TAKES EARLY LEAD ON DAY ONE
31 October 2009, Sepang: Saladin Mazlan of
the Felda Rally Team finished Day One of the fourth Round of the
Malaysian Rally Championship 2009 (MRC) in first place ahead of
defending champion Karamjit Singh.
Saladin led from the outset in his Proton
Gen 2 and had widened the gap to 24.4 seconds by the end of the
“We are very happy with today’s
result. The car is running very well and if we have a good day tomorrow
we can finish first Overall and in the P12 and 4WD categories,”
Karamjit fought hard to make up lost ground
but the turbo of his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 was failing which slowed
him down considerably.
“We were fast enough in the short, twisty
stages but we were no match for Saladin on the long stretches,”
said co-driver Jagdev Singh.
A delighted Muhammad Rafiq Udhaya finished
third in his new Subaru Impreza. “Today was only our second
time racing this car, so we are still getting used its power. But
we are very happy with our performance so far,” he said.
GSR Pennzoil Racing Team Manager, Gunaseelan
Rajoo drove a conservative race and finished the first day in fourth
place without mishap.
Rain yesterday and again this morning made
the Stages very wet and slippery which caused havoc for many competitors.
Two of the four Felda Rally Team cars were out of the race by the
first Stage. Azmeer Yusri Yusoff hit a tree and did major damage
to his Proton Satria and Mohammad Zekri Ibrahim skidded off the
25 cars started the race and 16 finished today’s
Hong Kong couple Clayton Check and Tracy Li
were the fastest in the 2WD and P11 categories today with Mike Ariokiasamy
Ratnam behind them. Mike’s co-driver this Round is his 22
year old daughter. “Maruthi is vey new to Rally. She got her
first taste in the Rally Sprint a few weeks ago and now the MRC,
but she is a fast learner and enjoying the challenge,” Mike
Faidzal Alang was also happy with his performance.
The current leader of the P10 and Junior categories maintained his
lead over his competitors and was all smiles at the end of the day.
The Rally is being held in the oil
palm plantations of Ladang KLIA, Sepang. Competitors completed 12
Stages today totaling 286.65 km and will race another 194.43 km