Ini adalah berita yang cukup membanggakan & menggembirakan kita, pemandu pasukan Proton, PG Andersson yang memandu jentera Satria Neo S2000 sedang mendahului kategori FIA Super World Rally Championship (S-WRC). Selain itu pasukan Proton juga berada pada kedudukan ke-9 keseluruhan termasuk pasukan yang bertanding dalam kategori WRC. Mereka berada pada mulanya hanya 23 saat dihadapan Kevin Abbring yang memandu Skoda Fabia S2000 tetapi telah berjaya melebarkan jurang masa kepada 1 minit 40 saat. Sebastien Loeb kini sedang mendahului keseluruhan perlumbaan.
PROTON STRETCHES LEAD IN MONTE CARLO RALLY
PROTON’s PG Andersson piled on the pressure and stepped up his game in the Monte Carlo Rally to stretch his lead in the 2012 FIA Super World Rally Championship (S-WRC) category.
Combing the icy roads through snow, rain and fog, Andersson’s Satria Neo S2000 held on to 9th overall and extended his overnight lead from 23 seconds to some 1 minute 40 second over his nearest S-WRC rival Kevin Abbring in the Skoda Fabia S2000.
Abbring dropped two places to 12th overall with Irishman Craig Breen in the Ford Fiesta S2000 3rd in the S-WRC class and 15th overall, a further five minutes behind. Frenchman Bryan Bouffier in the Peugeot 207 S2000 retains 4th place in the S-WRC class but moved up to 18th overall.
Reigning world champion Sebastien Loeb continued to dominate the Monte Carlo Rally to lead by more than two minutes ahead of Spain’s Dani Sordo in the Mini. Sordo however, took advantage of third placeman Petter Solberg’s misfortunes to build a gap of more than a minute. Solberg had damaged the wheel of his Ford Fiesta and subsequently suffered a puncture.
The third day of rallying was contested over three special stages in the mountainous region of Southern France which included tackling what is reputed to be one of the most difficult stages of the Monte Carlo Rally, the 24.13km Cimetiere de Vassieux – Col de Gaudissart.
“It’s looking good but with five more special stages and two days of rallying ahead, it will come down to a test of nerves. Andersson is on course for what has been a phenomenal debut for PROTON on the World Rally Championship, and the team’s extending all the support to see him to the finish,” said Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood, the Head of PROTON Motorsports.
Results as at SS13:
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
- Sebastien Loeb Citroen 3hours:31min.25
- Dani Sordo Mini +2min.12s
- Petter Solberg Ford +3min.19s
- Mikko Hirvonen Citroen +3min.43s
- Evgeny Novikov Ford +4min.28s
- Francois Delecour Ford +6min.39s
- Pierre Campana Mini +7min.45s
- Ott Tanak Ford +8min.44s
- PG Andersson Proton +13min.20s
- Armindo Araujo Mini +14min.40s
* Semakin mantap jentera S2000 ni, dah boleh bersaing dengan jentera WRC tu, harap Proton menang pusingan kali ni, Go Proton!!!