Proton has won the Rally of Thailand, which happened over the weekend. Current British Rally Championship leader Tom Cave drove remarkably in his debut as a factory driver for Proton, setting fastest time in 11 of the rally’s 13 special stages.

Cave finished over 10 minutes ahead of Brian Green and Fleur Pedersen from Brian Green Motorsports and Wittaya Ruegchan/Pramote Somjarassuwan from the Thai Beer/Maxima Rally Team.

It was 21-year old Cave’s first time competing a rally in the Far East, having previously driven a privately-owned and works-supported Satria Neo S2000 on selected FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) events in 2011. It was also a return to the Rally of Thailand for Proton after many years of absence.

“The Satria Neo S2000 was very well suited to the grueling, tight and twisty terrain. We had an exceptionally good run and were able to stretch our lead from the very start and maintain a competitive pave throughout,” he said.

A candidate round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), Rally Thailand (Queen’s Cup) was contested over 13 grueling special stages both on gravel and tarmac, 250 km north of Bangkok in the region of Lop Buri. Totaling 220 km, the three-day rally began on Friday with a short super special stage before moving on to seven and five special stages on Saturday and Sunday respectively.