The Malaysian based automaker Proton has recently marked its WRC return by entering the Monte Carlo Rally.
After going through some tough times with its stakes being sold by the Malaysian government, Proton has recently announced its return to the World Rally Championship (WRC) by entering the competition at the Monte Carlo Rally for the opening round of the 2012 FIA Super World Rally Championship (S-WRC). For those of you who didn’t know, Proton has won this competition ten years ago and despite all of its problems, the manufacturer might pull a surprise this year on us because in 2011 it was crowned champion in the APRC (Asia Pacific Rally Championship).
“We start the Monte Carlo Rally and the 2012 S-WRC season with what is a winning car, having clinched last year’s APRC title, and give the positive results we have achieved in testing throughout the winter break, we look forward to a strong competitive season ahead”, said the head of Proton Motorsports, Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood.
Two drivers will lead Proton’s return to WRC, Giandomenico Basso and Per Gunnar Andersson and as a reminder, the S-WRC is a companion series to the WRC, being driven on the same special stages. Proton has announced its participation in five of the seven S-WRC rounds this year and some privateers might also get behind the wheel in the Satria New S2000.