It was a record breaking set by Proton Motorsports after they have won a total of 8 titles in Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Round 6 in Longyou, Zhejiang, China. With driver’s title secured in the APRC main event, all they need is to finish in top form to clinch the manufacturer’s title, which they did in style. The rally was won by Alister McRae, finishing 6 seconds ahead of Jari Ketomaa of Finland who drives a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. Chris Atkinson meanwhile has to settle for third, but still two Proton Satria Neos in top three overall means great result for the Anglo Malaysia British team.
This means last weekend’s result has made Proton clinch a total of 8 titles, including FIA APRC driver’s title; APRC manufacturer’s title; APRC Teams Trophy; FIA Asia Cup Driver’s title; FIA Pacific Cup Driver’s title; Manufacturer’s title in the APRC Rally Cup for 2-wheel drive category; APRC Rally Cup 2-wheel drive Driver’s title; and APRC Junior Cup Driver’s title. This includes the Proton Satria 2WD prepared by CUSCO and driven by Karamjit Singh and Akira Bamba, took honors on the 2 wheel drive and Junior Cup titles.
A dominant show from Proton in the Satria Neo cars in APRC is indeed a great boost for Proton, after missing their chances in APRC last year and IRC due to reliability issues. But 2011 shows Proton’s dominance in the Asia Paciffic rallying, something which Proton took the chance very well, considering lack of participation from other manufacturers in Asia Pacific rallying, apart from Mitsubishi and Subaru. Still, 2011 marks a good year for Proton and it is hoped that the small and nimble yellow hatchback will continue to be a dominion form in the coming years. Perhaps time to introduce the 1.6 cc turbocharged engine?
We at Hanzo AutoBuzz would like to wish a massive congratulations to Alister McRae, Chris Atkinson, Chris Mellors and everyone from Proton Motorsports for their great achievement in 2011!