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Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00

Double success for MML Sports in Belgium and France

There was plenty to celebrate for MML Sports over the last two weekends, with a pair of wins and a rally lead for drivers at the wheel of Mitsubishi Lancer WRC World Rally Cars.

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
Images courtesy of vila-racing.be

Published in 2015 News
Thursday, 17 September 2015 00:00

MML Sports welcomes new-for-2016 British Rally Championship class structure

British motorsport and automotive specialist MML Sports has welcomed the new class structure for the returning 2016 MSA British Rally Championship, confirmed on the series' new website. The company, which has just won both the 2015 FIA African Rally Championship and the 2015 Kenyan national Rally Championship - the first team ever to do so - is poised to supply base cars, parts and fully-built Group N or R4 Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionX rally cars for next year's season.

The company, which was created from the former works Mitsubishi rally team in 2009, has been operating in various countries and regions since the manufacturer withdrew from the sport at the end of 2005, using its fleet of Mitsubishi Lancer WRC World Rally Cars and the Group N Lancer EvoX it developed.

It was also tasked by Mitsubishi Motor Company to co-develop the successful R4 (as was) conversion kit, designed to ensure that Group N/R4-specification cars were competitive against the initial concept of Super2000 cars.

While cars running to R4 specification (known as VR4) are no longer eligible for FIA European events, they are allowed in Africa, where the two Team Kibos R4 Mitsubishi EvoX cars won the ARC and KnRC series respectively in 2015 with driver Jassi Chatthe.

The class structure for the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship appears to allow both R4 and Group N specification cars to compete, although R4 will be run in the same class as R5, Regional Rally Cars and Super 2000 - called BRC1.

However, while on paper the larger and heavier Mitsubishis are at a disadvantage, they can hold their own, as recently demonstrated on Rally Estonia, the sixth round of the FIA European Rally Championship, where three of the top four finishing cars were Group N Mitsubishis.

And while the BRC1 class will pit R4 cars against R5s and RRCs, the BRC2 category is host to Group N cars over 2000cc, which includes the Group N specification of the Lancer EvolutionX.

MML Sports developed its own GpN version of the EvoX some years ago and also has a supply of base Lancer EvoX RS models at its UK headquarters, bought directly from Mitsubishi in Japan. It has a stock of all the necessary parts to build a car to either Group N or R4 specification and can supply ready-built cars to compete in the 2016 BRC season, in either R4 or GpN specification.

Commenting, MML Sports Managing Director John Easton said; "I think the class structure for next year's British Rally Championship is very well developed. It gives drivers of both R4 and Group N cars somewhere to compete, which will help to keep these invaluable classes alive.

"When R4 was made ineligible for FIA European events, we thought that might have been the end of the category but we have demonstrated in Africa this year that it is both competitive and reliable - two of the key characteristics for any rally group. The fact that both specifications of car can be used in the BRC next year is excellent news.

"I think on some events, the R4 cars will be closer to the R5s and RRCs than on others but certainly, within BRC2, which hopefully will see the age-old rivalry between Mitsubishis and Subarus, then we should see some excellent battles.

"Group N remains a very cost-effective category and I am delighted that it - and the more competitive R4 class - both have a place in next year's British Rally Championship."

Base cars and parts are available from stock from MML Sports while completed cars can be ordered ready for the start of the 2016 season. For more information, go to the company's website online shop HERE
Published in 2015 News
Wednesday, 09 September 2015 00:00

MML Sports and Team Kibos win historic Kenyan title to add to African

  • Strategic eighth in final round clinches title
  • Team Kibos and MML Sports FIA African Rally Champions and Kenyan national Rally Champions
  • First team and driver to win both series in history of sport
  • Jamie Anderson wins first BTRDA rally in UK - Woodpecker Stages


There was plenty to celebrate for MML Sports this weekend, as the UK-based automotive and motorsport specialists helped Team Kibos clinch the 2015 Kenyan national Rally Championship (KnRC) to go with the 2015 FIA African Rally Championship title secured last weekend. In addition, in the UK, Jamie Anderson took his first outright win in the 2015 BTRDA Rally Series, the UK's premier championship at the wheel of his MML Sports-Mitsubishi Lancer WRC.

Approaching the final round of the KnRC, the Nakuru Rally, MML Sports and Team Kibos knew that driver Jassi Chatthe only needed to finish within the top eight positions to clinch the title so this was the aim from the outset.

Like the last few rallies, Chatthe established a pace that meant he would avoid the myriad of problems and failures suffered by other competitors on the exceptionally difficult event. He reached the finish ramp in eighth place, having managed the gap to the closest competitor behind him to more than seven minutes while also setting three fastest stage times on the way.

