Mitsubishi Repsol Team Takes Crushing Win
in UAE Desert Challenge



To advertise
with Next Car,
contact us
by e-mail
from here.

Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team driver 
Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver 
Jean-Paul Cottret clinched their 
third UAE Desert Challenge 
victory in four years
Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team driver Stéphane Peterhansel
and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret clinched their third
UAE Desert Challenge victory in four years

ON 30/12/05
OF 2005

You'll see it
after midday

17th November, 2005

  • Spaniard Joan Roma recovers from illness to complete final pre-Dakar test
  • Weather conditions: hot, dry and sunny - 29-34 C

Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team driver Stéphane Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret clinched their third UAE Desert Challenge victory in four years, when they crushed the opposition in the final round of this year’s FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup, which finished on Sunday.

The French duo were using the six-day event across some of the remotest terrain in the Middle East as a final shakedown test before the Dakar Rally. They won each of the seven selective specials and the Prologue in a totally dominant performance and reached the finish at the Dubai International Marine Club, a staggering 3h 02m 29s ahead of the second-placed Spaniard José-Luis Monterde and his Italian co-driver Tiziano Siviero.

"Before the start I did not think about problems," said Peterhansel. "If I was destined to have a problem then there was nothing I could do about it. There was no pressure on me today. I had three things to fulfil when I came here; I wanted to win the race, improve the car and carry out some good training in the dunes. I am happy that we managed to do all three and am looking forward to the Dakar with confidence."

The first of today’s two stages started and finished at Khatam, 75 kms from Moreeb, and offered several fast open sections with few tall dunes. After a road liaison of a little over 100 kms, the seventh and final selective section ran for 184.7 kms and offered several tricky navigational tests and numerous sand spits.

Team mate Joan ’Nani’ Roma had restarted day four in 22nd place, after missing two days with food poisoning. He had climbed four places to 18th at the start of the final morning and completed the final two stages in second places. The Spaniard was a mere 2m 16s behind his winning team mate in the sixth stage and 5m 50s in the final timed test.

"It was only a three-day race for me," said Roma. "But I feel that I have a better line now through the dunes. It was good experience for me. To miss two days was really disappointing, but I am positive and enjoyed the stages. One was very fast, the other was a nice track with some small dunes."

"We started the year with a victory in Dakar and now we have finished the season with another win," said MMSP’s Team Director Dominique Serieys. "Nothing is ever easy, but this result proves we did a great job. Now we have to wait until January 15th to see if we can win the Dakar again. I think the team is ready. We have won the last four rallies here in Dubai and won 14 of the last 16 events with the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution.

"It is never easy here in Dubai. The temperatures are often very high and the dunes are very difficult to cross. ’Nani’ missed two days, but he learned a lot over the last two days. Our other two teams have arrived in Dubai and we will continue our test over the next two days with Luc, Gilles, Hiroshi and Pascal. I think this proves that we are determined to win. We have won five races this year and are looking forward to the next Dakar."

"It was one of the most succesful motorsport weekends for Mitsubishi Motor Sports for many years," added MMSP’s President Isao Torii. "The second place on the WRC rally in Australia this weekend, the win here in Dubai and the good performances of our teams is the proof that motorsport is one of our key pillars in the corporate identity. We are confident for the future."

Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team

Other news:

DaimlerChrsyler Selling Mitsubishi Shares
14th November, 2005
DaimlerChrysler AG has agreed to sell its remaining equity interest in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) ..... more

UK Requires 5% Renewable Fuel By 2010
13th November, 2005
The UK's Transport Secretary has announced new measures to make transport fuels 'greener' by requiring 5% of all fuel sold on UK forecourts to come from a renewable source by 2010 ..... more

UK Crackdown On The Uninsured
11th November, 2005
In the UK, tough new enforcement action to crackdown on uninsured drivers has been unveiled. From yesterday, police forces across the UK can use automatic number plate recognition cameras to spot and ultimately seize and destroy cars being driven without insurance ..... more

Mitsubishi Upgrades Outlander & Pajero
11th November, 2005
Two of Mitsubishi’s popular models – Outlander and Pajero – have received upgrades to enhance their popularity ..... more

Mitsubishi 380 ‘On Track’
7th November, 2005
Mitsubishi’s all-new 380 sedan is ‘on track’ after its release at Sydney's Motor Show. Although it was only a couple of weeks since the car’s release 2,186 cars have been wholesaled in that time ..... more

Industry Gears up for End of Year Sales Push
6th November, 2005
Australian motor vehicle sales dropped slightly in October, interrupting a run of record monthly results that have pushed the market to new heights this year ..... more

Mitsubishi 380 Most Secure Local Car
3rd November, 2005
Mitsubishi’s all-new large car, the 380, has been announced as the most secure locally manufactured car by NRMA Insurance in its 2005 Car Theft Ratings just released ..... more

Scottish Sports Car Of The Year
24th October, 2005
The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers has voted the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX as Sports Car of the Year 2005 ..... more

Mitsubishi's Completely New Look for Motor Show
14th October, 2005
Mitsubishi Motors’ stand has a completely new look for this year’s 2005 Australian International Motor Show, and it is not only due to the newly released and exciting Mitsubishi 380 ..... more

Mitsubishi Grandis Gets Luxury Treatment
12th October, 2005
Mitsubishi’s Grandis people-mover has had a luxury make-over as part of a model upgrade, and now offers even better value for money in its new guise ..... more

Mitsubishi Announce 380 Pricing
10th October, 2005
MMAL has announced the pricing for its new 380 range, and to compliment the stylish 380’s extensive range of features and industry leading 5/10 warranty, Mitsubishi is adding another industry first to the 380 range – the provision of 5 years' roadside assistance as standard with all 380 models ..... more

Mitsubishi's All-New '380' Sedan Launched
29th September, 2005
Mitsubishi’s sporty and powerful, all-new large sedan – the front-wheel drive Mitsubishi 380 – has been launched ..... more

Mitsubishi Repsol Team Completes Test
22nd September, 2005
The Mitsubishi Motors Repsol Team has returned from a gruelling two-week test anddevelopment session in Morocco with new MPR12 versions of the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution ..... more

Mitsubishi Maven For Indonesian
19th September, 2005
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced that it launched the Maven, a new multi-purpose vehicle, last week in Indonesia ..... more

Sale of Lonsdale
15th September, 2005
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited yesterday confirmed that it has reached an agreement for the sale of the land and building of its former Lonsdale engine plant ..... more

Mitsubishi Releases Lancer Evolution Wagon
8th September, 2005
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) yesterday announced that the Lancer Evolution Wagon would go on sale at dealerships throughout Japan ..... more

New CEO for Mitsubishi Motors
8th September, 2005
Tom Phillips, President & CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Australia yesterday announced that he would be leaving the company on 31st October 2005 ..... more

Mitsubishi Releases New Triton in Thailand
30th August, 2005
Mitsubishi has announced the release on the Thailand market of the new Triton truck. Replacing the current Strada after a full redesign, the new Triton is assembled at the Mitsubishi facility in Laem Chabang, Thailand ..... more

Receive an automotive news summary periodically and more by e-mail,
SUBSCRIBE to our free newsletter here.
Simply send a blank e-mail to lodge your subscription.

Click the logo for our home page

E-mail Next Car Pty Ltd

Next Car Pty Ltd   (ABN 47106248033)
Copyright © 2005. All rights reserved.