Published on October 2nd, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
ALISTER LEADS THE CHARGE FOR PROTON IN RALLY HOKKAIDO
PROTON was in dominant form in Rally Hokkaido with the two Satria Neo S2000s of Chris Atkinson and Alister McRae leading the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) contenders only to be struck by a series of misfortunes. Going to Japan with a chance of sealing this year’s APRC Driver’s title, Australian driver Atkinson led the rally until the ninth special stage of the day when he was forced into retirement with a blown engine. McRae meanwhile, had to concede second spot due to a puncture in the sixth special stage but was immediately back on pace recovering from fifth to finish the day in third amongst the APRC running cars. Going to Japan, PROTON leads the APRC Manufacturer’s title with 132 points, with Mitsubishi a close second with 119 points and Subaru a distant third place with 39 points.