Pune: Sanjay Takale, Pune based international rally driver, is high on confidence as he participates in the third round of the Malaysian Rally Championship. The rally of Perak has an unpredictable route, but Takale is determined to make the most out of the training given by fellow driver Gaurav Gill. The rally will take place over the weekend.
Takale will drive the Proton Satria prepared by his trusted team of MRU Motorsports, whose owner and team principal Muhammad Rafiqu Udhaya has recommended Indonesian navigator Dian Sukmawan.
Takale will participate in P9 class of 2Wheel category, which he drove in the competitive level after a gap of three seasons.
In 2013 Takale had achieved a historic landmark by winning the Production Cup title in the same category, driving the same car.
Keeping aside the festivities, Takale has landed in Malaysia and is now preparing himself for the event.
The rally of Perak includes a total distance of 360 kilometers, where one can hit the speed of 120km/h.
There will be nine special stages in Risda Bukit Kota and PPPNP Plantations area. Since the course is challenging and unpredictable, it will test the skill and nerves of drivers even after the recce. On this backdrop the rally will be hotly contested and a treat to watch for the fans.
Major drivers in fray
The round has attracted major drivers and the field includes Roduwan Rashid, Mohd Rafizal Md. Rashid and former world champion Karamjit Singh. As the second round held in August in Johor Bahru turned out to be the rally of attrition, this round is like a do or die for all the competitors. Every driver will drive to garner maximum points.
The rally headquarters will be located in Seri Iskandar, known as the ‘University Town’ with technology institutes like Petronas, MARA located within the district.
Takale has got the runner-up position in the first two rounds held in Perlis and Johor Bahru respectivey. In Perlis, he kickstarted the season with Sean Gregory as navigator. Azrul Azar Norbakari had won the opening round. The second round was part of the APRC round, where Takale drove the Mitsuhishi Mirage R5, with Noriko Takeshita of Japan as the navigator. This was the first rally with his new team Mpart Racing.
Takale’s car got stuck up in the plantations as the tyre lost the grip with hardly two kilomters remaining to finish the day.
Fortunately Takale could get his car ready and drove on Sunday. He started on fourth position in the Malaysian Championship. He could manage better control and progressed to second the position.
I will be rallying in Perak after a gap of almost half a decade. This province has a high speed route, which is unpredictable. Even experienced drivers can be caught off-guard here. Malaysia is known as the nursery for rally, where you can enhance your skill. I need to gain competitive experience after buying the Mitsubishi Mirage R5 rally car. I skipped the Pacific leg to undergo quality practice and competition in this championship. Recently I participated in Rally School conducted by Gaurav Gill, who has guided me on finer aspects. I am determined to apply and achieve positive results.
— Sanjay Takale