MEM’s Proton Satria Neo S2000 and Guy Wilks are out of the Pirelli International Rally due to a fire.The Team did a fantastic job with the Proton S2000 by leading all 7 SS. Read the detail news from guywilks.com
CAR DESTROYED, GUY AND PHIL UNHURT
GUY and co-driver Phil Pugh escaped unhurt when their car was destroyed by fire on today’s Pirelli International Rally.
Double British champion Guy was managing a comfortable 26-second lead on his Super 2000 debut when things went horribly wrong on stage eight – Trinket 2.
Six other crews stopped to try and help put out the blaze but the Proton was burnt out.
Guy and Phil had led from the start in the stunning Proton Satria Neo, run by Mellors Elliott Motorsport.
They were fastest on Friday’s two night stages to hold an 18.7-second lead over Mark Higgins going into today’s final leg.
The pair were quickest again on stages three and four and had increased their lead to 25 seconds by the midday service.
Guy told guywilks.com: “We are absolutely distraught. The Proton is mega to drive and has so much potential. Everything was going to plan. We were managing things from the front, determined to reward Proton and MEM with victory . . . then disaster.
“I must thank everyone who tried to help put out the fire. That’s the true spirit of rallying. Yes, we are rivals on the stages but we all share the same passion and no one likes to see a rally car destroyed.”
Irishman Keith Cronin (Mitsubishi Evo 9) overhauled Higgins’ Subaru on the final stage to win the Pirelli by just two seconds.
Guy is backed by The Sun newspaper, Varta Consumer Batteries, Remington, Mobil 1, Travelodge and Evolution Power Tools.
Below are the pictures of the car on fire
This happened due to impact that pushed the bumper onto the exhaust when the Proton Satria Neo S2000 clipped a tree which resulted in the bumper heating up and catching fire.
Six other crews stopped to help put out the blaze.