PROTON powered to a crushing victory to win Rally of Thailand on Sunday.
Current British Rally Championship leader Tom Cave, 21, drove remarkably in his debut as a factory driver for Proton en route to setting fastest times in 11 of the 13 special stages, and to win by a margin of more than 10 minutes.
Piloting the Satria Neo S2000, Cave delivered a strong performance for Proton who were making a return to the Rally of Thailand after an absence of several years, finishing ahead of Brian Green and Fleur Pedersen from Brian Green Motorsports and Wittaya Ruegchan and Pramote Somjarassuwan from the Thai Beer/Maxima Rally Team.
It was Cave’s first time competing in the rally as well as in the Far East.
“It could not have ended better considering the many firsts. It was my first drive for Proton, my first visit to Rally Thailand and the Satria Neo S2000’s first time competing in the kingdom,” said an excited Cave, who had Craig Parry as his co-driver, and had previously driven a privately-owned and works-supported Satria Neo S2000 on selected FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) events in 2011.
A candidate round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, Rally Thailand (Queen’s Cup) was contested over 13 special stages both on gravel and tarmac, 250km north of Bangkok in the region of Lop Buri.