British Champion to drive Proton at Rally Scotland

Keith Cronin will rejoin the Proton team in a second Satria Neo S2000 for the RACMSA Rally of Scotland next weekend, the penultimate round in the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

Cronin, who recently captured his second MSA British Rally Championship title, took in the Barum Czech Rally Zlin in late August and he recorded a succession of top ten stage times, before he crashed out.

This will be his first outing with the Satria Neo S2000 on gravel and he has said he will take it easy to begin with.

“Having driven this car on the asphalt in the Czech Republic, I absolutely can’t wait to get into it on the gravel,” he said. “I did this event last year, but beyond the pace notes I made, I didn’t really get far enough into the event to get much experience.

“It’s good to have a team-mate like Alister [McRae], I think he’ll probably have a good idea of what’s going on up here.

“In one way I’m starting again driving this car for the first time on gravel, but in another way I’m a step ahead from Barum Rally already, I’m more familiar with the car and with what’s going on inside the cockpit, just a bit more familiar with the workings of the machine.

“My approach will be the same as Barum, I’ll start out quite steady and see how we go. At the end of the event, I’d like to think we’re going to be aiming for a top-five result.”

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