Cusco Team 1-2 in APRC Malaysia
All competitors did survive and made it to the end of the rally, however everyone had a story to tell, none more so than fourth placed Malaysian, Abdul Kaathir, who’s co-driver Tri Arjuna had to visit the service-park ambulance after suffering from severe dehydration in the first loop of stages. Then near the start of stage 5 the pair crashed down a bank into a watery ditch, luckily not rolling over in the process. While they were out for the day, their 23-Motors team repaired the 2WD Proton Satria and got them back out on the Sunday stages and on to the finish ramp.
Malaysian Abdul Kaathir and co-driver Tri Arjuna crashed off on stage 5, but restarted for Sunday stages to finish 4th.
Abhilash PG from India also went off on stage five and into a ditch after struggling with a broken driveshaft. Abhilash’s PGA Motorsports team repaired the damage and got him and co-driver Musa Sherif back in the rally for Sunday and onto the finish podium in third place. There could have been even bigger problems for Sumiyama on day two, when he went off on stage 9 at a fast left and got stuck 50 metres from the road. Some hard work in the heat by co-driver Yasui got them out again, but they’d lost over two minutes to team-mate Young – the gap was now only 1 minute and 13 seconds. With a hint of a win, Young gave chase in the afternoon including winning the final test, but Sumiyama did enough to maintain the gap and bring his Skoda R5 first to the finish-line.
Abhilash PG from India went off on stage five and into a ditch after struggling with a broken driveshaft. Abhilash’s PGA Motorsports team repaired the damage and got him and co-driver Musa Sherif back in the rally for Sunday and onto the finish podium in third place.
“I won, but very lucky we could get back to road. Malaysia roads are very difficult but I’m very happy for our Cusco team,” Sumiyama said at the finish. After multiple DNFs, second place for Young and Read felt like a win. “This is for the Cusco team and TRD – they have worked so hard to get this point. This finish is for them,” said Young. APRC sponsor Wurth Malaysia presented the prizes at the finish, with Sumiyama now leading the Wurth Cup points as the APRC moves to his home event in Japan, the Rally of Hokkaido in September.
Würth Cup presentation