Alister McRae has won the Malaysian Rally 2012, making it his first win of the 2012 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) season. The win also saw Proton defending its Malaysian Rally crown, which was won by Chris Atkinson last year.
Driving the Proton Satria Neo S2000, the defending ARPC champion finished second overnight at the end of Leg 2. He was fastest on the opening stage of the third and final leg, completing the 12.46 km Tai Tak Court House stretch in 10 minutes 37 seconds, three seconds faster than teammate PG Andersson.
Andersson retired at the end of special stage 10; he was leading the rally. As a result of the retirement, Proton R3 Cusco Rally Team’s Karamjit Singh was promoted to third while teammates Akira Bamba and Kenneth Koh moved up to seventh and ninth respectively.
At the end of the race, Alister McRae crossed the finish line in 2 hours 57 minutes 31.5 seconds. Chris Atkinson, in the Skoda Fabia S2000, secured second place 25 minutes 25.1 seconds behind the leader. While Brian Green in the Subaru Impreza WRX STi finished third with a time of 3 hours 24 minutes 8.1 seconds.