El­lis gets a Lancer E10 ahead of Bel­gium

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Bri­tish driver John­nie El­lis has switched from a Subaru Im­preza to a Mit­subishi Lancer E10 for this year’s as­sault on Bel­gium.

El­lis was a podium fin­isher on the Hemicuda Rally along­side co-driver Marc Fowler, and will now re­turn to the coun­try after three ral­lies in the UK.

“We’re do­ing Brands [Brands Hatch Stages], then South Down Stages at Good­wood, then Snet­ter­ton Stages and then we’re back out to Bel­gium,” he said.

“We have a new car be­ing built, I’m col­lect­ing it from Hol­land on Jan­uary 9. It’s an Evo 10 [Mit­subishi Lancer E10]. It’s not a world car but it’s an up­rated R4.”

El­lis did con­sider step­ping up to an R5-spec­i­fi­ca­tion car, but elected against it for the Bel­gian roads.

“It’s left-hand drive, se­quen­tial box, all the busi­ness,” he added. “It’s the car that’s go­ing to give us more power and torque. I didn’t fancy mak­ing the jump to an R5 purely on run­ning costs, so we’ve gone for this and hope­fully we can have some podium fin­ishes.”

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