Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson piloted their Proton Satria Neo S2000 rally cars to a one-two victory at the China Rally Leg 2, one of the best results so far for the MEM developed cars. They were not the only Protons on the course too – they were joined by four rebadged Proton GEN2s under the Youngman Europestar badge.
“This is the result we’ve been waiting for and with all the development that has gone into enhancing the competitiveness of the Satria Neo S2000 and resolving earlier mechanical issues experienced, we now look forward to a better performance next year. There are still refinements to be made in several areas but overall the result in China proves that the Satria Neo S2000 has the capability and reliability to not only match the performance but stay ahead of the more superior turbocharged rally cars,” said team manager Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood.
The China victory has placed Proton in second place ahead of Subaru and behind Mitsubishi in the APRC manufacturer’s title. Only 24 of the original 44 entries which started the two-day rally completed the whole course which ran through the mountains and bamboo forests just outside Longyou City.
Look after the jump for a full gallery of the rally!
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