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Mitsubishi Confirms Driver Line Up

18 March 2005

Mitsubishi Confirms Driver Line Up For Propecia Rally Nz

Mitsubishi has confirmed its line-up of drivers for Propecia Rally New Zealand. Italian Gigi Galli has been awarded the drive ahead of French tarmac ace Gilles Panizzi.

Mitsubishi had quite correctly allowed themselves time in naming their second driver due to Corona Rally Mexico falling less than 5 weeks out from Propecia Rally NZ.

The Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports WRC team scored points with both its nominated Lancer WRC05s in the Corona Rally México, the third round of the 2005 FIA World Rally Championship. Harri Rovanperä and Risto Pietiläinen fought hard to finish fifth and team-mates Gilles and Hervé Panizzi took two points as the seventh placed manufacturer’s finisher. This result means Mitsubishi are the only one of the six manufacturers to achieve a 100% points scoring record over the three WRC rounds held so far this year. Mitsubishi’s third successive double points haul from Monte-Carlo, Sweden and now México means it matches Ford on points in the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers, although Mitsubishi take third place in the standings, based on finishing positions this year.

GIANLUIGI GALLI DRIVER PROFILE
Born: January 13th, 1973
Nationality: Italian
Family: Single
Resides: Livigno (I)

Career Highlights:

1994 Rally debut

1998 6th Production Car World Rally Championship *
(Group N winner Rallye San Remo-Rallye d'Italia)

1999 7th Production Car World Rally Championship *
(Group N winner Rallye San Remo-Rallye d'Italia)

2002 9th FIA Junior World Rally Championship

2004 1st Group N Rally Finland *, 1st Group N (6th overall) Rallye d’Italia-Sardinia *, 7 Rally Catalunya-Rally de España (Mitsubishi Lancer WRC04)

2005 7th WRC Round 2 – Rally Sweden*

* Driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (Group N)

In other Manufacturer news, Skoda has recalled Janne Tuohino for the Rally New Zealand in place of fellow Finn Jani Paasonen.
The second official Fabia will generally be split between the two this season. Skoda is thought to have been unimpressed with Paasonen’s Mexican performance. He destroyed an engine in the shakedown, then crashed on the second stage, rejoining solely because of the “superally” dispensation.

Propecia Rally New Zealand Hair Raising Statistic #6 Propecia Rally NZ could well visit the Manukau City Super Stage for the last time. If motorway construction proceeds on schedule, it could be the last opportunity to witness the Super Stage during the 05 event. Propecia Rally NZ, April 7-10.

For further details visit www.rallynz.org.nz

ENDS

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