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Mud bath!
12 AUGUST 20117

Fridays heavy down pour spelt disaster for the MRC competitors as the roads which made up leg 1 of the IROJ 2017 one of the muddiest roads ever. The roads were slippery with thick slush like mud everywhere with the odd water splash throughout the day. Thankfully the weather remained mild and windy but it was a mud bath of a rally. Leg 1 consist of 8 stages which consists of 8 stages totaling 161km of competitive driving. SS7 was cancelled due to undividable conditions.

Mohd Rafiq lead the 21 cars into leg one. With most of the competitors having very little experience driving through such conditions, it wasn¡¯t long before the competitors were slowly being sucked by the mud into retirement. Driving through the mud soak stages requires a different kind of skill where on has to really understand the surface and drive through with very little wheel spin. All the cars will start leg 2 under the super rally rules.

The hardest hit was Azrul Azhar from Perlis. His car slid head on into a tree. Among those whom were stuck in the mud where Championship leader Chepot and his entire team, Sanjey Takale, Mohd Rafizal and Shafiq. By the end of the leg, Mohd Rafiq, Karamjit Singh, Abhilash PG and a lone Satria 1.3 of Muhammad Khairul Nizam and experienced co-driver Shahrol Zainal made it back to Park Freme.

Karamjit Singh leads the Rally with a margin of 24 minutes over Mohd Rafiq with Abhilash PG and Nizam. Karamjit Singh was nursing his Proton Gen 2 throughout the rally with a host of problem which include no brakes and a misfiring engine. With the problems, he used every ounce of experience to set fastest stage times to lead the rally.

Mohd Rafiq and Abhilash PG in newer Subaru Impreza¡¯s couldn¡¯t match Karamjit Singh mastery and drove cautiously throughout. As for Nizam, he was surprised that survived Leg 1. He credited Co-driver Shahrol for guiding him.

20 Leg 2 begins this morning with 6 stages covering 77km of competitive driving. The stages in leg 2 is reported to be similar in conditions as the weather remains the same with very little sunshine.

 


 
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