PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's Karamjit Singh's bid to retain the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) received a major boost when he moved up to third place after yesterday's second leg of the Rally of Rotorua in New Zealand.
Placed fourth after Friday’s first leg, Karamjit and co-driver Alleh Oh of the Petronas EON Racing Team closed the gap on race leader Bruce Herbert of New Zealand, who is driving a Subaru Impreza, to two minutes going into today's third and final leg.
In the first leg, Karamjit lost precious time due to the wrong choice of brake pads.
This is Karamjit's first outing in the APRC after missing the opening round in Canberra because of lack of funds in April.
“It's been a whirlwind performance by Karamjit and co-driver Allen Oh (yesterday), and just the performance we had expected from him after a careful and strategic start on the first day of the rally,” said PERT team manager Datuk Abdul Razak Dawood.
“Karamjit is now in an ideal position to challenge for victory in the final leg.”