Rally Hokkaido – Final day recap
What a day it was yesterday, and a long one too.
Congratulations to Japanese driver Katsuhiko Taguchi who won Rally Hokkaido, round two of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. He was 27.8 seconds behind lead Gaurav Gill, and he closed the gap on Gill during the opening two forest stages, moving to the top after the 10.78km at Honbetsu. It was victory for them all the way thereafter, with their MRF Tyres Mitsubishi Evo X car.
On the opening stages of the first leg, Alister McRae suffered 2 successive punctures and lost almost 1 minute. Worst was yet to come, as his rally ended shortly after, when a rock damaged the sump of the Proton Satria Neo S2000. Chris retired after his Proton suffered engine problems from a bent valve.
The second leg of the rally started out well for our team with both drivers putting in a solid drive. After encountering engine trouble from day 1, Chris and Alister returned to the rally under Super Rally regulations on day 2. Both did good and set their times in the top five before Chris had to stop (on the road section after the final forest stage of the event). Unfortunately, Chris’s engine faced similar problems after the final special stage of the day forcing him into retirement.
Alister eventually finished 3rd yesterday, and collecting 3 very important APRC championship points.
Detailed results for the entire rally can be found here.
Back at the service park after the rally, everyone seemed a little disappointed but were still in high spirits nevertheless. We are sure they learnt a lot from the rally, information they can use as base to improve the car for the future.
Fan support was once again fabulous, they came in large groups, some with their families and others with friends. To our Japanese fans, domo arigato! Whilst for our fans here who have been following us closely on this blog during Rally Hokkaido, A BIG THANK YOU for your endless support!
We’ll be back with more updates in the days to come. Till then, we’ve got to pack and get ready to come home. Farewell, Obihiro!
Posted on May 23, 2010, in General, Hokkaido 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. Leave a comment.