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Top trio test for Proton

Proton tests three drivers for the 2010 IRC season, including former WRC runner Francois Duval
Proton has continued its preparations for the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season by putting three leading drivers through their paces during a test in Wales. 



Finns Anton Alen and Matti Rantanen and Belgian Francois Duval all drove a Proton Satria Neo Super 2000 at the Sweet Lamb test facility in Wales.

"We had three great drivers who gave us some very positive and valuable feedback,” MEM team boss Chris Mellors said. “From our point of view one of the most encouraging things is that we put the equivalent of a world championship rally distance on the car without having to do any work to it." 



Alen, who is considering Proton as one of his options for next season's IRC, said he was impressed by the car.

"The car felt very stable and the engine had a really good spread of torque right from the bottom all the way to the top," he said. 



A couple of days after the test, Duval slipped on some ice at home in Belgium and broke two vertebrae in his back. He is expected to recover fully, but will be out of action for at least eight weeks.



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ForzaCockermouth

December 29, 2009 11:05 AM

As Alister McRae was not testing then, does this mean he is a shoe in for one of the 2 cars proposed to be run next year on IRC? Matti Rantanen would be my choice for the other car. Anton Alen, has not delivered what was expected of him, and Duval makes Wilks seem like a PR persons dream!



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