Fifth successive victory for Mitsubishi Motors Team in Dakar Rally
DAKAR, Senegal – The Mitsubishi Motors team won the Dakar Rally for a record-breaking 10th time, when Frenchman Stephane Peterhansel and codriver Jean-Paul Cottret steered their Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution to victory at Lac Rose in Senegal.
Mitsubishi’s long experience of off-road racing experience came to the forefront, when the Japanese manufacturer clinched a fifth successive victory in the world’s most difficult off-road rally.
Peterhansel’s team mate Luc Alphand and co-driver Gilles Picard made it an emphatic 1- 2 for the Mitsubishi Motors team by taking the runner-up position in their Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution. In the 27-year history of the world’s most famous off-road rally no manufacturer of cars, bikes and trucks can match the Japanese company’s winning record.
The event began in Barcelona on New Year’s Eve and took place over 15 timed special stages in five countries. Mitsubishi won five timed sections, with Peterhansel winning four and Alphand taking the fastest time through the Tidjikja to Atar section.