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Throw back MRC 2016

The 2016 Malaysian Rally Championship provided another year of memorable rallying season fill with drama and plenty of action. MRC 2016 marked another chapter of Malaysian Rallying where for the first time only local competitors will be able to score championship points. Another sting in the tail is the double championship award for the MRC. No longer will there be a dominate title contender instead both 4WD and 2WD categories will be awarded at the end of the season. With no foreign competitors taking honors and media spotlight, MRC 2016 is the platform where the local competitors will showcase their talents and outright speed. From the first round in Perlis to the season finale in Perak, there was a constant tensed atmosphere of competition through the rally weekends. It¡¯s a good start for the development of the championship and hopefully will bring forward fresh new talents into rallying. Even with the new format, the championship has lost none of its sting and the competition was as intense as ever.

Round 1 ¨C Perlis
The first round started in May with a slightly depleted field with the absence of a few foreign teams. 13 cars started the rally with only 9 cars were classified finishers. The event to place in slightly damp conditions made it a bit tricky. Many were caught out in the tricky conditions and a few had mechanical gremlins.

By the end of the rally, Sazly Farith Illias who took the overall 4WD win when all his closest rival in the class dropped out with mechanical problem. I was a sweet first win for Shazly. Karamjit Singh took overall honors in the 2WD class with his rented Proton Satria Neo. With his fair share of problem, he managed to wrestle the car to the finish. Kenneth Koh, Roduwan Rashid and Rafizal competed the top 5.

Round 2 ¨C Pahang
After a 4 month gap, the MRC headed east to a new venue in the town of Rompin. New stages for everyone. With dry and dusty conditions, Shazly notched up another 4wd overall win with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6 yet again after his rivals were sidelined with problems. Shazly¡¯s victory was made even sweater when little brother Shazmie took the overall 2wd win and 3rd overall with the pocket rocket Daihatsu Charade Detomasa. Amir Ahmad nursed his 4wd Satria to second overall. Haji Suhaimi and Mohd Henzee Hamzah finished 4th and 5th respectively. Mohd Henzee impressed everyone when he muscled his little Perodua Kelisa to the finish.

Round 3 ¨C Johor
In October the MRC headed south to Johor. The event took place two months later than usual completely change the conditions of the rally. There was mud everywhere after heavy thunder storms poured down over the stages.

Mohd Rafizal won the 4wd class in his Satria 4wd and Karamjit Singh took honors in the 2wd class in a rented Proton Wira. Karamjit being his usual self display full commitment driving the 15 year old car. Hj Suhaimi finished on the podium yet again followed by Mohd Ikhsan and Azmeer Yusri rounding up the top 5. Heading to the final round, Both Sazly and Karamjit Singh held a commanding lead in the 4wd and 2wd class.

Round 4 ¨C Perak
The final round in Perak was held in early December. Karamjit Singh defied all the odds to secure a comfortable outright win again in 2016. Driving the 15 year old Proton Wira 1.8 with some mechanical issues throughout the day, he finished the rally 10 minutes clear from the rest of the field. With no 4wd cars finishing the rally, it turned to 2wd event. Azad Jasmi finished a fine 2nd place with Hj Suhaimi coming in 3rd with Dinnie Nazmi and Mohd Henzee rounding up the top 5.

Sazly and Karamjit Singh were crowned the Malaysian Rally Champions with the most wins each. The MRC 2016 turned out to be an interesting season as competition among the championship contenders increased at every round. It¡¯s a positive development for the championship. Malaysian Rally Championship 2017 promises to be another great championship for the only truly extreme motorsports in the country. There will be more cars competing for the title and the return of a few ¡®legendary¡¯ drivers.



 
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