KUALA LUMPUR: China’s Fan Fan, the winner of the Malaysian leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship last year, has confirmed his participation in the second round of the Malaysian Rally Championship in Kangar this weekend.
Fan Fan, who was a familiar name in Malaysian rally in the 90s, has pushed competitive rallying to the background to concentrate on his online business in the past couple of years.
“But I guess he has a bit more time on his hands now and that’s why he accepted our invitation to race in Malaysia this weekend. He is such a talented driver and his victory in the Malaysian leg of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in Johor Baru in April last year is proof of that.
“I am sure he will give the rest a fight in his Mitsubishi Lancer,” said Gunaseelan Rajoo, leader of the GSR Repsol-Air Asia team under which Fan Fan and his co-driver Fang Jun Wei will be racing in.
But for now, New Zealand’s Brian Green and co-driver Brian Fleur of the MRU Racing team, are the leaders after their impressive opening round performance in Manjung, Perak, two months ago.
There is also 2011 Malaysian Rally champion Muhammad Rafiq Udhaya in his Subaru Impreza. He and co-driver Sean Gregory are second in the standings and given his experience, he will always be a threat.
“I always believe that if you prepare the car well and drive to the best of your ability, and don’t take unneccessary risks, there is always a chance,” said Muhammad Rafiq.
And then there is Karamjit Singh, the undisputed king of Malaysian Rally with 12 overall titles under his belt.
But a disastrous opening round in Manjung, where his Mitsubishi Lancer broke down early in the race, meant that even his victory on the second day was not enough to see him in the top-five overall classification as the 15-car participation list heads for Kangar.