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Old 5th February 2009, 14:34   #16
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Originally Posted by doomsday View Post
The one to watch out for this Dakar will be Mitsubishi, with their Dakar-special diesel-powered racing Lancer. I hope all their efforts including staying away from WRC pay off in this event.

The statement from Mitsubishi official said: "The sudden deterioration of the global economy made it necessary for the company to focus its resources more tightly, and for this reason the decision was taken to withdraw its Mitsubishi Motorsports works team from all cross-country competitions."

Source: Rally : Mitsubishi withdraw from Dakar - RAID WRC - Rally-Live.com
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After 7 consecutive wins, they fell flat in the 8th attempt,this year.
The Diesel engine was unreliable with the first retirement on the very first day.

Carlos Sainz had it in the bag almost until the last day when he flew off an edge and fell into a ditch. it was quite dramatic. What a disappointment it was for him.
At the end of the event, it was VW that came out at the top by taking all the 3 steps on the podium.
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I saw that video of Sainz falling off - on youtube. he was still raring to go, but his navigator broke a few bones.
there was no marking, finally, after sainz's fall, they put a safety vehicle there warning about the drop!
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