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Mitsubishi Motors UK are pleased to announce that current British Rally Champion David Higgins will join its UK works team to contest the 2005 British Rally Championship.

Higgins will compete in all eight rounds driving a Group N Mitsubishi Evolution VIII MR, partnered by his regular co-driver, Daniel Barritt.

The 2004 British Rally Champion will join the team alongside Rory Galligan, the Irishman already confirmed as a works driver following his victory in last year’s Evolution Challenge.

Looking to increase its motorsport profile in Britain, Mitsubishi Motors UK announced its plans to run two-car team at the Autosport Show in January. At that time the decision as to who would be accompanying Galligan was still to be made.

With the prospect of a busy year ahead, Higgins was unable to confirm his intentions until now and is consequently relishing the prospect of driving for the Mitsubishi UK team:

“It’s great to have been offered this drive. I feel very much at home with Mitsubishi having won the USA SCCA Championship in 2003 driving an Evolution, as well as being a test driver with the WRC team for 2004 and 2005.”

Mitsubishi’s aim is to win the Production British Rally Championship, the series created specifically for Group N cars running within the BRC, although both Higgins and Galligan are expected to feature in the leading overall positions.

“Some people may say that having won the BRC in a WRC car last year, swapping to a Group N car is a retrograde step. For me this is not the case. This is a works drive and that makes all the difference. Having tested a number of production Evolutions I know just how good they are. I have enjoyed success driving Group N cars, so to compete in an ultimate spec works version is going to be a great. I think we may surprise a few people with our pace.”

Both cars have been built by ADR Motorsport of Chesterfield, who will also be preparing and running them on the events on behalf of Cirencester based Mitsubishi Motors UK.

The man responsible for Mitsubishi’s 2005 BRC campaign is Paul Brigden, General Manager for Ralliart at MMUK:

“We have been working towards a two-car programme for some time and I am pleased to have confirmed our plans. I am delighted that David has been able to join us who, together with Rory, provides us with a very strong driver line-up.“

“I have to thank a number of people and sponsors who have made the two-car campaign possible: Walon, Speedline Corse, Rampage, PIAA, Competition Car Insurance, Mintex and especially ADR Motorsport and Pirelli, who have both agreed to substantially support this project.”

The Mitsubishi UK team’s season kicks off with the first round of the British Rally Championship, the International Rally of Wales, which takes place on 24th & 25th April.
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