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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2008-12-24

After last year's edition was cancelled for safety reasons, the Dakar rally is back - albeit far from its traditional African homeland. Winner of the last seven races, Team Mitsubishi is eyeing an 8th title on the Argentine and Chilean tracks.

Producer of the last seven Dakar winners, Team Mitsubishi has just wrapped up its preparation with a brand new car, the Racing Lancer, ahead of the first South American Dakar rally kicking off on January 3rd.

Duos Hiroshi Masuoka/Pascal Maimon, Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (2007 winner), Nani Roma/Lucas Cruz Senra and Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard will be competing in the Racing Lancer turbo-diesel.

After months of intensive preparation, the crew carried out the latest technical tests in France on December 15.

Before the race, members will spend their Christmas holidays with their families and then fly to Argentina. Needles to say, the mood in the Mitsubishi camp is upbeat.

Date created : 2008-12-24