Duval back in World Rally Car

Ex-Citroen and Ford WRC star Francois Duval will drive a MML Sports Lancer WRC car on the Condroz Rally next weekend.
Former works Citroen and Ford WRC ace Francois Duval will drive an MML Sports Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 World Rally Car on next weekend's Condroz Rally, it has been announced.

The Belgian has never driven the Mitsubishi before, but he is looking forward to trying it, having seen the success the car has brought to drivers around Europe in the last two years.

Run by MML Sports, the company formed from Ralliart Europe, which ran the Mitsubishi works rally team, the WRC05 has been developed and improved in recent months and the results are becoming clear.

The two-day event begins on November 7, and Duval will face stiff competition. Indeed fellow Belgian and former Mitsubishi works driver Freddy Loix will also be competing - using the Peugeot 207 Super 2000, whilst Patrick Snijers will be in a Subaru WRC car and Pieter Tsjoen in a Ford Focus WRC.

Despite the level of opposition though, MML Sport is confident that Duval can adapt quickly and shine on the two-day event.

"We are delighted that Francois will be driving the MML Sports Mitsubishi Lancer WRC05 on the Condroz Rally," said MML Sports managing director, John Easton. "Francois' speed and skill are without question and we are looking forward to seeing him prove how competitive we know the car is and do well on the final round of the Belgian championship.

"This will be the first time that the Lancer WRCar has run in Belgian and once again, it will be up against younger World Rally Cars.

"However, as we have seen in Holland with Mark [van Eldik] and Hungary, a Lancer WRC with a good driver, such as Francois, is a very potent combination and I'm looking forward to next weekend."

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Francois Duval (BEL), Ford Focus RS WRC07, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Francois Duval (BEL), Ford Focus RS WRC07, BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team
Francois Duval (B) Ford Focus RS WRC 07

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 03, 2009 9:46 AM

Jeff, you are talking out of your a*** Jari Matti is a future World Champion. I wont have people put him down that is for sure. If you cant see that you should move on to maybe watching paint dry instead. Crashing does not damage Motorsports image, infact it comes with the territory. its a sign that the driver is trying and learning.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.