MRF off to a good start in Asia Pacific rally

April 12th, 2008 - 12:01 am ICT by admin  

Noumea (New Caledonia), April 11 (IANS) Team MRF delivered a 1-2 finish in the Super Special Stage of the first round of 2008 Asia Pacific Rally Championship, which commenced here today. MRF’s lead driver Katsu Taguchi (co-driver Mark Stacey) clocked three minutes, six seconds to top the time charts, followed by team-mate and debutant Scott Peder (co-driver Glen Weston) with 03:10.

French siblings Patrick and Dominique Yanai (03:11) were in the third spot.

All the three top finishes were in Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9 cars.

The competition hots up on the morrow when the cars head to the Special Stages in the mountains with the 35-Kms long Katrikorn Stage dominating the proceedings.

With rains predicted, the going is expected to get tougher with the terrain turning slippery.

Taguchi, winner here in 2006 and runner-up last year, is among the favourites in the event that concludes on Sunday.

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