IS 2009 MRC CHAMP
6 December 2009, Bukit Merah, Perak: Karamjit
Singh is the Overall Champion of the Malaysian Rally Championship
2009 (MRC). Karamjit managed to maintain his lead over rival, Saladin
Mazlan and finished the fifth and final Round 1 minute 20.9 seconds
ahead in a total time of 1hour 27 minutes 58.4 seconds.
With this win, Karam scored enough points
to win a bevy of trophies including Overall Champion, Championship
Driver and first in the 4WD and P12 categories. His co-driver, Jagdev
Singh won the Championship Co-driver award.
“I am very happy to have won. Saladin
gave us a good fight and kept us on our toes. We were going flat
out to win. It is very enjoyable to be back to rallying at 100%,”
Karamjit said he would continue to rally next
year. “This is my eleventh championship win and I hope to
win another five or six times before I retire,” he said.
Karamjit is the lead driver for the GSR Pennzoil
Racing Team which clinched the Team category trophy.
Team Manager, Gunaseelan Rajoo finished third
today giving him third Overall, and second in the 4WD and P12 categories
for the Season. Guna was elated at the team’s performance.
He said the team will enter a new car and driver in next year’s
MRC. “We have a new Mitsubishi Evo 10 and we are talking to
some international drivers. I am hoping to semi-retire and just
compete in some rallies.”
Saladin Mazlan of the Felda Rally Team finished
the Season second overall and third in the 4WD and P12 categories.
Saladin and co-driver Arish had planned on winning this round but
mechanical problems slowed them down. “I don’t like
to give excuses for not winning,” said Saladin. “Karam
won fair and square. But we will come out stronger next year.”
Newcomer, Faidzal Alang finished a spectacular
first year of rallying taking home the P10 and Junior category trophies
for the Season. He also tied for first place with Hong Kong driver
Clayton Check in the 2WD category. Mike Ariokiasamy Ratnam was the
Check took the P11 category for the
Season, Jamaluddin Tukumin the P9 category and Indian driver, Arjun
Rao was the N4 category winner.