PROTON R3 Rally Team
PROTON is proud to carry the Malaysian flag in the APRC – with Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson as the drivers for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) since its last participation in 2004. The FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship is one of the premier regional championships in World Rallying.
PROTON’s rally cars participate in high profile international events around the world. We’ve been to the Intercontinental Rally Challenge(IRC) and FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). These events, which are held in all types of terrain and weather also provide a great testing ground for the development of the Proton Satria Neo S2000 which is critical in our journey to produce a winning car.
Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson are considered as the strongest pairing for the APRC season for 2010. Their wealth of experience in more than 45 rounds of rally championships and many stage wins and podium finishes will give Malaysia the advantage to aim for the podium wins.
The team was consistently running in the top 10 positions while racing against more established Manufacturer Teams such as Peugeot, Skoda, Abarth, Subaru, Mitsubishi, etc.
This culminated in a 2nd place finish in the Rally of Scotland, and a 4th place finish in the Rally of Russia.
As a car maker, our re-entry into the rally scene is significant as we strive to push forward our aspirations to be a global car manufacturer. Motorsports is an avenue for us to showcase our cars, their performance, technology and capabilities. What’s more important is the opportunity to learn and discover our cars’ capabilities in the extreme conditions of motorsports which we will be able to then translate into product development and improvement.