The Mitsubishi Motors UK Rally Team has announced, as expected, that Gwyndaf Evans will return to pilot the second car for the forthcoming Todds Leap Ulster Rally, the fourth round in the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship.

The Welshman, who drove for the Mitsubishi team last year, will be reunited with his former team-mate and current works driver Guy Wilks.

Evans replaces 2007 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution Challenge UK Phillip Morrow, who was axed at the end of last month.

"Our goal right from the start of the season has been to retain the British Team's title and to do that our cars need to finish in first and third places on average for the remaining four rounds," explained a spokesperson for the squad.

"If we get to a point where the title cannot be achieved, then we will re-assess our strategy and take a decision on whether we continue with two cars for the rest of the season.

"It has been rumoured in certain quarters recently that budget issues alone led us to temporarily reduce our team from two cars to one, but that's simply not the case. Mitsubishi has been a long and proud supporter of rallying and has maintained its commitment, even when other manufacturers have withdrawn their support. However, motorsport is a results driven industry and we are no more sheltered from that reality than anyone else."

Mitsubishi also confirmed that David Moynihan will co-drive for Wilks on the Ulster Rally - as he did on the Isle of Man, due to the 2007 British Rally champion's regular partner, Phil Pugh, still suffering from a recurring back problem.

As yet, no co-driver has been appointed for Evans.


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