The company formed from what was the works Mitsubishi rally team, MML Sports Ltd, was voted runner-up in last week's Rugby Chamber of Commerce New Business of the Year Awards.
MML Sports Ltd was one of twelve companies to be nominated for the New Business of the Year award by the local Chamber of Commerce. Of those 12, it was also one of the five that were shortlisted for the final, presented at a gala dinner last week.
Furthermore while it was not voted as the New Business of the Year, managing director John Easton was not disappointed.
“I have to say, we were surprised to be there at all,” said Easton. “For twelve companies to be nominated and five shortlisted, to be runner-up was a fantastic achievement, I feel, particularly as the company has only actually been in business for five and a half months.”
The order book for MML Sports justifies its inclusion in the running for the award. It has recently been commissioned to build three Group N Mitsubishi Lancer EvoXs in Indonesia for the Asia Pacific Rally Championship and the Indonesian Rally Championship and currently has a team of technicians on site, working with the local technicians building the cars and preparing them for their competition debuts.
“The build of the three cars had already begun when they contacted us,” explained Easton, “but we have been able to integrate the vast majority of our parts to ensure that the cars will run to MML Sports specification as much as possible. We will also be supporting the cars in both the Indonesian and AS-PAC championships to maximise the chances of success for the team.“
Easton will also be travelling to Lebanon next month for a series of meetings aimed at introducing the Group N EvoX to the Middle East, one of the most hotly-contested regional championships in rallying.
The company has also received significant interest in the hire and purchase of several Mitsubishi Lancer World Rally Cars, from France, Barbados and other Eastern European nations.
Moreover MML Sports Ltd is continually developing the EvoX, with additional engine work scheduled for July prior to another test to evaluate the engine and suspension work ready for its next competition outing in the late summer.
In the meantime, the company will run Csaba Spitzmuller in the next round of the Hungarian Rally Championship, the Veszprem Rally over the weekend of 3-5 July.
Summing up, Easton was understandably buoyant about the first summer for MML Sports.