The first win came for Chris van Woensel, at the wheel of the ex-Bob de Jong Lancer WRC. Van Woensel was competing on the Aarova Rallysprint as a test event in his new Lancer.
Van Woensel set the pace from the off, winning the first of the four stages and then, managing his lead for the remaining three tests, despite a highly competitive field of world rally cars. By the end of the rally, he had taken a convincing win on his first event in the Lancer.
A week later, he was again in action on the East Belgian Rally, based in St Vith. Again, he set the early pace and was leading the event overall after the first three stages. However, an electrical issue caused some engine management problems, meaning he retired from the rally.
Over the same weekend, Frenchman Cyrille Feraud was also back in action in his WRC car. He clearly had plenty to prove and he did so in style, winning the Rallye du Pays de Fayence running inland from Cannes on the Riviera. The local won six of the nine stages that made up the event to end with a margin of five seconds, showing how high the level of competition on the series is.
Commenting, MML Sports Managing Director Jon Easton said; "I was delighted to see Chris take a win on in the Lancer WRC World Rally Car. Once again, this demonstrates that the car remains competitive at ten years of age and that it is also an easy car to drive quickly, as we have seen on numerous occasions in the past.
"He showed that his performance there was no fluke on the East Belgium, by leading the event after the first three stages. However, we had an electrical issue and unfortunately he was unable to continue. I am sure that we won't have to wait too much longer to see more wins from him.
"I am also very pleased that Cyrille was able to take a win on his first event back in the car for quite a long time. Again, he was up to speed immediately, taking the win on the first stage and he backed that up with another five wins.
"These were flawless performances from both drivers and I am pleased that the Mitsubishi Lancer WRC remains one of the car to beat at a national level."
Gallery from Belgium events with Chris van Woensel