• Apr 28, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of awesome rally shots

After all the trials and tribulations, the first event in the Central Europe Rally took place this past weekend and Carlos Sainz took the overall win behind the wheel of a heavily prepped Volkswagen Touareg 2, while NASCAR driver Robby Gordon's team finished 10th.

The race, which spanned some 1,670 miles across Hungary and Romania, took Sainz and his co-pilot, Michel Perin, 11 hours, 18 minutes and 8 seconds to traverse, followed by the team of Stephane Perhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret driving a Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, while Dieter Depping and Timo Gotschalk came in third, behind the wheel of another Touareg 2.

Gordon, whose total time was 1 hour, 25 minutes and 38 seconds behind Sainz, completed the race with the help of a HUMMER H2 and Andy Grider at his side. The full race results can be viewed after the jump, and we've assembled a gallery of some seriously awesome shots from the Central Europe Rally below.

[Source: Rallysportmag]

Tentative final results, Central Europe Rally

1. Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F), Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, 11h18m08s
2. Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret (F/F), Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 2.01m
3. Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk (D/D), Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 6.34m
4. Luc Alphand/Gilles Picard (F/F), Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, + 7.28m
5. Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz (P/D), Volkswagen Race Touareg 2, + 33.45m
6. Bruno Saby/Alain Guehennec (F/F), BMW X3 CC, + 46.30m
7. Robert Baldwin/Kevin Heath (USA/USA), Hummer, + 56.02m
8. Philippe Gache/François Flick (F/F), SMG, + 1h07m08s
9. Miroslav Zapletal/Valdimir Nemajer (CZ/CZ), Mitsubishi L200, + 1h12m19s
10. Robby Gordon/Andy Grider (USA/USA), Hummer, + 1h25m38s

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just remember.
      The VW is a 5-cyl diesel and almost everyone else (if not all) runs gasoline.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Mitsubishi raced diesel powered Pajero Evolution too(it ended in a accident and could not finish at stage 2 or 3)

        Most of the cars racing this Rally were diesel powered

        VW Touareg 2
        VW Buggy TDI
        BMW X3 CC
        Isuzu D-Maxx
        Nissan D40 Navara

        BMW gave a simple reason to race with diesel engines.. 30-40% lower consuption
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mousse isn't allowed in Dakar anymore, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution?

      I didn't know that Mitsu made other vehicles (besides the Lancer) in Evo state... is it a nomenclature they only use for racing, or do they sell other Evos in the Japanese market?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution is like the Volkswagen Touareg 2 a tube frame fully build race car that has nothing (absolutly NOTHING!!!) to do with the production model street version.

        The real name of the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution is MPR 13.

        thechnicel specs
        4.0l V6 with airrestrictor
        270hp at 6600rpm
        417Nm at 5800rpm
        5speed sequenziell race tranny
        chassie: tube frame race chassie
        body: 2door full carbon
        empty weight: minimum 1825kg +160kg driver codriver +400kg fuel
        range: rule requires a minimum range of 800km

        chassie in detail

        • 6 Years Ago
        Many different companies have evolution models that they use as homoligation specials for racing
        • 6 Years Ago
        Lancer (Carisma) and Pajero (Montero/Shogun) are about the only two vehicles Mitsubishi competes with in motorsports right now. They have sold a few examples of a Pajero Evolution, but I don't think a version of it is currently available for sale now. They do it to meet whatever rules a governing body might set so they can compete with that particular model which most likely doesn't require it to be offered year after year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the vw looks so bad ass, but that hummer is just FUGLY

      kind of like the street versions...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does that Hummer look an awful lot like an H3, not H2? I realize it's hard to tell in race-modified guise, but the upper bodywork looks H3.

      Also, are there regulations in rally around tires? The tires on the VW and Mitsu don't look particularly high-tech.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Both Robby's and BJ's Hummers are the same as the VW and Mitsu vehicles - special built race vehicles w/ a tube chassis and lots of wheel travel.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I guess that's because high-tech isn't about looks..
      • 6 Years Ago
      by the way... it's spelled Hungary
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