| Malaysia | 27 May 2017 | Asia Samachar |
Malaysian rally ace Karamjit Singh is expected to take part in the International Rally of Johor (IRJ) 2017, formerly known as the Malaysian Rally, in August.
However, he will not compete in the international regional competition called Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), which he won multiple times, as he lacked sponsorship.
“I’m only taking part in the Malaysian category cause my car is 10 years old and I don’t have any sponsors at all,” he told Asia Samachar.
In January, Asia Samachar reported that Karamjit, the Malaysian rally driving ace known as the Flying Sikh, had hoped to secure enough sponsorship to buy his own rally car compete regionally this year.
Turning 55 years this year, Karamjit felt he still had many years of competitive rally driving in him. In December 2016, he emerged champion for the 16th time at the Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC), dominating the two-wheel drive category in the Rally of Perak.
Karamjit is the 2002 FIA Production Car World Champion and the only Malaysian to win the Malaysian Rally (2001) will race in the MRC in his Gen 2 in the 4WD category.
Bernama reported that event would continue to stage two races, namely the 2017 Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC) hosted since 2001 and the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) hosted since 2005 (Aug 11-13).
The IRJ will host the second round of the MRC after the Rally of Perlis (May 13-14) and the third round of APRC after the New Zealand, Australia and China round, at the Johor Circuit in Pasir Gudang and Kota Tinggi.
Wheel Sport Management Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei hopes the re-branding would bring back the interest on rally race among Malaysians.
“Public interest in rally in Malaysia has declined over the past few years due to the escalating cost of competition and lack of support for the development and promotion of rally.
“However, we are happy to continue supporting the rally and started several grassroots and development programmes over the past few years.
“The Malaysian edition is known as toughest event in APRC calendar due to the weather and technically very demanding rally tracks, takes a lot of effort, energy and concentration to complete the course,” he was quoted in the Bernama report.
The DWau Motorsport BDRT team hopes to win the overall team championship in MRC as well as trying to make a debut in the APRC, said its team manager Khalid Rashid.
“We are the defending champion in the P9 and P11 class for last four years, so we will try to win the overall title this time. In Johor, we are a bit worried about the weather, otherwise we are ready for the challenge.”
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