Last years Asia Pacific Rally Championship winner Karamjit Singh and Proton PERT finished 3rd in the FIA Production Car Class at World Rally Championship Rally of Argentina and 13th overall. This takes them to 2nd place in the production class championship with 14 points, in between Ferreyros (Mitsubishi), on 20 points, and Arai(Subaru) on 12.
Challenging for the lead in the latter stages of yesterday’s leg, Karam, suffered suspension damage on SS18, losing over a minute to leader Ramon Ferreyros. With so much time lost and four extremely difficult stages left to run Karam put forward a skilful and considerate drive today, to maintain position and bring the car safely home.
“To come here for the first time and finish third is good result for us” commented Singh, “especially as a lot of our competitors were either locals or have competed here before. This isn’t an easy rally and conditions have been so rough, especially with the re-run of leg one. The stages demand a mixture of driving skills and are very punishing to the car. Like other drivers we have had our fair share of bad luck, losing so much time due to suspension failure yesterday, the most we could do today was drive as carefully as possible and maintain our strong third position. To finish third in Argentina is a very positive result and we now look forward to our next round which will be the Safari Rally in Kenya”. Prior to the Safria Rally Singh and the PERT team will compete in Round 2 of the APRC Rally of New Caledonia 31 May – 2 June.