PROTON OUT TO EXERT DOMINANCE ON HOME RALLY

Published on April 1st, 2011

Nothing would be sweeter than victory on home ground for PROTON, as the team’s newly-charged Satria Neo S2000s sets its sights on a more dominant performance at the Malaysian Rally which starts tomorrow (Friday, 1 April 2011).

Armed with greater performance and an entirely new suspension set-up, drivers Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson will be at the helm of PROTON’s two-car assault in Johor this weekend which is also the opening round of the 2011 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).

Day 1 of the rally begins with a short 2.5km sprint on a super special stage for spectators at the Angsana Shopping Complex in Tampoi, Johor Baru.

“We led this event last year and I really think we’ve got what it takes to win in Malaysia and that goes for the whole championship…I can’t wait to get going with this one,” said Alister.

Leading the Malaysian Rally in 2010, a jump had severely damaged the Satria NEO S2000’s radiator denying Alister of an outright victory.

Team mate Atkinson on the other hand, clearly demonstrated the Satria Neo S2000’s competitiveness when he fought back from being 18 minutes behind due to an electrical problem, to finish 4th overall.

Benefitting from vast suspension and engine enhancements, both drivers expect the Satria NEO S2000 to put on a much more dominant performance this weekend in front of the home crowd.

“The change in suspension gives us greater confidence and better traction while revisions to the engine now provides us with more horsepower and offers consistent torque throughout the rev range. These improvements have really honed the whole package, and everything flows much better and feels more natural,” said Atkinson.

The Malaysian Rally has attracted a total of 38 entries, with 11 cars competing for APRC points.

Day 2 of the rally involves seven special stages, with another seven special stages being run on the third and final day.

words & pix: PROTON

Comments

  1. Posted by Taka on April 1st, 2011, 20:25

    Neo S2000 in action in their Home. Do The best! Traffic!, some video please.. like what you did on Formula Drift/ hehehe 😉

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on April 4th, 2011, 19:25

    maybe on the next one since we didnt bring the dvdcam that day. sorry!

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