The result means that MML Sports, Team Kibos and Chatthe add the 2015 Kenyan title to the 2015 FIA African title they won last weekend. In doing so they become the first driver and teams to win both series in the same year in the history of the sport in Africa.

While Chatthe and the team were celebrating in Kenya, there was more to be happy with in the UK. Jamie Anderson took his first win in the BTRDA series, and his second of the year, at the wheel of his Mitsubishi Lancer WRC.

A slow start by Anderson saw him 13th after the first stage but a huge fight-back saw him entering the final stage with a three-second deficit to the leader. However, he went through to take the stage win and with it, overall victory on the six-stage event, the seventh round of the nine-round series.

Commenting after the weekend, MML Sports Managing Director, John Easton, said; "Winning the KnRC this weekend is a perfect way to wrap up the two series in Africa. This was an incredibly difficult rally, as can be seen by the number of cars that didn't make the finish. But Jassi drove the perfect event and remained well in control of his pace and the eighth place that we needed to clinch the title.

"He actually finished the event in fifth place on the road but was given a five-minute penalty at the finish for leaving a punctured wheel at the end of stage 7 instead of putting it back in the car.

"Once again, we just had to fuel and change tyres on the car, indicating that the combination of our car and Jassi's driving is the dominant force in African rallying this season. I am delighted with Jassi's performances throughout the year; he has pushed as hard as he could when necessary and delivered the goods in that situation. He has also been able to adopt a more conservative pace with a title in mind - a very difficult situation to be in for a driver - and excel in those conditions as well.

"The car has been superb, as have the MML Sports technicians who built and run both the cars, in the African and the Kenyan series. There were many doubters at the start of the year, that an R4-specification car would not be able to sustain the punishment these rallies put up but not only did it do that but it also proved to be at the front of the field on outright pace.

"It is still a real shame that this specification of car can't be used in FIA-sanction events in Europe as we have proved that it is both competitive and reliable. But it is clearly a viable option for FIA regional and national series and I look forward to returning to Africa next year with Team Kibos to help defend both titles, as well as progress some of the interest this season has generated.

"I am also very pleased for Jamie to have won his first BTRDA rally outright. He won his first rally this year, a precursor to the BTRDA campaign and he has demonstrated the same principles that Jassi did in Africa - the World Rally Car is both competitive and reliable and as we know, is an easy car to drive fast in national series."

KnRC Nakuru Rally images


Woodpecker Stages images
Published in 2015 News
Thursday, 03 September 2015 00:00

MML Sports and Team Kibos claim African Rally Championship

The Kenyan Team Kibos, using a Mitsubishi EvolutionX R4 rally car developed and run by UK-based MML Sports, has won the Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally and with it, the 2015 FIA African Rally Championship title.

The team has had such a dominant season that driver Jassi Chatthe and co-driver Craig Thorley are uncatchable despite one event in the series remaining.

This weekend's Pearl of Africa Uganda Rally was something of a nemesis for Chatthe, the Kenyan having failed to finish the event in the previous three years. However, building on his confidence in the MML Sports-prepared car and the new-for-2015 pace note system he had developed with Thorley, the pair were on top form in Uganda, leading the event from start to finish.

However, they were assured the 2015 title when their only championship rival (albeit with a numerical chance of taking the title), Zambian Jassy Singh rolled out of the event on the seventh stage.

The result means that they are now uncatchable and will be crowned 2015 FIA African Rally Champions at the end of the season.

The result makes Chatthe the third Kenyan to win the ARC title and the first in more than 30 years.

Commenting at the end of the event, Chatthe said; "Finally the jinx is over. It is a sweet victory winning the event and Africa title at the same time."

MML Sports Managing Director, John Easton, said; "I am delighted to offer my congratulations to Team Kibos, Jassi and of course, Craig, on their achievement. To dominate the season as they have done means they deserve the 2015 African Rally Championship title and I am proud that we were an integral part of that process.

"We knew from last year that the car was both on the pace and reliable, particularly in R4 specification, which many people felt wasn't up to the task. We also worked with Jassi on his driving with former British champion Mark Higgins and helped him develop a better pace note system with Craig and the results were plain to see to all involved.

"The team's dominance and clinching the title with one event still to run might make it seem like an easy prospect but it isn't by any means. These are multi-day events run on very tricky and difficult surfaces, which make it a tough challenge.

"However, we didn't suffer a single mechanical issue during the season and with the exception of Jassi's accident, just fuelled the car and changed tyres during each rally.

"Any FIA Regional Rally Championship is a very serious proposition which makes this win all the more special."

Both Team Kibos and MML Sports have one more target in their sights for this season, which they hope to achieve this coming weekend; it currently leads the Kenyan national Rally Championship and can add that title to the ARC one this weekend should Chatthe finish in the top eight positions, with yet another measured drive.
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