16 February 2012: PROTON, which has a franchise portfolio of 75 dealerships throughout the UK, has enjoyed its first ever victory in the 2012 FIA Super World Rally Championship (S-WRC).
With Per Gunnar Andersson claiming a dominant drive in the Satria Neo S2000, he finished more than three minutes clear of his nearest rival in Rally Sweden.
“What a phenomenal weekend it has been and a well deserved victory for PROTON after only two rounds of the S-WRC. We knew that we had a very competitive car at the very start of the season in Monte Carlo and we have proven just that in Sweden. The Satria Neo S2000 was dominant throughout the weekend,” said Andersson, who looks back on what could have possibly been two victories in two rounds (of the Championship) for PROTON had it not been for an engine fire three stages to the finish at the season-opening Monte Carlo Rally. Rally Sweden attracted the participation of 85 entries and covered a competitive distance of 360km over four days.
PROTON’s best finish up until now had been second place at the 2009 IRC Rally of Scotland, although the Satria Neo S2000 did go on to dominate and win the 2011 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) driver’s and manufacturer’s titles.
With Monte Carlo and Sweden now over, PROTON is due to compete in another three of the seven S-WRC rounds in 2012.
I am a biggest fan of TV Series Top Gear. On this video you can see the Proton Satria Neo S2000 were used for the competition between Top Gear UK and Australia. Enjoy the video!
p/s: Top draw! Nice after modification for rally.