bags Malaysian Rally 2016
wet muddy stages, Team MRF¡¯s Guarav Gill
picked up where he left yesterday and tackled
leg 2 with an awesome display of car control
over the muddy tracks. Overnight rain over
the stages turned the clay based roads into
slushy mud especially in the corners and braking
point. It is certainly not a place to be for
the faint hearted. ¡°There is no way the roads
are going to dry up today so I will just drive
sensibly¡± said Gaurav.
divided into 6 competitive stages and a total
of 262km made up the final day of the Malaysian
Ketomaa finished second some 9 minutes behind
Gaurav. ¡°Finishing second is bonus for us.
The Mirage R5 doesn¡¯t have the torque to
get out corners and with so many corners and
junction to negotiate it was big disadvantage
for us¡± said Jari.
only casualty of Leg 2 is Mike Young. He accidently
parked the car in a ditch on stage 9. This
elevated Yuya Sumiyama to finish 3rd. Yuya
nursed his sick Subaru Impreza through the
stages. ¡°Car is sick with many many problems.
Happy to finish¡± said Yuya. MORE
leads Day 1 and Fabian retires
cooler conditions in section as the competitors
tackled another 4 stages. Caught out by the
endless junctions, Fabian Kreim overshot a
junction in SS6 and adding insult to injury
damaged his gearbox in the process. Game over
for Fabian. This left Gaurav Gill unchallenged
till the end with a lead of 4 minutes over
second place Jari Ketomaa. Jari had a positive
day but was unable treat the leader as his
Mitsubishi Mirage R5 is still in development
stage. Getting it this far is a bonus.
up the top 5 APRC entrant are Cusco Racing
Mike Young, Yuya Sumiyama and Sanjey Takale.
Mike Young was battling a flu and the obvious
heat. It somewhat affected his pace but he
cleared the day in 3rd spot. Yuya Sumiyama
found the latest version of the Subaru Impreza
too big to be driven in the narrow Malaysian
stages. His car was seen with dents on his
body work. Sanjey Takale on the other had
no issue. He was happy with his progress today.
leads after section 1 of leg 1
29 OCTOBER 2016
which made up section 1 ran under mild weather
this morning. Team MRF¡¯s Gaurav Gill splendid
drive finished the leg a full 20 seconds of
teammate Fabian Kreim whom did an excellent
job posting times on his first ever Malaysian
minute and 43 seconds behind Fabian is Jari
Ketomaa. He had a trouble free run all morning
and enjoys the stages. He however admits a
bit more power from the Mirage R5. Jari opted
to go on a softer compound for the afternoon
loop. Mike Young had a trouble free morning
and was happy getting through leg safely.
Sumiyama and Sanjey Takcale finished the leg
5th and 6th respectively in two different
versions or the Subaru Impreza. The only casualty
of the leg is Makoto Kawahara. He retired
from the rally due to dehydration and fatigue.
Unable to coup with the heat and humidity
and made worse having to change a flat tyre,
Makoto nearly passed out at the end of SS3.
second loop (section 2) is currently on the
way with another 158km to go before ending
day 1 at Angsana late this evening.
event Shakedown and Press Conference
28 OCTOBER 2016
event shakedown was held early Friday morning
in damp conditions. A short 1.6km route which
features clay surface with a mixture of ups
and downs, junctions, jumps and ditches awaited
the 7 APRC competitors. Team MRF¡¯s Fabien
Kreim set the fastest time of 1 minute and
16.1 seconds on his 3rd pass followed by teammate
Guarav Gill point 3 of a second slower. Jari
Ketomaa was 3rd, point 5 of a second slower.
Mike Young, Sanjay Takale, Yuya Sumiyama and
Makoto Kawahara were among the competitors
whom took part in shakedown. Their cars slightly
slower than the R5 cars posted times in between
1 minute 20 to 1 minute 43 seconds respectively.
pre event Press Conference was held later
in the evening at Rally HQ. Fabien Kreim,
Guarav Gill, Mike Young, Jari Ketomaa and
Yumi Sumiyama took on the stage. Obviously
the main issue voiced out by the competitors
was the rain and what their plan of attack
will be. Newly crown German Champion Fabien
Kreim was really looking forward to start
the rally. So much different than the rallies
in Europe but he reckons it will good fun.
Guarav Gill explains the different nature
of the Skoda Fabia R5 as compared to the Fabia
S2000 he has rallied in the past. The car
is a lot faster and much more drivable. He
needs a good result here to wrap up the APRC
championship. Jari Ketoma explained about
the development of the Mirage R5 and what
he thinks about the Malaysian Rally. The Mirage
R5 he will be driving is a development car.
Jari hopes he will adapt quickly to the stages
and hopes to win the event.
Malaysian Rally 2016 will officially start
tonight at 8pm with a ceremonial start at
the Plaza Angsana. There will cultural shows
and some side events to spice up the colorful
ceremonial start. Tomorrow the first car will
start the 7.81 km Tai Tuk stage at 8:30am.
loads of rain!
forecast, thunder storms accompanied massive
rain fall swept
through most parts of Johore today. This made
reconnaissance for the 28 registered Malaysian
Rally competitors a rather muddy affair. It
will be a different rally altogether as compared
to previous years where it remained hot and
humid throughout the event.
the teams will starts recce. Recce session
is one of the chores of rallying. This is
where the driver and co-driver go through
the stages to do up their pace notes. It a
taxing affair as they have to go through the
entire stage slowly twice. Basically double
the distance of the event. This year¡¯s Malaysian
Rally recces session took the entire day where
the competitors recced the 235km of stage
twice, that¡¯s 470km of slow pace notes driving
speed. It¡¯s really taxing for both driver
and co-driver. However for the co-drivers
job extends to the late hours as they have
to clean up the notes made earlier so that
it would be clearer to read when the rally
starts. It¡¯s a tough job.
from the competitors during the recce tells
the entire rally area had a fair share of
rain fall during the day. Though the stages
are drivable but it has to be driven with
caution as the slippery mud will certainly
catch out the competitors. First timers to
the event Fabian Kreim and Jari Ketomaa will
find the Malaysian terrain a new challenge
unlike anything they have driven on. But their
experience and state of the art machinery
would see them through the stages very quickly.
the registered APRC teams are scheduled to
take on the official 2km shakedown stage 30km
from Rally HQ. This is where the drivers get
to do final car set ups and familiarize and
adapt to the terrain in order to get as much
speed as possible.