Mitsubishi's Fornaris Resigns

Mitsubishi Motorsport have announced that technical and managing director Mario Fornaris has resigned

Mitsubishi's Fornaris Resigns

Fornaris will hand over responsibility for all technical matters at the end of June, following his surprise decision. The Italian will remain in charge for the Acropolis Rally.

Head of Mitsubishi Motors Motor Sports Isao Torii will assume the role of team principal and managing director.

On-event engineering and responsibility for technical matters will be taken over by Spain's  Roger Estrada, who has been with the team since 2000. The further development of the Lancer WRC05 will be undertaken by designer Olivier Jansonnie.

Fornaris was not specific on his reasons for his surprise resignation but said: "I am sad to leave but I must be consistent with all my ideas in the long term. It was a tough and enjoyable challenge to create a new engineering team and a new car and make it competitive in two and a half years."

Fornaris joined Mitsubishi in January 2003 and has been behind the Japanese firm's rise to the top of the sport. The team finished scored a podium this season in Monte Carlo with Gilles Panizzi, and Italian Gigi Galli briefly led last weekend's Rally of Turkey.

Torii said: "This is Mario's personal decision and we have to respect it. The current success of the Lancer WRC05 is largely due to his engineering experience and expertise."

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