Mitsubishi checks progress

Mitsubishi wants to take a close look at the competitiveness of the Lancer WRC04 on asphalt in this weekend's Rally Deutschland - the last WRC event the manufacturer will contest this season as it embarks on a sabbatical period to develop the car in readiness for 2005

Mitsubishi checks progress

"It will be interesting for us to go to Germany because it gives us the opportunity to assess our level on Tarmac", commented the team's technical director Mario Fornaris. "Since Monte Carlo we have progressed and we know the car is better, but it's important to have a benchmark against our rivals."

Gilles Panizzi will, as usual, drive one of the Lancers while it is the turn of Spaniard Dani Sola to take the wheel of the other car, which he has been sharing this season with Gigi Galli and Kristian Sohlberg. Sola has taken class wins on the event in the Junior World Rally Championship and the Production World Rally Championship.

"For Gilles, it will be good to be able to see the result of all his test work and confirmation of whether we are moving in the right direction on this surface," continued Fornaris.

"It will also be interesting to see how Dani performs as Germany has been very successful for him in the past and I think he is someone we can rely on for some good information. Hopefully we will get some satisfaction from everyone's hard work."

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