Podcast: Secrets of Mitsubishi’s WRC heyday

Mitsubishi's 1990s team manager Derek Dauncey joins David Evans in the first of a series of special episodes

Tommi Makinen Mitsubishi WRC Safari Rally 1996

For thousands of rally fans out there Mitsubishi Ralliart was the 1990s in the World Rally Championship.

And as team manager, Derek Dauncey was the man in the middle of that Rugby-based Mitsubishi outfit as it conquered the world with Tommi Mäkinen.

In what’s going to be the first of many interviews (hence this is volume I of ‘Now that’s what Derek calls the 1990s…’, as we’re nicknaming this series of podcasts), Dauncey talks DirtFish through two pivotal events for Andrew Cowan’s Lancer squad.

We’re in 1996 for both. The first is the Safari Rally – an outstanding tale of Ralliart’s first attempt at the Kenyan marathon – and the second is one of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s most arduous journeys, from Hong Kong to Beijing.

Brace yourself for test cars splitting in two and rats in your bedroom in Wuhan.