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Rachmat wins a rain drenched event
15/12/2018

It was the wettest event held in years. Heavy downpours throughout the day turned the stages into rivers which meant driving through it almost impossible. Only 4 of the originally planned 6 stages were used with the roadside stages length shortened by half as it was flooded. It is that time of the year when the eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia gets it annual monsoon season and the adventures of the Malaysian Rally Championship 2018 comes to a close.

Indonesian Rachmat and co-driver scored a hattrick of wins when he bagged the win here 1 minute and 20 seconds clear of second place Mohd Rafiq Udaya. Rachmat driving MRU¡¯s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 drove cautiously over the mud and water splash. Rafiq on the other drove his Subaru Impreza hard over the mud demonstrating the Subaru Impreza¡¯s water resistance capabilities. Sutan Mustaffa finish third in his first ever drive in a 4WD turbo charged machine. He showed abilities adapting to cars superior power and grip by constantly posting good stage time.

Karamjit Singh finished an unusual 4th place. He held a comfortable lead but was sidelined when he got stuck in the mud and lost time and with it the overall lead. In fifth place was the winner of the 2WD category. Norazizi yet again shined with his 1.8 Proton Putra. Making up fr his nose dive disappointment in Perlis, he was uncatchable here. Behind Norazizi came Abdul Kaatir and Faidzal Alang. The two in similar Proton Satria Neo were locked in a duel which ended in Abdul Kaatir favour when Faidzal Alang got stuck in the mud. It was Faidzal Alang first rally after a two year break with a new car and united with his former co-driver Hazwan Fauzi.

Muhammad Ikhsan who makes his one off appearance this year with Hashrul and BDRT¡¯s One Motorsports Ezamin Ezham rounded up the classified top 10 finishers whom survived the rain drenched event. In total 23 cars out of the 30 starters finished the event.

As the Malaysian Rally Championship 2018 comes to a close, the 3 round championship will be remember as a season which has the most number of participants, increased public interest to rallying, the drama and of course the uniqueness of its venues. We look forward for greater things in 2019.




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