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Proton considers IRC expansion

Proton considers running three cars on the IRC schedule
Team boss Chris Mellors has welcomed the addition of Giandomenico Basso to the Proton Motorsports team and revealed that the Anglo-Malaysian squad could add a third Satria Neo Super 2000 to its line-up on Intercontinental Rally Challenge events later this season.

Basso, a winner of four IRC rallies with Abarth in the past, was confirmed as a Proton driver last weekend and will contest a number of all-asphalt IRC rounds starting with next month's Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Ingles where he will join existing driver PG Andersson.

However, Mellors says Proton's attack could be expanded still further on selected events before the end of the season.

“We're delighted to have Giandomenico joining us for the IRC programme,” he said. “He comes with a wealth of experience of the sport at this level and there's no doubt he's going to give us an extra edge on the rallies where he's competing. This is an exciting time for Proton Motorsports. Not only have we finalised the IRC programme with this exciting development, we have the potential for a third car on some IRC rounds.”

Basso meanwhile has welcomed the move.

“When I tested the car in Italy, I felt two things,” he said. “I felt the car was good and I felt a warmth in the team. The car was easy to drive, which is really important, especially when you have events, which can have changeable conditions. Everything is very positive and it's great to be back working with a manufacturer.”


Tagged as: Mellors , Basso , Proton , IRC

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Tomhlord - Unregistered

April 01, 2011 9:45 AM

So how many drivers have pedalled the Satria Neo now...?!! Off the top of my head we have Basso, Panizzi, PG, McRae, Cave, Higgins, Atkinson, Wilkes, McShea, Cronin, Bouffier, The Stig not to mention tests for Duval & Rantanen....who next, Auriol...?!?!

Twin Cam Sam - Unregistered

April 02, 2011 8:45 AM

They want to concentrate on running two cars reliably, and getting them to the finish. Then concentrate on getting on the pace. Lost opportunity. McShea showed what the car could do on Rally Ireland, but after that, it's all gone downhill.



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