wins bags round 2
13 AUGUST 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.