This weekend is Rally Thailand (30 June – 1 July) an event that will be observed for inclusion in the 2013 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship.
Otherwise known as the Queens Cup, Thailand boasts an international line-up that includes New Zealander Brian Green and from the UK 21-year old Tom Cave driving a factory supported Proton Satria S2000.
The event, which starts on Friday June 29, will be Cave’s first outing as an official works driver for the Malaysian manufacturer, although he and co-driver Craig Parry are no strangers to PROTON. Cave drove a privately-owned and works-supported Satria S2000 on selected FIA World Rally Championship and Intercontinental Rally Challenge events in 2010 and demonstrated comparable pace to works drivers Alister McRae and Chris Atkinson.
Rally of Thailand is based in the town of Chai Badan, approximately 250Km north of Bangkok, in the Lop Buri region. Using gravel and tarmac roads, the rally sees the crews compete over 13 stages, totalling 220Km.
The event begins with a short superspecial stage close to the event base on the Saha Farms complex on the evening of Friday 29 June before seven stages on Saturday 30 June. There are five more stages on Sunday 1 July, with a second run through the superspecial to close the event.
More information available at: www.thailandrally.com