Malaysian rally legend Karamjit Singh and co-driver Jagdev Singh with their 16-year-old national car Proton Gen2 – Photo: Komunitas Rally Indonesia / Adi Wibowo
By Asia Samachar | Malaysia |
Age is not an obstacle for Malaysian rally legend Karamjit Singh who once again made history by successfully winning three championships at the race in Muara Bungo, Jambi, Indonesia. The three-day race started on Friday.
The 60-year-old, known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, created a sensation by using a 16-year-old national car, Proton Gen2, to bag 12 trophies in the three championships he participated in with teammate and co-driver Jagdev Singh, reports Bernama.
The 2001 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) champion managed to dominate APRC 2022 in the fifth round of the M3 Sprint Rally event on Friday, before winning the Indonesian Rally Championship in the third and fourth rounds of the National Rally event on Saturday and Sunday.
Commenting on his achievement, Karamjit told the Malaysian news agency that even though he was using an “old machine”, it was not an obstacle for him to continue to make the country proud by beating a more sophisticated car worth RM1.5 million.
“I really have a passion for this, even though I don’t have a sponsor, I use my own money and an old machine, but I can still beat the more modern cars.
“Motorsports is expensive, but with the efforts and help from other competitors from Indonesia, I was able to achieve this success, and I want to chase many more successes,” he said.
The dynamic duo of Karamjit and Jagdev returned to the world of rally racing after almost four years due to the global pandemic.
At the same time, Karamjit said he also aimed to participate in the APRC next year by using the R5 Proton Iriz. He had previously participated in the Indonesian Rally Championship and the fourth round of the APRC 2022 in Lake Toba, Indonesia, but did not succeed in winning any categories due to the damage to his car.
Flying Sikh Karamjit Singh wins Malaysian National Rally Championship (Asia Samachar, 2 Aug 2022)
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