MRC2010: Karamjit Singh wraps up Round 2 of the Malaysian Rally Championship in style

Published on July 23rd, 2010

The renowned Karamjit Singh managed to secure another title win during the Malaysian Rally Round 2 which was held at Bandar Sri Jempol yesterday yet again.

With the rapid eye-coordination and quick wit of ┬áhis co-driver Douglas Pickering, they steered their GSR Pennzoil Racing Team’s Mitsubishi Lancer across the rugged terrains and came away unscathed to win the 155.4km race in a total time of 2hrs 07mins 30 secs.

They had secured the win during the opening round on Saturday and the day after, they were quick off the mark, capitalising on their nine minutes advantage over second place winner, Muhammad Rafiq Udhaya’s Subaru Impreza of MRU Motorsports to get another sip of victory grail again.

They clocked 54:21.0secs and added that to their opening round of 1hr:13 mins 09.6secs hence confirming Karamjit and Douglas Pickering as the clear winner.

“It’s a satisfying victory. Things went well for us on both days and in rallying you need a little bit of luck too. But I knew if we keep the car going without any mechanical problems, out overnight lead would be of great help,” added Karamjit.

Finishing second were Katsu Taguchi and his co-driver Jagdev Singh in another GSR Pennzoil Racing Team’s Mitsubishi Lancer with a total time of 2hrs 18mins 40.9secs while Muhammad Rafiq and Sean Gregory secured third placing in 2hrs 20mins 44.3secs.

As for Taguchi, the winner of the Malaysian Rally Opening Round in Johor Bahru two months back, it was a sweet comeback as he mauled Muhammad Rafiq yesterday to finish second after being placed third after the opening round.

With only twelve seconds difference separating Muhammad Rafiq and Taguchi going into Round Two yesterday but clearly the skills and experience of the Japanese ace, a former world rally championship participant, saw him through.

words & pix: MRC

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