Mitsubishi explains Makinen exclusion

Mitsubishi has explained why Tommi Makinen's turbocharger was declared illegal following post-event scrutineering on Telstra Rally Australia - his first win since the opening round of this year's championship

Mitsubishi explains Makinen exclusion

The FIA's technical delegate discovered that the turbo was not identical to that supplied for holmologation at the beginning of the season as it didn't feature the requisite water cooling system.

Mitsubishi's explanation said: "Recently, Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart's turbocharger supplier modified the casting. The complete water cooling system from the production car turbocharger has been removed in this new casting. Within the rally version of the turbocharger the water cooling system was originally blanked off as permitted under the regulations. The turbocharger has not, in any way, been modified to achieve a performance advantage and a genuine mistake has been made without the knowledge of the team."

It continued: "Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart receives the complete engine package including all ancillaries shortly before each World Championship event. The team does not have any direct involvement in the preparation of the engine or its turbocharger."

The team added it will not make an appeal against the decision "in the spirit of competition within the World Championship."

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