wins a rain drenched event
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.