SYAFIQQ Ali and James Veerapan finished with a win each to hand Proton a third successive victory in Class 2 for production cars up to 1600cc in the Malaysian Touring Car Championship.
Starting from pole, Syafiq steered his 1600cc Satria Neo to victory in style, fending off stiff competition despite losing fifth gear midway to complete the 10-lap race in 24:29.009s.
Veerapan won the second 10-lap race at the Sepang International Circuit clocking 24:42.413s. He was seven seconds ahead of Soh Kee Koon in a Toyota Altis and Alvaro Mourato in a Satria Neo.
"This weekend was another triumphant effort from the boys at R3 and Proton Motorsport. The team gathered around a problem that came on race day and adapted to the situation through innovation and passion for the sport. And the result is back-to-back wins," said Veerapan.
Unlike Round 2 which was run as a one-hour endurance race, Round 3 was run as two 10-lap sprint races with twice the number of championship points up for grabs.
"I qualified on pole position in our class, had a very good start and managed to pull into the lead. But on lap five, I lost fifth gear. However, I managed to hold on and finished the race as the winner," said Syafiq.
"Our two race victories have significantly strengthened our claim for the title this year."
Victory in three rounds not only underlined the Satria Neo's competitiveness in circuit racing and rallying, but reaffirmed its reputation as a race-winning contender.