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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vitesse Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Champion of African Rally 2008 H.Miyoshi/ H. Ichino

A Vitesse Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, Champion of African Rally 2008, driven by HideakiMiyoshi/ Hakaru Ichino. 1:43 scale.
*News from the net:
Hideaki Miyoshi, co-driven by Hakaru Ichino of Japan won
                        the 2008 Zimbabwe Challenge at the weekend, taking a
                        firm step towards claiming the champion’s title of this
                        year’s FIA African Rally Championship 2008. Miyoshi and
                        co-driver Hakaru Ichino steered their Mitsubishi Evo 9
                        to victory after a fast-paced and gruelling rally that
                        saw only 10 of the original 17 starters finish the
                        three-day event.
                        Fourth overall but second in the ARC was Muna Singh and
                        David Sihoka from Zambia in their Subaru Impreza. The
                        event was a major disappointment for Zimbabweans Jamie
                        Whyte and Phil Archenoul, who were leading the drivers’
                        and co-drivers’ points in the Africa Rally Championship
                        this year after a string of victories in other
                        countries. They went out of the rally after a crash
                        early on day two when their Mitsubishi Lancer skidded
                        off the road in a forest and the car was stuck between
                        trees – losing not only the chance to claim the
                        prestigious Zimbabwe Challenge titles but also their
                        lead of the African Rally Championship, now headed by
                        the Japanese.
                        Zimbabweans took the other two podium places – Craig
                        Green and Mike Exton second in their Mitsubishi Evo 4
                        and Richard Robinson and Colin Schreiber third in their
                        Mitsubishi Evo 8. Both Zimbabweans are not registered to
                        score ARC points.
                        For the ARC Miyoshi needs to finish third in the Zambia
                        International Rally and will be home and dry. Two time
                        African Champion Muna Singh is placed second on 24
                        points with Jamie Whyte patched on third overall
                        position with 23 points. The ARC is still open and fight
                        will go to Zambia.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III, 1000 Lakes Rally 1996 T.Makinen/ S. Harjanne by De Agostini/ Ixo

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo III, 1000 Lakes Rally 1996, driven by T. Makinen/ S. Harjanne, 1:43 scale, by De agostini (Ixo).