Here are some updates on what happened to Proton’s involvement in BTCC and IRC lately. Two weekends ago was round seven of the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) in Knockhill and the Proton Gen-2 of Welch motorsports was in their second race of the season. The car did shock everyone when it was the fifth fastest in first practice and the sixth fastest in second practice. However, things were different on the three races, where sadly the Proton suffered its first retirement on the first race due to mechanical issue.
Luckily the car was repaired for race two in which driver Daniel Welch managed 16th place out of 18th finishers. In race three, the Proton Gen-2 did reasonably better by finishing at 12th out of 17th finishers, just 2 position shy from points finish. The next race will be at Rockingham on 18th September. We wish the team better luck over there.
Meanwhile, for the Proton Motorsports team in Intercontinental Rally Championship (IRC), last week was round 9 at Mecsek Rallye (Hungary). After promising results from the previous rally on Barum, it was the same old story for the Proton Satria Neo S2000 in Hungary. Giandomenico Basso’s rally ended after crossing the flying finish of SS1. Engine failure was suspected as oil filter seal which caused the oil to leak out damaging the engine. Team mate PG Andersson did not have a great rally as well. Went off the road and ended 21st on S2000 class after SS2, before finally retired due to mechanical issue on SS6.
Disappointments aside, the next round will be Rally San Remo, Italy on 22-24 September 2011.