Round 3 of the Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC) 2012 was held from the 13th to 15th of July, in Johor. This round, which was also an Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) event, saw a total entry of 36 cars braving the tough estates of Kota Tinggi. The GSR REPSOL AIR ASIA RALLY TEAM, had drivers Nathan Quinn from Australia, Fan Fan from China, Lohitt Urs from India and local hero, Karamjit Singh, on board to secure a successful consecutive victory for the team.
After a grueling three days, Nathan Quinn, together with navigator Nicole Gill, clinched the top position for the team, winning first overall and first in class P12 in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, beating Brian Green – Fleur Pedersen of New Zealand. Third overall position was secured by Karamjit Singh and navigator Vivek Ponnusamy, winning the class 9, in the 1.6 and below category, as well as first in 2WD. In true style of the “Flying Sikh”, Karamjit showed his skills by having a podium finish despite only driving a 2WD.
The GSR REPSOL AIR ASIA RALLY TEAM also won the 4th and 5th overall place, with drivers Lohitt Urs – Sujith Kumar, and Fan Fan – Fang Jun Wei, both with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 10.
Team owner and manager, Gunaseelan Rajoo, said, “We had an outstanding rally this weekend. Not only did we win the overall spot, but we also secured the top 5 positions. Additionally, all our 5 cars finished and that’s a huge achievement for us. Our team were very dedicated and worked very hard for this results. Big thanks to Team Coordinator, Ramona, and Team Chief Engineer, Faidzil Alang, for their tireless effort.”
For Repsol, UMW’s Executive Director of Manufacturing and Engineering Division, Encik Megat Shahrul Azmir said, “Congratulations to our rally team for winning Round 3 of the MRC, and for doing so well overall. With each victory we achieve, we further strengthen the fact that our lubricants are of superior quality, and is able to perform and deliver results under challenging, competitive conditions. It is great that Repsol have a winning combination here with The GSR Repsol Air Asia Rally Team, and I’m sure we will witness many more victories together in the Malaysian motorsports industry.”
words & pix: GSR REPSOL AIR ASIA RALLY TEAM