Blomqvist gets Mitsubishi surprise

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As was announced previously, Stig Blomqvist will take on the infamous Janner Rallye, Austria next weekend.

First held in 1970, the Jänner Rallye is the only winter rally held in central Europe. Per Engseth, John Haugland and Rauno Aaltonen have also previously competed on the event.  Similar to that of Monte Carlo, the rally is 100% tarmac held in the mountainous terrain of Upper Austria, Mühlviertel, district Freistadt.

With 11 international rally wins, 33 podiums and a total of 486 stage wins to his name, along with a recent second overall on the demanding East African Safari Rally, the original Stig is set to return to the birth place of the quattro, the car which took him to his world championship title in 1984.

As was previously thought, the 1984 World Rally Champion was going to drive an Ex Works Audi quattro to commemorate his 30th anniversary of his title. Racingist can now confirm that Stig will now use a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

The 1981 edition of the event saw the first competitive event for the legendary four-wheel-drive machine, a moment that revolutionised the world of rallying forever. Franz Wittmann went on to win the event in the quattro by more than 20 minutes ahead of the other competitors.

This year’s event will be run over three days from 3-5 January 2014, consisting of 238 competitive kilometres. Despite the ambient temperatures dipping to as low as minus 10 degrees centigrade, fans flock to the Austrian stages in tremendous numbers to witness the spectacle of drivers charging through ice and snow-coated tarmac roads at full speed, something Blomqvist, 66, is sure to live up to when he takes on the Austrian Event.

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