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Mitsubishi appeals against Wilks exclusion.

The Mitsubishi Motors UK 'works' Rally Team has confirmed that it has lodged an appeal with the MSA after Guy Wilks was stripped of his win on the International Rally Yorkshire.

Wilks, who had led the penultimate round in the 2008 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship from start-to-finish, recorded the fastest times on all ten of the events stages, eventually taking the victory by 1.5 minutes.

However posted event, the compliance of the steering column in Wilks' car was protested by TEG Sport and following a scrutineer's report and a meeting of the event's stewards, the 27-year-old was booted out, provisionally handing the win to arch championship rival Mark Higgins.

"We were very surprised when the protest was made as we build our cars in accordance with the regulations," said Mitsubishi team principal and Ralliart general manager Paul Brigden.

"We have lodged an appeal and it is now in the hands of the MSA. Therefore we can say or do nothing about the situation until we know the outcome. However, we are confident that our cars comply to the rules."

The decision regarding the compliance of the component in question should be known in the next few weeks.

Gwyndaf Evans meanwhile finished fifth in the sister car, after fighting back following a broken rear driveshaft and resulting turbo problem, which slowed him in the early stages.


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