11 MAY 2012, KANGAR - China's Fan Fan, the winner of the Malaysian leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship last year, is down for the second round of the Malaysian Rally Championship in Kangar over the weekend.
And his participation has added a touch of
glamour and add to the competitive spirit as the rest of the field
gather in the Northen capital ovet two days of action across the sugar
cane plantations of Chuping.
Fan Fan, who was a familiar
name in Malaysian Rally in the nineties, has pushed competitive rallying
into the background to concentrate on his online business in the past
couple of years.
"But I guess he has a bit more time on
his hands now and that's why he accepted our invitation to race in
Malaysia this weekend. He is such a talented driver and his victory in
the Malaysian leg of Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Johor Baru in
April last year, is ample proof of that.
"I am sure he
will be give the rest a fight in his Mitsubishi Lancer. No doubts about
that," said Gunaseelan Rajoo, leader of the GSR Repsol-Air Asia team
under which Fan Fan and his co-driver Fang Jun Wei will be racing in.
for now New Zealander Brian Green and co-driver Brian Fleur of the MRU
Racing team are the leader after their impressive opening round
performance in Manjung, Perak two months ago.
"I have always believe that if you
prepare the car well and drive to the best of your ability without the
need to take uneccessary risks, then there is always a chance, "said
And then there is Karamjit Singh, the undisputed King of Malaysian Rally with twelve overall titles under his belt.
a disastrous opening round, opening day performance in Manjung where
his Mitsubishi Lancer broke down early in the race, meant that even his
victory in the second day was not enough to see him in the top five
overall classification as the 15-car participation list heads for
"We have lot of catching up work to do from now
on. No more breakdowns and we have set ourselves a target of finishing
first in every race from now on," said Karamjit.
Kangar round will also see the young driver Kenneth Koh with the veteran
Jagdev Singh alongside him, racing in a brand new Proton Satria Neo,
which he hopes will help provide his fledgling career a boost.
Kenneth, 22 is a former Malaysian Rally Junior champion and was placed fifth overall in the 2012 Malaysian Rally Championship.
"I am still learning but I will get better each year and I hope the new car will give me the extra push," said Kenneth.