Friday October 5, 2012
Proton’s Andersson out to extend lead at the Rally of France
PETALING JAYA: Proton Motorsports will be competing in the Rally of France this weekend for their first tarmac round of the FIA Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) since January’s Monte Carlo Rally.
The team will be looking to extend their advantage at the top of the table against main rivals who are fielding cars from Ford and Skoda.
Swedish driver Per Gunnar Andersson continues to lead the SWRC standings in the Proton Satria Neo S2000 with 76 points after six rounds. Hayden Paddon (New Zealand) is second with 68 points in the Skoda Fabia S2000 while Irishman Craig Breen is third with the same number of points in the Ford Fiesta S2000.
Andersson has a wealth of experience on sealed surfaces, having won tarmac events on his way to two Junior World Rally Championship titles earlier in his career.
Proton have been on the podium in four out of the six SWRC rounds run so far this season – an exceptional achievement for the team and the Satria Neo S2000 in its first year at the highest level of rallying.
The Rally of France this weekend comprises 22 special stages and covers 404.14km.