Proton Motorsports

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Proton Motorsports is rally team of car manufacturer Proton, currently competing with the Proton Satria Neo S2000 in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship. The team partner is British based Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM).

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Proton participated in international rally events such as the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge season with the Proton Satria Neo Super 2000. Their best result in IRC is Alister McRae finish 2nd place at the 2009 Rally Scotland. Drivers in 2009 were Guy Wilks, Bryan Bouffier and Alister McRae scoring 13 points.

In 2010 Proton team had many retirements and did not scored a single point. Drivers for 2010 were Alister McRae, Chris Atkinson, Niall McShea, Keith Cronin, Gilles Panizzi and a privateer with factory support, Tom Cave. The best result from the 2010 season was Gilles Panizzi secured 22nd place at the 2010 Rallye Sanremo, although it was the only finish for the Proton Satria Neo S2000 in that season.

For opening round of the 2011 IRC season, the famous Rallye Monte Carlo Proton entered two cars. Chris Atkinson retired at the first special stage and Per-Gunnar Andersson at second special stage.

In November 2011, Proton tasted its sweetest victory yet, at the China Rally where it clinched the Asia Pacific Rally Championship driver’s and manufacturer’s titles and capped off a dominant season for the Malaysian car maker.

Alister McRae drove the Proton Satria Neo S2000 to its fourth victory of the season in six rounds when he completed the three-day China Rally ahead of Finnish driver Jari Ketomaa in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X with team mate Chris Atkinson finishing third to make it an all Proton 1–2 in the APRC driver’s championship.

The Satria Neo S2000’s dominant performance all year long also crowned Proton winner of the coveted APRC manufacturer’s championship ahead of Mitsubishi with Subaru finishing the 2011 season a distant third.

The results in China also saw Proton become the first car manufacturer to win all eight major individual titles in the FIA APRC which includes: the overall FIA APRC driver’s title; FIA APRC manufacturer’s title; the FIA APRC Teams Trophy; the FIA Asia Cup driver’s title; the FIA Pacific Cup driver’s title; the manufacturer’s title in the FIA APRC Rally Cup for two-wheel drive category; the FIA APRC Rally Cup two-wheel drive driver’s title; and FIA APRC Junior Cup driver’s title.

IRC Results[edit]

Year Car Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 WDC Points WMC Points
2009 Proton Satria Neo S2000 United Kingdom Guy Wilks MON BRA KEN POR BEL
Ret
RUS
5
POR
11
CZE
Ret
ESP
22
ITA
13
SCO 7th* 15* 5th 13
France Bryan Bouffier MON BRA KEN POR BEL RUS POR CZE
Ret
ESP ITA SCO 0
United Kingdom Alister McRae MON BRA KEN POR BEL RUS POR CZE ESP ITA SCO
2
12th 13
2010 Proton Satria Neo S2000 Australia Chris Atkinson MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL
Ret
AZO
DNS
MAD CZE ITA SCO CYP 0 0
United Kingdom Alister McRae MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL
Ret
AZO
DNS
MAD CZE ITA SCO
Ret
CYP 0
United Kingdom Niall McShea MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL AZO MAD CZE
Ret
ITA
DNS
SCO CYP 0
Republic of Ireland Keith Cronin MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL AZO MAD CZE
Ret
ITA SCO
Ret
CYP 0
France Gilles Panizzi MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL AZO MAD CZE ITA
22
SCO CYP 0
United Kingdom Tom Cave MON BRA ARG CAN ITA BEL
Ret
AZO MAD CZE ITA SCO
Ret
CYP 0
2011 Proton Satria Neo S2000 Australia Chris Atkinson MON
Ret
CAN FRA UKR BEL AZO CZE HUN ITA
Ret
SCO CYP 0 7th 41
Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson MON
Ret
CAN
24
FRA UKR
Ret
BEL
19
AZO CZE
9
HUN
Ret
ITA SCO
Ret
CYP 37th 2
Italy Giandomenico Basso MON CAN
11
FRA UKR
Ret
BEL
Ret
AZO CZE
13
HUN
Ret
ITA
10
SCO CYP 31st** 5**
Ukraine Oleksandr Saliuk MON CAN FRA UKR
Ret
BEL AZO CZE HUN ITA SCO CYP 0
United Kingdom Alister McRae MON CAN FRA UKR BEL AZO CZE HUN ITA SCO
Ret
CYP 0

**Including 10 points that Wilks scored with Škoda Fabia S2000 at Rally Scotland. **Including 2 points that Basso scored with Peugeot 207 S2000 at Rallye Monte Carlo.

SWRC results[edit]

Year Car No. Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 SWRC Points
2012 Proton Satria Neo S2000 33 Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson MON
Ret
SWE
1
POR NZL
2
FIN
1
GBR
6
FRA
3
ESP
2
2nd 91
34 Italy Giandomenico Basso MON
Ret
NC 0
United Kingdom Alister McRae SWE
7
NZL
Ret
13th 6
Finland Juha Salo FIN
3
8th 15
United Kingdom Tom Cave GBR
2
7th 18
Austria Andreas Aigner FRA
4
11th 12
United Kingdom Alastair Fisher ESP
4
6th 22

* Season in progress.

APRC results[edit]

Year Entrant Driver Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 APRC Points
2010 Proton R3 Malaysia United Kingdom Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000 MAL
Ret
JPN
Ret
NZL
2
AUS
Ret
NCL IDN CHN
1
3rd 78
Australia Chris Atkinson MAL
4
JPN
Ret
NZL AUS
Ret
NCL IDN CHN
2
5th 48
2011 Proton Motorsport United Kingdom Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000 MAL
3
AUS
4
NCL
3
NZL
5
JPN
2
CHN
1
1st 153
Australia Chris Atkinson MAL
1
AUS
Ret
NCL
1
NZL
1
JPN
Ret
CHN
2
2nd 139
2012 Proton Motorsport United Kingdom Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000 NZL
4
NCL
Ret
AUS
2
MYS
1
JPN
Ret
CHN
1
2nd 120
Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson NZL
2
NCL
Ret
AUS
4
MYS
Ret
JPN CHN 7th 55
Finland Juha Salo NZL NCL AUS MYS JPN
Ret
CHN
5
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