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BFGoodrich :International Cup for Cross-Country Bajas Baja Portalegre 500

Mitsubishi Racing Lancer/BFGoodrich to make its official debut

After celebrating the final competitive outing of the Pajero Evo with a win on last month's PAX Rally, Mitsubishi will be making its first appearance with the new Racing Lancer on the Baja Portalegre, round six of the 2008 International Baja Cup. The newcomer will be driven by Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel.

The 22nd Baja Portalegre 500 will start in Portalegre, in central Portugal, on Friday October 31, and the programme features four stages of between 100km and 240km in length (with the exception of SS1 which is a super-special) before the finish on Sunday November 2. The Mitsubishi team has chosen to contest this event to finalise its preparations for the 2009 Dakar following a long test session in Morocco in October.

"It rained heavily in the Erfoud region where we were testing, and the tracks were damp," reports BFGoodrich Rally-Raid Technician Dominique Bravy who was in Morocco. "The four Mitsubishi drivers took turns at the wheel of the Racing Lancer which ran on the new All-Terrain tyre. Despite the conditions, the tests were very positive."

The Baja Portalegre regulations permit drivers to use two types of tyre, and Stéphane Peterhansel will be able to choose between the new All-Terrain and the Rock T/A. "His choice will be dictated by the weather: if the stages are dry, he will probably favour the All-Terrain. If the conditions are wet, however, he could opt for the Rock T/A, a product with which he is very familiar."

These two events provide BMW, Mitsubishi and BFGoodrich with a final chance to prepare for January's Dakar which takes place in Argentina and Chile. The BFGoodrich teams will nominate their tyre choices for the event early in November and these products will be trucked to the French port of Le Havre at the end of the month for onward shipment to South America.

October 2008