Malaysian Rally – It WILL be hot will it be wet too?

It WILL be hot, will it wet too?

Less than two weeks to go to Malaysian Rally ( and the entry list is out with Skoda Fabia S2000’s of Lappi and Gill at the top of the list.

Joining the full-time APRC contenders in Malaysia and fighting for the Asia Cup will be last years Asia Cup champion Yuya Sumiyama (Japan) and team-mate Shuhei Muta (Japan) in Cusco Subaru’s.

They’ll be joined by Japanese driver Tomohide Hasegawa in the Hasepro Mitsubishi and Thailand’s Chaiyan Longton in a Suzuki Swift.

Skoda driver Esapekka Lappi (Finland) leads the series with 78 points, Sanjay Takale (India) with 75 and in third place Gaurav Gill (India) 71.5.

Cusco team-mates Hiroshi Asakura (Japan) and Michael Young (New Zealand) are equal 4th , both on 28 points.



Talking points:

– Never having been to Malaysia, how will Lappi contend with the heat/humidity?

– Takale is almost on home ground (the Indian driver has extensive experience in Malaysia) and this he’s in a 4WD Subaru Impreza, can he stand on top of the podium?

– Gill has been a regular competitor at Malaysian Rally and has the fastest car (apart from team-mate Lappi) – he’d have to be favorite to win right??

Asakura’s first time in Malaysia and in a two-wheel car, just to make the finish will be a challenge –

especially if its wet. He showed plenty of grit and determination in Australia though.

– Young has a new co-driver for this event, Malcolm Read from New Zealand. Can he control the speed of his young charger?  How will the Toyota Vitz cope with the mud and slippery conditions?

– Weather is always a factor in Malaysia. It WILL  be hot, but the question is will it be wet too?

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