Rally Hokkaido – Day 1 recap

The usually quiet city of Obihiro comes alive this weekend as we witness round two of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) 2010. Engines roaring, hundreds of fans cheering and overall excitement in the air sums up day 1 of Rally Hokkaido.

Beautiful Hokkaido scenery awaits spectators to Rally Hokkaido

Today witnessed a setback for our team, as Alister McRae slowed in SS3 by two punctures. Then Chris Atkinson faced an engine problem at the beginning of stage 5 and retired. Next we were sad to hear that Alister had hit a huge rock in the same stage causing him to retire as well.

Our car in action

After setting 2nd fastest time on the 25km SS2, Alister was unfortunate to suffer that puncture, and yet another puncture on SS3 which ripped the tyre to shreds forcing him to run SS4 with the tyre punctured on SS2 earlier. He still managed 9th fastest though.

1 rim, and 2 tyres busted in just 3 special stages

And the good news is that team PROTON will be back tomorrow competing in the super rally. We remain hopeful and positive, as always.

In overall results, after Stage 11 (final stage of day 1) Gaurav Gill leads APRC by 5.1 secs from his team-mate Taguchi. Cusco’s Horishi Yanagisawa is 8. 4 seconds back in 3rd. Yuya Sumiyama is 4th; more or less three minutes behind the leader. For the complete APRC Rally Day 1 results, click here.

We’ll elaborate on the details of what happened to Alister and Chris during day 1 in posts to come, for now I am just a little tired and need some sleep. Tomorrow we will all have to be up and ready at the service park by 530-600 am. The day ahead looks hopeful, let’s see how it goes.

No sake for us tonight, I guess. Goodnight, everyone.

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Posted on May 22, 2010, in General, Hokkaido Rally, Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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