Leads after leg 1
PRESS RELEASE | 12 AUGUST 2017
TINGGI - The extreme heat and humidity for today's 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific
Rally Championship (APRC) at the Tai Tak Plantation here was a
challenge for both international, as well as local drivers.
heavy downpour in parts of Johor, coupled with today¡¯s hot weather,
provided a muddy terrain, making it a very challenging rally for
was a true test of man and machine as competitors tackle seven
stages over 158 kilometers. The longest stage of the day was the
31.67km Tai Tak-Pipeline stage that was run twice.
heat and humidity was extreme and I had difficulty adapting to
it and I went off the road," said Mparts Robert Bloomberg.
rally stage has always been known to be fast, flowing and technically
challenging routes, with high humidity of more than 80 per cent,
and temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius with heavy rainfalls
and muddy terrain.
the top drivers, Ole Christian Veiby of Norway, described the
muddy terrain as being a very challenging rally. "It was
a difficult rally for me, I went off a couple of times and dented
both sides of my car. I was lucky to get away with it" said
the Team MRF driver. Despite that, reigning APRC champion Gaurav
Gill of India could not maintain his overall position after he
hit a tree stump which badly damaged his steering. "I hit
a tree during the Tai Tak Plantation during the second stage and
can't fight for overall standings," he said.
Finland¡¯s Jari Ketomaa, the demanding Tai Tak Plantation terrain
took a toll on his car during the early stages of the rally. "The
plantation's terrain was difficult and I broke my car's driveshaft
twice. However, I managed to finish the race with only using two-wheel
drive," said the MParts AB driver.
Cusco Racing drivers Yuya Sumiyama and Michael Young were more
cautious due to the terrain conditions. "I'm still learning
the Skoda R5," said Sumiyama. Indian driver P.G. Abilash
however said that the rally was okay for him despite finding the
Leg 1 ended with another run on the Super Special stage at the
Pasir Gudang Circuit.
2 of the The International Rally of Johor 2017 resumes tomorrow
morning with another loop of 6 stages in Kota Tinggi.