Tahniah kepada PROTON kerana telah berjaya memenangi perlumbaan Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) yang telah berlangsung di China. Sebagai anak Malaysia aku teramat bangga kerana PROTON telah berjaya memenangi tempat 1-2 dalam siri kejuaraan Rali Asia Pasifik (APRC). Kereta Proton Satria Neo S2000 yang dipandu oleh Alister McRae dan Chris Atkinson menunjukkan aksi cermelang pada perlumbaan kali ini. Kemenangan itu menjadikan kedudukan di tangga kedua keseluruhan buat PROTON dalam kategori pengeluar manakala McRae melonjak ke tangga ketiga kategori pemandu dalam penyertaan penuh sulung pasukan itu musim ini.
Berdiri di podium iaitu Chris dan Ben ditempat kedua.
Bukan mudah untuk mencapai kejayaan ini kerana banyak rintangan yang terpaksa mereka lalui. Pada awalnya mereka mendahului saingan tetapi McRee terpaksa menyerahkan kedudukan tersebut di tangga kedua pada penghujung saingan sejauh 25.53 KM iaitu laluan terpanjang dalam perlumbaan itu selepas jentera Satria NEO S2000 yang dipandunya mengalami masalah tayar.
Alister dan Bill ditempat pertama.
Kemenangan ini menaikkan lagi nama PROTON dan kereta Proton Satria Neo S2000 dimata dunia walaupun baru setahun jagung dengan teknologi yang masih didalam pembangunan. Ini bukanlah kali pertama kejuaraan buat PROTON dalam APRC kerana PROTON telah memenangi sebanyak tiga kali pada tahun 2001, 2002 dan 2004. PROTON juga telah memenangi FIA Production Car World Rally Championship pada tahun 2002
Team PROTON R3 Malaysia Rally menanti saat menerima pingat kejuaraan ditempat pertama dan kedua pada APRC 2010!
Aksi Proton Satria Neo S2000 dalam perlumbaan Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) di China.
MALAYSIA BOLEH! PROTON BOLEH!
Itulah semangat yang kita inginkan, diharap kejuaraan ini dapat dikekalkan pada masa akan datang dan ternyata kereta jenama Malaysia sangat bagus dan berkuaiti tinggi.
PS: Teringin nak pakai Satria NEO tapi tak mampu la pulak hehehe
Berikut adalah info-info dan petikan dari media massa lain.
“Ia adalah keputusan yang baik buat saya dan PROTON,” kata McRae. “Saya pernah mengatakan betapa Proton dan Satria Neo S2000 mampu menjuarai perlumbaan ini dan kini, kami berada di podium sekalipun berdepan pelbagai masalah. – Sumber B.Harian
“Kami berbangga dengan kemenangan ini dan ia membuktikan daya saing Satria Neo S2000 dan PROTON sebagai pengeluar kereta dalam arena rali antarabangsa,” kata Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan PROTON, Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir. “Kedudukan kedua boleh dibanggakan jika diambil kira ini musim pertama kami beraksi selepas memberi tumpuan terhadap ujian dan pembangunan.”- Sumber B.Harian
SUBANG JAYA, 8 November 2010: Rejoining international rallying after a five-year break, PROTON’s return to the coveted Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) has paid off handsomely when it emerged second in the Manufacturer’s Championship in its first full season.
A one-two finish at the recently-concluded China Rally last weekend by Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson reaffirmed the Malaysian car manufacturer’s resolve, determination and competitiveness in the global rallying arena as it placed itself between the traditionally-dominant manufacturers Mitsubishi and Subaru.
As an added bonus, the spirited drive by McRae also earned the Scottish driver third placing in the APRC Driver’s Championship and an even bigger cause for celebration at the PROTON camp.
Victory in China closes PROTON’s international rally campaign for the year on a high after seeing its drivers and the Satria Neo S2000 car endure a series of misfortunes that had often denied the team of more podium finishes.
“We are elated with this victory and it reaffirms the Satria Neo S2000 and PROTON’s competitiveness as a manufacturer on the international rally arena. Considering we had declared from the very beginning of the season that this year would be one that is devoted to testing and development, coming second in the APRC Manufacturer’s Championship is certainly a cause for celebration,” said PROTON Holdings Berhad Group Managing Director Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir.
“While our performance throughout the season has been hampered by a series of misfortunes, overall, we enjoyed a good outing in terms of brand building, awareness and international exposure based on the level of interest received from spectators, the international media and competitors alike.”
PROTON had competed in five of the six APRC rounds this year that began with the Rally of Malaysia, Rally of Japan, Rally of New Zealand and Rally of Australia. The team had looked forward to scoring more points in the Rally of Indonesia but the event was cancelled by FIA due to weather condition which was not fit for a rally event. Prior to China, PROTON’s best result was a second place in the Rally of New Zealand.
In addition to the APRC, the Satria Neo S2000 had also competed in this year’s Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) where it went head to head with the likes of more established Manufacturer Teams that included Peugeot, Skoda, Ford, Abarth Fiat, Honda as well as Mitsubishi and Subaru.
Acknowledging that to excel in international rallying requires time, investment and continuity, Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin said motorsports is one of several key strategies being pursued to establish PROTON as a global brand. Motorsports has proven to be an ideal and cost-effective platform for the company to generate greater brand awareness in the countries it exports its vehicles to. Equally important, it has also provided PROTON the opportunity to showcase the reliability, strength and performance of the Satria Neo.
“Motorsports builds an emotional bond between car manufacturers and enthusiasts, it helps to inject excitement into the brand or a particular model, it propels sales, it provides a platform in which technology and technical know-how can be used to enhance future road-going models, and as one excels it extends recognition and underlines brand superiority.”
In terms of exposure, both the APRC and IRC events command enormous publicity and television viewers worldwide to promote the PROTON brand globally. The APRC is available to television audiences in over 129 countries and in 2009, reached an audience of 390 million viewers. The IRC meanwhile, is broadcast via Eurosports TV in 59 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and America reaching 240 million television viewers. In addition, PROTON has also garnered enormous support, interest and following via the posting of updates on its rallies over social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
“Such is the popularity of the Satria Neo S2000 in both the APRC and IRC that an up-and-coming privateer is currently racing the car in the United Kingdom and more recently, a top Japanese team is also looking into the possibility of fielding the Satria Neo in next year’s Asia Cup category in the APRC,” Dato’ Haji Syed Zainal Abidin added.
PROTON last competed as a factory-backed team at the 2004 Rally of Canberra in which it finished fifth in the overall classifications. Throughout its years of international rallying, PROTON has won the APRC title three times in 2001, 2002 and 2004. In 2002 PROTON also won the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship on its debut.
In China, the Satria Neo S2000 stamped its competitiveness by being the only Super 2000 rally car to compete against a field largely dominated by the turbocharged Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Subaru Impreza rally cars.
In a rally so rough and one that had taken a heavy toll on so many competitors, only 24 of the original 44 starters completed the two-day event held in the mountainous region and bamboo forests just outside of Longyou city. The rally included the participation of manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Subaru, Volkswagen, Suzuki, Honda, Citroen, Peugeot, Cherry and BYD.
A further stamp of approval to PROTON’s success in China was also the debut of four Proton Gen2s that completed the 229.19km rally. The cars are known in China as the Europestar, under an OEM collaboration between PROTON and Zhejiang Youngman Passenger Car Group Co. Ltd.
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