Jul 20, 2010
MRC 2010 Round 2 @ Bandar Seri Jempol, N. Sembilan
KARAMJIT SINGH WRAPS UP ROUND 2 OF THE MALAYSIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN STYLE
BANDAR SRI JEMPOL, 18 July 2010 - Karamjit Singh wrapped up the Malaysian Rally Round 2 title at Bandar Sri Jempol in convincing style.
Together with his co-driver Douglas Pickering, they steered their Mitsubishi Lancer across the rugged terrains and came away unscathed to win the 155.4km race in a total time of 2hrs 07mins 30 secs.
Already they had won the opening round on Saturday and on Sunday they were quick off the mark, capitalising on their nine minutes advantage over second placed Muhammad Rafiq Udhaya's Subarau Impreza to taste victory again.
They clocked 54:21.0secs and add that to their opening round of 1hr:13 mins 09.6secs, Karamjit and partner were the clear winner.
"It's a satisfying victory. Things went well for us on both days and in rallying you need a little luck too. But I knew if we keep the car going without any mechanical problems, out overnight lead would be of great help," added Karamjit.
Finshing second is Katsu Taguchi and his co-driver Jagdev Singh in a Mitsubishi Lancer with a total time of 2hrs 18mins 40.9secs while Muhammad Rafiq and Sean Gregory was third in 2hrs 20mins 44.3secs.
For Taguchi, the winner of the Malaysian Rally Opening round in Johor Bahru two months ago, it was a sweet comeback as he overhauled Muhammad Rafiq yesterday to finish second after being placed third after the opening round.
Only twelve seconds separate Muhammad Rafiq and Taguchi going into Round two today but clearly the skills and experience of the Japanese ace, a former world rally championship participant, saw him through.