Expression "Pajero Ruled" was suggested because Mitsubishi opted not to compete in rallies for the time being and it left while not on top.
Though, reliability of Mitsus in Dakar was exemplary, yet, equally reliable diesel powered VWs proved to be much faster than gasoline powered Pajeros. There are reasons why Europeans managed to develop diesel engines more than the Japanese, yet, thats a separate discussion and does not change the fact that VW's dominated in the last 3 years.
For local circuit, completely agree on first of the two point number 2s. Regarding point number 3, while I am optimistic that Evo can out perform Nadir's LC, yet, the situation is that because Ronnie drives 3-4% percent less than the limit and Ashraf Bhai, since his accident on RX-7, is physically not 100%, result is that no one has beaten Nadir/his LC conbination fair and square since Jhal 2008.
Another, though less reffered, yet, very good Evo driver is Anas Khakwani, but Anas Bhai's Evo is triptropnic, which lacks the little extra pick/power of manual Evo, so, ironically, while Evo has the potential, it is not currently ruling locally as well.
When in rally on Evo, Inshallah during the forthcoming season, will do my level best. I only lack in skills, not the commitment. Hopefully with some experience, someday will shine in A Category as well, but for that, will require your technical support and continous prayers.
Rear Wheelie---- will add two videos of my jump/rear wheelie and than discuss why I mentioned that the driver was able as well as lucky. In theory, you are right that all one needs to do is keep straight and "floor it", yet, trust me, its not so simple. There are many factors that are beyond the control of the driver and which change the situation in an instant. Lucky for this Mitsubishi driver, he faced none of those adverse factors.