MRC Rd 3 wrap!
Rally Championship Rd 3 took place in Johor. This is the round
of the championship which meets up with the Asia Pacific Rally
Championship. Being an international event under the FIA rules
and regulation, the event is made longer in distance and time.
In total the Johor round of the championship covered 235km
of competitive stages divided into 14 special stages. On top
of that the competitors have to travel 342 km from the service
park to the stages and back. In total, the competitors have
to do 587km over the course of 2 days. That¡¯s endurance for
India Sanjey Takale driving a Subaru Impreza heads the field
of 19 starts of the event. MRC championship leader Mohd Shazly
is making his third start of the season and could bag the
Championship with a strong points finish. Other entrant for
Rd 3 is Japanese Satoru Ito whom rallies here to learn how
to drive even faster and Penang¡¯s Mohd Rafizal. It¡¯s Rafizal
3rd start with his new self-built Satria 4wd. Other entries
include Karamjit Singh, Hj Suhaimi and surprise entry from
India in the form of Anita Kholey. Anita is a model and fashion
ikon from Bangalore. It¡¯s her first international rally.
The talk at the service park is the 4 car entry of the Bagan
Dato Rally team. The team is show casing their team new livery
which features the team¡¯s serious approach to rallying.
Condition during the rally was mud filled made by consistant
daily rain a week before the event. A challenge to the competitors
as they try to keep the car on the road while trying to avoid
being sucked into the ditches.
A full 10 hours and 8 special stages made up leg 1 of the
rally. Already on the very first stage Japanese Satoru Ito
rolled his Subaru Impreza onto its roof and India Anita Kholey
park her Satria Neo nicely into a ditch. It was Sanjey Takale
whom set the pace of the rally with the Cusco prepared Subaru
Impreza. The car is far superior to other cars in the field.
A stronger engine, proper suspension and new tyres to take
on the stages, he blasted through the leg 5 minute clear of
second place Karamjit Singh. Karam driving a 15 year old Proton
Wira 1.8 consistantly set second fastest time. Mohd Ikhsan,
Haji Suhaimi and Azmeer rounded up the top 5 with their 3
version of the Proton Satria. Championship leader Shazly came
to Johor minus his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6. Missing key components
day before the event, Shazly opted to for points with a smaller
Perodua Kelisa 4wd. Unable to make any in-roads to the leader,
he would finished the day in sixth. Amir Ahmad and Rafizal
were both handicapped with problems with their cars.
6 stages and another 10 hours of rallying made up leg 2 with
even treacherous road conditions. Sanjey Takale basically
cruised to the finish with a trimmed yet comfortable lead
of nearly 3 minits over second place Karamjit Singh. Such
was Sanjey¡¯s lead he even got away with a puncture on the
last stage of the day. It was yet another dazzling driving
display by Karamjit Singh to finish second. Had he had a better
car,he could have changed the tides.
Haji Suhaimi traded places with Mohd Ikhsan for third spot
with yet another display of courage¡¯s driving by Hj Suhaimi.
Coming in fifth is Azmeer Yusri. Its a good result for Azmeer
with his Satria 1.3 after a long break from rallying.
Roduwan and Hanzee Hamzah kept the Bagan Dato Rally team
flying high with 6 and 7th spot. Nor Azizi finish 8thin what
is his only appearance in the championship this year. Japanese
Takeshi Azuma and Azrul Azhar rounded up the top 10 finishers
of the rally. 14 cars finished the rally with Anita Kohley
taking the last spot. Anita was thrilled with the result and
hopes to come again soon. Even though finishing at the bottom
end of the table, it¡¯s a brilliant achievement for her first
The final round of the Championship will take place early
December. The venue is yet to be confirmed but no matter where
be sure to lock onto the dates!