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Rally of Wales Proton Review

Production Prize for Proton David Mann and co-driver Alun Cook drove their Proton Persona Turbo to a convincing victory in the production Cup category on the Vauxhall Rally of Wales at the weekend. This excellent result also...

Production Prize for Proton David Mann and co-driver Alun Cook drove their Proton Persona Turbo to a convincing victory in the production Cup category on the Vauxhall Rally of Wales at the weekend. This excellent result also netted the team a superb second overall amongst some of the world's top drivers and manufacturers. The first day saw crews tackle the forests of North Wales and four spectator stages on the New Brighton sea front. As teams returned to the Wirral for the overnight halt, Mann and Cook had climbed up to sixth place and second in the Production Class. Day two moved the rally into the Mid-Wales forests, where the demanding gravel roads took their toll on many of the top crews and cars. It was here that the consistency of Mann's driving, the precision of Cook's navigating and the reliability of the Proton all shone through, elevating the team four places up the leader board "I can't quite believe it", commented an overwhelmed David Mann at the finish, "this is my best ever result and the highest a Proton has finished in a round of the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship I'm chuffed to bits". Darell Staniforth, who prepares the car, was also delighted: "All we've done during the event is change the brake pads and check things over. It goes to prove that meticulous preparation, rigorous testing and the pre-Wales shake-down events have all been worth while". The performance of David Mann proved to be salvation for Proton on the event, as the two works Compact SRi's retired early-on, both suffering engine problems, relegating the Swedish crew of Mats Andersson/Arne Johansson and the ladies team of Jenny Davies/Claire Mole, to being spectators for the rest of the rally. Since the project began, the Group A Compacts have seen four phases of engine development. unsurprisingly, number five is already on the drawing board! The new 1600cc power plants will be ready for the next round of the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship, the Pirelli International Rally, on 25th & 26th April - so competitors in the Ferodo Super 1600 and the Production Cup categories best watch-out.

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