Mitsubishi Motors Corporation and Ralliart Inc. will support the China
Team in the 2004 Dakar Rally, which is being held between January 1st and January
18th. The team is officially recognised by the FASC (Federation Automobile Sports
of The People's Republic of China).
Film star Jackie Chan will act as the Honorary Team Director of Team Mitsubishi
Ralliart China, which was inaugurated in November 2003 and replaced the former
Ralliart Hong Kong.
Lee Chuhen of the FASC will act as Team Director and Ryu Dadei will work as the
Technical Supervisor of the China Team.
In 2003, Team Mitsubishi Ralliart China entered the Dakar Rally as a private entry
with 34-year-old driver Luo Ding. After a solid start he was forced to retire
at the half-way point, but will take the start again at the wheel of a diesel-engined
In September 2003, Mitsubishi Motors and Ralliart Inc. carried out training programmes
for the works team using an experienced trainer. Luo Ding benefitted from this
new experience and is looking forward to putting his new-found skills into practice
on the 2004 Dakar Rally by finishing the world's most difficult off-road rally.
Mitsubishi Motors and Ralliart details:
the actual rally car and a test car for use in China.
support during the Dakar Rally.
for the improvement of driver skills
Tests were carried out in France in September 2003 and in Dubai (UAE) in October.
In addition, former Dakar Rally winner and Mitsubishi test driver Jean-Pierre
Fontenay coached the China Team drivers and carried out a test session in the
Zhuhai area of China at the start of December (December 3rd-5th). The experienced
Frenchman will also coordinate the drivers and the team's preparations for the
and preparation for co-driver (navigator).
Mitsubishi Motors and Ralliart Inc. provide additional support for the FASC China
Team as they prepare for the 2004 Dakar Rally. This will also contribute
to the further enhancement of China's motor sport activities.
|Honorary Team Director
||Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero Diesel (Super Production
Leading Driver's Information
||Name: Luo Ding
Date of Birth: October 24, 1969 (34 years old)
||Trained as a "Chinese Professional Racing Driver", obtained International
C-grade driving license
||Trained together with Liu Dadi of Hummer Auto Club in China
||Participated in Paris-Dakar Rally Competition with Liu Dadi (the first Chinese
drivers in this event).
||Received special training organized by Mitsubishi in Paris, France
||Visited "Auto Challenge" in Dubai, UAE, and participated in training there
Message from Luo Ding, Leading Driver:
"I feel very honored to be a racing driver for the China Team Mitsubishi Ralliart participating in the 2004 Paris-Dakar Rally. With the experience of last year's race, and support from the Federation Of Automobile Sports Of The People's Republic of China (FASC), as well as the benefits of several overseas training programs organized by Mitsubishi, and the strong support that Mitsubishi has provided, I am very confident of my ability to do well in the race. I will undergo more rigorous training, and aim to complete the entire race and achieve a good result."
Racing Vehicle Information
Mitsubishi Pajero Diesel (T2 Rally Standard Vehicle)
An excellent SUV type rally vehicle with extensive racing experience and a brilliant record in Paris-Dakar Rally, an event which Mitsubishi Motors has continuously challenged for over the past 25 years.
Mitsubishi Pajero Diesel is sold worldwide and enjoys a very high reputation among users.
Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero Diesel
Test in the Zhuhai area of China