15 JULY 2012, JOHOR BAHRU- The conditions were tough and made worse by the overnight rain but Alister McRae kept his feet firmly planted on the ground to win the Malaysian leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Champion (APRC) under such difficult circumstances yesterday.
the wet weather continues to hover over the Tai Tak Estate route
yesterday, the participants knew very well that the challenges ahead
were going to be enormous but McRae and co-driver Bill Hayes in their
Proton Satria Neo 2000 sailed through the muddy terrain to win the race
in a total time of 2hrs 57mins 31.5secs.
Lying third after
Saturday's opening round, McRae went into Round 2 yesterday knowing
very well that he has to keep an eye on the road and make sure his
vehicle stay on course, which he did in style.
such a challenging race. But we came through in the end and I am happy
for the team and my co-driver. That's the nature of rallying. You win
some and you could lose some too," said McRae. Chris Atkinson in a Skoda
Fabia 2000 came in second with a total time of 3hrs 21mins 06.6secs
with Brian Green in a Subaru Impreza third in 3hrs 24mins 08.1secs.
and I had such an interesting tussle but in the end he won and my
congratulations to him. It was such a demanding race but in the end he
was better," said Atkinson.
The race also saw the
overnight leader Per-Gunnar Anderson of Sweden in a Proton Satria Neo
suffering an setback when his electronic system failed to function
which left him out of contention.
In a double swoop McRae
also won the Malaysian Rally Championship round with the Cusco Racing
team of Yuya Sumiyama and co-driver Naoki Kase in their Mitsubishi
Lancer Evo X coming in second in a time of 3hrs 13min 32.2secs while
third was Chris Atkinson and Stephane Prevot in their Skoda Fabia 2000.
Singh, the defending Malaysian Rally Championship winner, was fifth in
3hrs 24mins 56.6secs in his Proton Satria Neo 2000.
still a wide open race for the Malaysian Rally Championship. With two
more rounds to go, Malacca and Negeri Sembilan, there are still enough
points to fight for," he said.