27 January 2014

Filipino Rally Champion Ivan Isada finishes in International Rally of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.

ivan ss4Filipino car rally champion, Ivan Isada together with co-driver Scott Abella recently competed in the International Rally of Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, held last December 14 to 15, 2013.

Driving a 1.6 front-wheel-drive Proton Satria Neo, the rally car was provided by 2011 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) contender Gunaseelan Rajoo, and was prepared by Team Fawster Motorsports. The tandem finished 12th overall out of 25 contenders, and classified 6th in the P10 (1600cc) class.

Competing in this championship for the first time as a privateer, their main goal was to finish the rally and gain valuable experience in reference to a more performance oriented approach for the following years.

"The experience was great but in order to compete again, partnerships and sponsors would definitely increase the chances for us to continue rallying and achieve better results, while in the long run help revive the motorsports discipline of car rallying in the Philippines", says Isada.

1476591 681501398547440 495970618 nDivided into 12 special stages, the rally covered a total of 373 kilometers, and traversed the dirt and muddy roads of Negeri Sambilan's famous palm oil plantations. The event was the 4th and last round of the 2013 Malaysia Rally Championship, and was an FIA Zone International rally, open to international rally competitors. The top finishers of the rally were experienced APRC contenders from China, New Zealand, and Malaysia.