Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team – Final day recap
The unofficial results aren’t out yet and we’re all at the media centre still. It will be a late dinner tonight but I guess all of us on the working committee and the team included will be able to have a good rest.
Anway, we’re sure some of you have already gone to the APRC site and seen the unofficial results, but for those who don’t here’s the link.
As we all know, with McRae leading the rally by 27 secs, the team started out strong on the 1st day of the rally. That same day, Atkinson suffered an electrical fault in special stage 1(SS1) that saw him lose 18 mins and dropping to the last position. He fought hard to end the day in 4th overall placing.
McRae started leg 2 exactly where he left off by winning the first stage of the day, and 2nd fastest in the 2nd stage, fighting hard with Taguchi’s Mitsubishi Evolution 10.
Unfortunately for McRae, the radiator was damaged after a jump which led to the engine failing at the start of SS12 leaving the sole Proton Satria Neo S2000 driven by Atkinson still running in the race. With the retirement of McRae, Atkinson was promoted to 3rd overall.
The team once again faced a setback when the same electrical fault from day 1 occurred again causing Atkinson to lose out on yet more time. This effectively ended all our hopes for a podium finish.
Though we didn’t win, but we saw a good performance from our guys and our car. We’re very encouraged by the pace of both our drivers and the cars. And our team is already looking forward to the next round in Hokkaido Japan on 22-23 May.
So to McRae, Hayes, Atkinson and Prevot, well done and since you guys will be home with your families very soon, we wish you a safe journey and you’ll now be able to get some well deserved rest…:)
And to all the winners, congratulations and hope you guys have a good celebration tonight!
Posted on April 25, 2010, in Malaysian Rally, Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team and tagged Alister McRae, Bill Hayes, Chris Atkinson, malaysia, Proton, proton malaysia, proton malaysia rally team, Proton Motorsports, Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team, Proton R3 Rally Team, proton satria neo, Proton Satria Neo Super 2000, protonmsports, satria, Satria Neo, satria neo s2000, satria neo super 2000, Stephane Prevot. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.