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Rafiq wins bags round 2
13 AUGUST 2011

Round 2 of the Malaysian Rally Championship 2017 will certainly go down in history as the only rally with 3 classified finishers out of the 21 cars which originally started the event. As usual, Mother Nature played a vital role to the outcome of the rally.

There was no rain nor striking hot sun throughout the whole 6 stages which made up leg 2. A total of 5 cars lead the field which included 23 cars restarting under the super rally rules. Leg 2 consist of 77km of competitive stages covering a total of 264km before ending the rally at the Johor Circuit.

Leg 1 winner Karamjit Singh and his Proton Gen 2 4WD was mysteriously off the pace on first couple of stages before his car chronically started to suffer fuel problems and started to lose loads of time and eventually was forced to stop in stage with fuel problems. Karamjit Singh was out of the rally after dominating the rally with a rather sick car.

Indians Abhilash PG struck trouble on SS10 when his Subaru Impreza wasn¡¯t responding to any of his demands and ultimately Abhilash PG retired with a broken gearbox. It certainly wasn¡¯t the best of rallied for the experience Indian driver.

Mohd Rafiq benefited from their misfortune to take the overall lead of the rally by posting fastest stage time on 4 of the day¡¯s 6 stages. Mohd Rafiq had no issues with the car or anything else worry him and he took the overall win for round 2 with a total time of 3 hour and 59 minits, 11 minits clear of Sanjay Takale in a far superior car. Sanjay had the excuse of driving a new and very fast rally car. The Mitsubishi Mirage R5 which he recently purchase proved to be a handful. Sanjay nearly came to grief when he got stuck in a ditch coming out of a slow corner. Finishing the rally in second overall isn¡¯t a bad result for him and his new car.

The final classified finisher belongs to the lone 2wd Proton Satria of Muhammad Khairul Nizam. He kept his Satria on the road the entire 736km rally. Even though his car is no match to the R5 machinery of Sanjay Takale, he finished the rally 14 minits behind the Indian driver. It is a splendid result for Muhammad Khairul Nizam considering this is only his second ever rally.

The Malaysian Rally Championship heads north to the state of Perak in October. Currently the Championship is still wide open. Be sure to not to miss the action.

 


 
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