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Published on June 16th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez



The Asia Pacific Rally Championship takes Pennzoil GSR Racing Team to the tropical paradise island of New Caledonia this week. Despite being more renowned for its holiday destination, New Caledonia shall be hosting Round 3 of the APRC and one of its biggest sporting event this 17th to 19 June 2011. Participating under the 2 Wheel Drive A6 class, Pennzoil GSR Racing Team shall be looking to retain the A6 title they won at Round 1 and Round 2 of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship held in April in Johor and Queensland, Australia in May.
With class leader Akira Bamba not participating in New Caledonia, Gunaseelan Rajoo currently in second place under the 2 Wheel Drive class after two rounds, would be eyeing to finish at the top of the race to retain a good lead for the Championship.  However Gunaseelan Rajoo would be facing stiff competition from fellow Malaysian Karamjit Singh who is currently third in position as well as from locals Emmanual Guigou and Eric Riandet who have an advantage of knowledge of the track.
12 times New Caledonia Rally Champion, Jean-Louis Leyraud, advised all international drivers to be ready for a hard working weekend, contrary to the perfect heaven holiday the island offers. He explained “The rally event would be difficult with slippery soil and unforeseeable road dips that may affect the driver’s judgment and speed”.
Gunaseelan Rajoo said “We had a good trial run despite the challenging roads. We do hope that it does not rain this weekend, otherwise it will be tough. But come what may, the car has been tested, and it is all ready and we are feeling confident”. Gunaseelan Rajoo also took the opportunity to thank the team’s sponsors UMW PENNZOIL MALAYSIA, AIR ASIA, YOKOHAMA TYRES, AND CUSCO for their support and confidence.

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