The Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team all set to go in Ypres

Hallo, Ypres! No, I’m not there this time around, but from what I hear it’s a beautiful place.

It’s interesting to note that Ypres was one of the main martyr towns of the First World War. A few months after the German invasion of Belgium on 4 August 1914 the front came to a standstill near the small, mediaeval town.

From October 1914 to October 1918 the battlefield was barely a few kilometres away from the centre. The trenches ran from north to south in an arc around Ypres. In this famous Ypres Salient no fewer than five bloody battles were fought.

Every evening (at 8 pm) since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded under the imposing memorial arches of the Menin Gate. The Last Post is the traditional salute to the fallen and is played in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the then British Empire, who fought and died in the ‘Immortal Ypres Salient’ between 1914 and 1918.

On to more rally talk… 🙂

The Ypres Rally is one of the longest standing rallies in Europe attracting huge numbers of spectators and enthusiastic participants. The rally is situated in the bustling and historic town of Ypres, famous for its typical architecture and impressive townsquare where the servicepark is located throughout all three days. The event is a compact asphalt rally full of new developments. The route is consisting mostly of twisty farming lanes, challenging to both cars and crews.

The service park is based at the historical Market Place of Ypres with the Rally HQ and Media Centre in Novotel leper Centrum. A Shakedown stage is located in Nieuwkerke.

The event will begin on Friday late afternoon 25th June at the Market Place of Ypres and continue with three special stages driven twice on Friday evening and another thirteen special stages driven on Saturday 26th June. The Podium Ceremony will be held on Saturday evening once the competitive section of the rally is finished.

Rally Ypres involves all-asphalt stages, full of long straights and square junctions. The demanding asphalt roads require maximum concentration from the drivers, with several traps and ditches. The weather is currently at 18 degrees and there may be a possibility of sudden downpours.

Team performance so far

Our team performed well at last weekend’s Rallye de la Haute Senne in Belgium, an event used as a test and warm-up to the Ypres Rally. Chris Atkinson came in second behind local driver Patrik Snijers. Young rally driver Tom Cave who is driving a PROTON Satria Neo Super2000 independently finished third overall on his tarmac debut in his Proton Satria Neo Super2000.

I managed to get a few words out of team principal Chris Mellors. “The PROTON  team is very excited at the prospect of starting the IRC campaign.  The competition will be very strong with 28 S2000 cars entered but PROTON hopes to be among the top runners and the performance at last week’s Rally Haute -Senne was a good test of the cars and drivers.” said Chris.

Certainly good news for all of us at PROTON. Here’s hoping to a good performance for our team in Ypres.

Stay tuned, folks!


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Posted on June 24, 2010, in General, IRC, Proton R3 Malaysia Rally Team and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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