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Friday, 27 March 2015 00:00

Two-car assault on Safari Rally for MML Sports

British motorsport and automotive specialists MML Sports will be supporting a two-car assault on next weekend's Safari Rally, the second round of the 2015 Kenyan national Rally Championship. Formerly part of the FIA African Rally Championship, this year the iconic event has chosen to run in just the KnRC and MML Sports will compete with Team Kibos and Jas Manget.

The Team Kibos car, running to R4 specification this year, has already demonstrated its pace and reliability, finishing the opening round of the series second overall and as first African driver. However, the Safari rally will be a tougher challenge all round, since while it is a far cry from the 'old' Safari, it will still feature three days of competition as opposed to the usual two and longer stages than many of the drivers are used to.

MML Sports had confidence in the official Mitsubishi R4 conversion kit it jointly developed for the Japanese manufacturer and this was proved on the Kisumu Rally, with Team Kibos driver Jassi Chatthe putting in a flawless performance.

On that occasion, there was also reason to celebrate for another local driver, Jas Manget. His R4-specification Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX had been a constant source of problems, to the point where he had not finished a single rally during 2014.

Impressed by the performance of the Team Kibos cars, he approached MML Sports and asked it to re-prepare and support his car on the opening round.

The results were immediate and obvious - he finished that rally in fifth place - the first event he had finished in almost two years - and he was delighted with the pace and reliability of the car.

Commenting ahead of the Safari, MML Sports Managing Director John Easton said; "I am really looking forward to the Safari Rally. It is probably the most iconic event in any calendar and while it is nowhere as demanding as the 'old' Safari used to be, it is still a huge challenge.

"This year's event is three days, as opposed to two for most of the Kenyan series and while on paper, one more day may not seem much, on the Safari, it is always a lot of work; for the drivers, the co-drivers and the team.

"Jassi showed the strength and reliability of the R4 car on the first round, as well as the pace and I'm looking forward to seeing more of the same from him and of course, from Jas."

The event takes place over the weekend of 2-4 April.

Published in 2015 News
Thursday, 05 March 2015 00:00

MML Sports develops special edition Lancer for Mitsubishi Brazil

British motorsport and automotive specialist MML Sports has developed and implemented a special edition Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX for the Brazilian importer of the Japanese brand. The South American importer already has a rich motorsport heritage, with two cars recently competing on the Dakar Rally, one in the hands of MD Guilherme Spinelli and it approached MML Sports to develop and implement the hardware for the special edition of the road car.

Dubbed the 'John Easton', after MML Sports' MD of the same name, the conversion, which was launched recently to the massed Brazilian press, brings the engine output up to a modest 340bhp. However, it is applied to cars using Mitsubishi's six-speed SST double-clutch transmission system and as such, modifications were also necessary to the drivetrain and control systems to handle not necessarily the increase in power but more importantly, the gains in torque.

Easton himself travelled to Brazil for the launch and to oversee the conversion of the first 30 cars, with the remaining 60 to be carried out in the first quarter of 2015.

The cars are identified with a carbonfibre plaque on the dashboard and the engine cam cover, individually numbered and bearing Easton's signature, a move he was surprised to discover on arrival in Brazil.

Commenting he said; "I had no idea that Mitsubishi Brazil was planning to call the car the 'John Easton Edition'. As far as I was aware, it would be the MML Sports Edition. I am honoured to have my name added to this conversion, as one of only two people ever to have their name as part of a special edition Mitsubishi. The other was Tommi Makinen, so at least I'm in good company!

"This was a very nice program to be involved in. We could have gone a lot further with the engine output but the brief was to retain the car's driveability and work with the SST transmission, so we settled for a gain in engine output of 65bhp over the standard car.

"We developed a series of modifications to ensure that the SST would cope with this without any issues and the result is the car which was launched recently. I am delighted to be involved in this program, which could potentially be rolled out to any Mitsubishi dealer around the world.

"Although, perhaps, with a different name!"

Published in 2015 News
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

Success breeding success for MML Sports

Hot off the back of an outstanding start to the Kenyan national Rally Championship campaign with Team Kibos, MML Sports enjoyed further success with the potential for more on the Mid Wales Stages at the weekend. Jamie Anderson won the event outright, as he competed as a test for the Malcolm Wilson Stages rally, his first round of the 2015 BTRDA series.

Anderson is no stranger to rallying, having driven a Group N Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9 for several years. However, for 2015, he stepped up to the top class of the BTRDA in his Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 World Rally Car, supported by MML Sports.

Anderson conducted two pre-season tests in the car, which is well documented as a car that is easy to learn to drive quickly. The first of these was at renowned test venue Sweet Lamb and he had another planned for last weekend, as a warm-up for his first event this coming weekend.

However, when he realised that the Mid Wales Stages rally would also take place at Sweet Lamb, he decided to enter the event as a live test, to put competition pressure on the crew, the car and the team.

The first of the four stages was a relatively conservative affair, with Anderson and co-driver Jon Scott setting the third-fastest time. However, they won the remaining three stages that made up the event, against a pair of Subaru Impreza World Rally Cars in the hands of more experienced drivers.

By the end of the event, they had built a winning margin of almost 50 seconds, to claim their maiden win on their debut in the car.

Commenting, MML Sports Managing Director, John Easton, said; "I didn't think for a moment that Jamie would win his first event. He was treating it as a test ahead of this weekend's Malcolm Wilson Rally, the first of his BTRDA campaign but he did a remarkable job.

"He seems to have learned the car very well and handled the step up from Group N to WRCar superbly. I think this weekend was very good preparation for the Malcolm Wilson and having seen him in action, I think that we might see some more excellent performances from him this year."
Published in 2015 News
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