Mitsubishi rings the management changes

Mitsubishi Ralliart team manager Phil Short - the man who oversaw Tommi Makinen's record-setting four consecutive World Rally titles - is to step down at the end of the 2000 season

Mitsubishi rings the management changes

The former British Champion co-driver will be replaced at the Rugby-based squad by the former Toyota Team Europe team manager George Donaldson after November's season-closing Network Q rally of Great Britain.

"It is an entirely personal decision," said the 55-year-old Short. "I decided that 20 years in team management was quite long enough. I would like to spend more time at home in Yorkshire with my wife.

"At the moment I have no particular plans for the future," he added. "I have been involved in rallying all my working life and I hope I will continue to be associated somehow in the years ahead."

Donaldson, who has been out of the limelight since Toyota's official pull-out at the end of 1999, joins Mitsubishi at a time when it finally goes the World Rally Car path after several years of singularly continuing down the Group A route with its Lancer Evos.

"I am euphoric about the chance to work with Mitsubishi," said the 42-year-old Scot. "Its incredible achievement of four drivers' titles in a row is a tough act to follow, but I hope to be able to bring with me some abilities to take it forward."

With two events remaining, Tommi Makinen can still technically make it five titles in a row. But with a 17-point deficit to title-leader Marcus Gronholm and a maximum of only 20 remaining, it will be a tall order for the Finnish ace.

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