Team MRF target another APRC win in Malaysia - RallySport Magazine

After winning all three rounds of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) so far this season, the dominant Team MRF squad are eyeing a fourth win at this weekend’s Rally of Malaysia. Driving Skoda Fabia Super 2000s, Swedish star Pontus Tidemand leads his Indian team-mate, Gaurav Gill, by 34 points, but knows his first visit to Malaysia won’t be easy. Traditionally, the Rally of Malaysia dishes up temperatures of around 30 degrees, with 95% humidity – something that the young Swede or his co-driver, Emil Exelsson, aren’t at all familiar with. Gill and co-driver Glenn Macneall were convincing winners in Malaysia last year, so come into this event with plenty of confidence, despite retiring from the previous APRC round in Queensland in June. “It was unfortunate not to get the result we were after in Queensland, but we had a great battle with Pontus and I’m looking forward to renewing that competition in Malaysia this weekend,” Gill said. Tidemand and Gill will face a new challenge in Malaysia, with 2005 APRC champion, Jussi Valimaki, returning to drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. The Finnish star last contested the event in 2007. Tidemand and Gill’s other main rivals are likely to... Source: