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Mitsubishi Motors Repsol ATS Studios Team has entered defending Dakar
Rally champion Stιphane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret
and Spaniard Joan 'Nani' Roma with co-driver Henri Magne in the 2005
Orpi Rally of Morocco, round three of this year�s FIA Cross Country
Rally World Cup. The event starts in Agadir on Wednesday, May 25th, and
finishes on Sunday May 29th.
The team has entered Peterhansel in Luc Alphand's Rally of
Tunisia-winning Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Evolution, where he teams up
with Roma in an MPR10 version of the Pajero/Montero Evolution they used
in the Dakar.
Frenchman Peterhansel and co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret clinched victory
in last year�s Moroccan event by the margin of 23 minutes and 36
seconds and will be bidding to win their first event this season since
clinching victory for a second successive season in the Dakar Rally in
January and after he finished second overall in March�s
"Morocco will be a great opportunity for us to see what level our
competitors have reached at this point in the season," said MMSP's Team
Director Dominique Serieys. "The competition between Mitsubishi,
Jean-Louis Schlesser and the factory Volkswagens is sure to be exciting
and we will be pushing hard to take the outright win. Our competitors
have reached a higher level this year and Morocco will give us a good
idea where we can improve to stay ahead of the field."
After the Rally of Morocco, the Mitsubishi Motors Repsol ATS Studios
team plans a series of test sessions throughout the summer and autumn,
before the new Evolution 4 version of the Pajero/Montero is used for
the first time in competition, either in September's Egypt Rally or in
the United Arab Emirates in November.
Arranged by the Neveu-Pelletier Organization (NPO), the Orpi Rally of
Morocco uses a southerly route through the remote Moroccan deserts,
near the Atlantic coast, for a second successive season and is again
based in Agadir