Proton started the first round in S2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) in Monte Carlo with heart breaking results, when two cars from Proton Motorsports were forced to retired, with Swedish driver PG Andersson retired with mechanical faults after leading for four out of five days of brutal rallying. However, the team are resilient enough to move on and a week before Rally of Sweden which took place last weekend, PG Andersson together with Proton participated in a local Norwegian snow rally with many other WRC stars in WRC spec Fiesta and C3, who like PG, decided to take that as a warm up prior to this round. The good news is PG fared well as he finished 4th overall and won the SWRC class.
With confidence, Proton Motorsports fielded two drivers with APRC 2011’s driver champion, Scottish Alister McRae, joins PG to assault the only snow rally in the WRC calender. After four days of snow rallying, PG secured first position in the SWRC and finished 12th in overall standings, while Alistair, who went offroad on day two and forced to restart on the following day, finished the rally 7th in SWRC and 38th overall. This marks the first ever victory in the SWRC for PG and a double finish for both Protons. A sign that the yellow Satria Neo S2000 as finally improved and performed decently in world rallying, especially after a frustrating start at the 2012 season in Monte Carlo. The winner of the Swedish rally is Finnish driver Jari-Matti Latvala on the Ford Fiesta.
The next rally for the SWRC (a support rally series for the WRC) will be at Rally Portugal on 29 March–1 April 2012. Finally, our congratulations to PG and team Proton Motorsports for a well deserved victory in Sweden!