Karamjit Singh charged to the top of the championship standings in the 2WD class at the Rally of New Caledonia, which is part of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), on Sunday. Karamjit won the 2WD category and finished ninth overall to lead the APRC standings with 78 points after competing in two of the three rounds (he skipped the Malaysian round).
Chris Atkinson and co-driver Stephane Prevot claimed victory for Proton in a Satria Neo S2000 ahead of Pertamina Cusco Racing’s Rifat Sungkar in the more powerful turbocharged Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Karamjit also secured a much deserved victory in last month’s International Rally of Queensland and the Flying Sikh is fired up to continue his domination in the remaining rounds of the championship. Karamjit was initially doubtful of competing as financial resources were at a minimum. To add to his worries, his regular co-driver Vivek Ponnusamy of India, was not able to obtain his entry visa on time. After negotiating a super economical race package from the team and having a friend, co-driver Jason Farmer of New Zealand volunteering his services, there was no looking back for the local rally ace.
Driving a CUSCO tuned Proton Satria Neo 2WD, the former multiple APRC champion had an eventful weekend battling other world class drivers in extremely hot and desert-like conditions. “It’s an amazing feeling. It feels great to come back here and win. “The car ran well and I knew I had enough pace to manage the car home safely past the finish line,” he said.
The next round of the APRC will be held in New Zealand from July 15–17. If all goes well, Karamjit is hoping to be there to keep his title hopes alive.