Japanese rally driver Toshi Arai (above) won his home rally at Hokkaido yesterday, finishing ahead of his illustrious APRC rivals. Compatriot Katsu Taguchi of MRF Tyres finished the rally in second place, but was 1st under APRC classification. He was followed by Cusco Racing’s Hiroshi Yanagisawa and Indian teammate Gaurav Gill. This makes it two 1st place out of two for Taguchi in Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2010, after winning the Malaysian Rally back in April.
Rally of Hokkaido Day 1 saw local boy Toshi Arai (above) leads the standing in a day full of setbacks and disappointments for many team and drivers.
Finally Racerevo will wrap things up on last week’s APRC coverage as we pay tribute to the winner of the 10th Malaysia Rally and Asia Pacific Rally Championship Round 1 at Kota Tinggi, Johor, Katsu Taguchi. Afternoon session of the second day saw many drivers paced themselves to the finish line, knowing the twisty and narrow course of Tai Tak Plantation plus the treacherous conditions had claimed many retirements. Continue reading as we wrap up our coverage from the action packed weekend and what the drivers have to say about this rally event.
APRC Malaysian round continues on the second and last day with Alister McRae winning stage 9, just beating Katsu Taguchi by 2 seconds. But it turns out to be a disastrous day for McRae after his Satria Neo S2000 engine broke down in stage 11 caused by a damaged radiator. It’s now solely up to Chris Atkinson to get a result for the PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team.
Day one continues with PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team performing well in stage 8 and 9. Chris Atkinson claimed stage 8 victory while Alister McRae won in stage 9, adding another stage win to the one he won earlier in the morning.
4 early stages of today’s race at Kota Tinggi saw Gaurav Gill of India took early initiatives, winning 3 stages.
From left to right : Chris Atkinson, Katsu Taguchi and Alister McRae
Lets hear what the drivers have to say about yesterday’s shakedown and their expectations for this weekend race.
Buckle up motorsport fans, new season of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) is just a few days away and round one will be contested in Kota Tinggi, Johor together with the 10th Malaysian Rally. Malaysia’s very own PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally Team has sounded an early warning with the unveiling of former World Rally Championship driver Chris Atkinson and also Alister McRae, brother of former WRC champion Colin McRae. They both will be piloting the Proton Satria Neo S2000.