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MML Sports Limited - News from events and new part sales information
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 00:00

Emphatic win for de Jong in MML Sports Lancer in Holland

Dutch driver Bob de Jong enjoyed an emphatic win on this weekend's GTC Rally in Holland at the wheel of his MML Sports-prepared Mitsubishi Lancer WRC.

Based in the south of the country, the event comprised 16 stages, 15 of which were eventually run with one cancelled on the second day.

De Jong stamped his authority on the event from the outset - he was fastest on all but one of the eight stages that formed the first day, to head into the overnight halt with an advantage of 3m11sec.

Come Saturday morning, he continued where he left off, claiming a further four stage wins from the seven stages run on the day. By the time he and co-driver Kees Hagman reached the finish ramp, they had a winning margin of 4m56.1s - a huge difference, considering the competition that included another World Rally Car, a Ford Fiesta R5 and several Porsche 997 GT3s.

Commenting, MML Sports Managing Director John Easton said; "This was a superb performance from Bob. He completely dominated the event, showing how competitive he and the car are against other WRCars and the Fiesta R5, as well as the Porsches that have at least 50% more power than the Lancer.

"Once again, Bob enjoyed a trouble-free run. The only work the team carried out, other than changing wheels and tyres, was to replace the brake pads at the end of leg service, as the asphalt stages put a lot of strain on the brakes. But other than that, it was a textbook fuel-and-tyres win for him."

Published in 2014 News
Thursday, 03 July 2014 00:00

Yet more success for MML Sports drivers

There was more to celebrate for MML Sports, the UK-based motorsport preparation company, this weekend, with another win and a top five finish in the results book for drivers of cars prepared and run by the company. Jaspreth 'Jassi' Chatthe was in action again, this time in the Kenyan Rally Championship and took another event win while Cyrille Feraud took fifth in only his second event at the wheel of his new-for-2014 Mitsubishi Lancer WRC.

Hot off the back of the win in Tanzania in the FIA African Rally Championship, Jassi and Team Kibos were in an optimistic mood as they approached the KCB Mbenki Rally in Nanyuki. The event featured three short stages on Friday with the bulk of the mileage on Saturday, including the Kisima stage, close to Chatthe's home region.

It transpired to be a rally of attrition, with many drivers suffering either mechanical issues or crashing. However, Chatthe and co-driver David Sihoka avoided the pitfalls suffered by many to reach the finish ramp as winners, with a margin of almost six minutes over second place.

In France, Feraud was competing in only his second event in the Lancer WRC on the Rally Terre de Langres, having crashed the car heavily on his debut. This, combined with the appalling weather conditions that saw torrential rain and extremely slippery stages, meant that he was ready to adopt a careful and conservative approach to the event.

The first two stages went well - fourth and third-fastest respectively but on the third timed test, he witnessed first-hand how bad the conditions were, sliding into a straw bale used to mark the course and immediately losing his confidence and concentration. The time loss demoted him to ninth overall but he soon began a fight back, as he regained his confidence and gained a better understanding of how to drive the Lancer WRC.

His times gradually improved and despite a stall later in in the second day, he climbed back up to fifth overall by the time the crews reached the finish, in only his second rally and first finish in the Lancer.

Commenting, MML Sports Managing Director John Easton said; "I'm really pleased that Jassi took another win, his first and the first for the team this year in the Kenyan Championship. This weekend was another example of combining speed and care to bring the car home on an event where damage and retirements were present throughout the field.

"As a result, Jassi and the team now lead both the Kenyan and the African Rally Championships, which is a fantastic achievement at this stage.

"I'm also very pleased with Cyrille's performance in France. His first outing was a bit of a nightmare, with a heavy impact into a tree meaning a huge amount of work to get the car repaired for this event. However, he adapted what I think was the perfect approach - a small push to begin with then backing-off to make sure he got through the worst of the conditions.

"He learned a huge amount about the car this weekend and while he hit a straw bale and lost confidence for a while, the car was only superficially damaged and he carried on to get not only a really good result, considering the number of world rally cars in the event but also, a useful amount of experience and confidence."

Published in 2014 News
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