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
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
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.