PROTON'S P.G. Andersson overcame a difficult and challenging Rally New Zealand yesterday to chalk up his second successive podium finish in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship (SWRC) contenders.
Andersson drove the Satria Neo S2000 to second place in the three-day rally after setting a blistering pace and competitive stage times.
The Swedish driver began promisingly on the first special stage of Leg 1, leading the S2000 class and posting eighth fastest time overall, just 1.4 seconds behind overall rally leader Petter Solberg in the world rally car.
The Satria Neo S2000 was again the fastest S2000 car on the third and final day of rallying which consisted of 22 special stages.
Rally New Zealand was run over a competitive distance of 413.94km. Leg 1 on Friday saw drivers taking on eight special stages with another seven special stages on Saturday. Yesterday's third and final leg was contested over seven special stages.
Andersson, who had rallied the Satria Neo S2000 to its maiden victory in the SWRC at his home rally in Sweden, is fourth in the FIA SWRC Drivers' standings after two rounds with 25 points, while teammate Alister McRae is eighth. The team had elected not to compete in the Rally of Portugal, the third round of the SWRC, due to commitments in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).
Despite enjoying competitive times, pacing himself to as high as fourth in the SWRC class and 12th overall, McRae was forced to bow out of the rally early due to mechanical problems.