The PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team – Barum Czech Rally Zlin
The PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team is headed for the Czech Republic for the upcoming Intercontinental Rally Challenge(IRC) – the Barum Czech Rally Zlin. The event will be held on 27-29 August 2010. This time the PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team will not be represented by the usual lineup of drivers but will be represented by former Production Car World Rally Champion Niall McShea and reigning British Rally Champion Keith Cronin.
The 24 year old Cronin was crowned British Rally Championship last season and McShea clocked third fastest in the opening stages of Rally Ireland last year driving for PROTON.
McShea and Cronin will test the Satria Neo S2000 before the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, in preparation for the challenging asphalt stages ahead of them.
On the change of drivers for this round of IRC, team manager Datuk Razak Dawood said:
“The drivers are among the best talents around with experience and skill in handling tarmac events. Niall McShea’s last outing was with PROTON at last year’s Rally Ireland where he achieved third fastest time on the opening stage. Keith Cronin just won International Rally Isle of Man, known to be one of the toughest tarmac events in the world. These are the reasons why they were selected for this round and the experience they bring to the team will also help us further improve the PROTON S2000 for tarmac events.”
Rally Zlin will begin on Friday, 27 August 2010 with a super special stage comprising three laps of the city centre followed by eight asphalt stages. The main action on this hugely popular event starts the next day, when crews face eight asphalt stages in the fast but technical lanes surrounding Zlin. The event will end on Sunday, 29 August 2010 with a further eight stages. A record number of 28 Super2000 cars appear on the 2010 Barum Czech Rally Zlin entry list. This is the 40th anniversary of the event, which also qualifies for the European Rally Championship.
The ninth round of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge boasts top entries from Skoda, Peugeot, Ford, Proton and Mitsubishi.
Meanwhile, here are the local television broadcast times for the Czech Rally:
ASTRO EUROSPORT (channel 814)
Sun Aug 29 2010
Showing at 03:02am on Eurosport : Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Czech Republic – Day 1.
Showing at 12:47pm on Eurosport : Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Czech Republic – Day 1.
Mon Aug 30 2010
Showing at 05:17am on Eurosport : Intercontinental Rally Challenge in Czech Republic – Day 2.
Tue Aug 31 2010
Showing at 21:32 on Eurosport : Intercontinental Rally Challenge
*Don’t forget to catch the team on telly and we wish the team all the best in the upcoming rally!*