, all the time under control so we are very happy for the team, the mechanics and Mitsubishi. We needed this victory and the setup on this rally suggests that we can continue to do this in the next event in China," said Valimaki at the final time control.
Team-mate Katsuhiko Taguchi (Japan) was shadowing Valimaki for most of the event but settled for 2nd to ensure a 1-2 finish for the Mitsubishi team.
"Very good result for our team, absolutely! I pushed hard on the first day, maximum attack, but today maybe pushing too hard and I missed a lot of corners but still we are 2nd. In China I want one more place higher. I want to win in China!"
It was a dominant weekend for the MRF Mitsubishi team as young driver, Gaurev Gill from India finished 4th, his best finish of the year.
"We had a few problems today with the suspension and a squashed exhaust, but we finished and that what's important and its great result for the team".
The Mitsubishi team is now looking forward to the next and final round of the 2007 Asia Pacific Rally Championship - the Rally of China in November.
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