Iriz R5 close to completion

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Iriz R5 close to completion thumbnailThe Proton Iriz won the Grizedale Stages on its competitive debut at the end of last year. WK04011. Pic: James Ward / Chicane Media

THE NEWEST R5 car currently under development looks set to be homologated as early as April before it breaks cover in the MSA British Rally Championship, according to the man overseeing the programme.
Chris Mellors is hoping to hand the Proton Iriz R5 its international debut on the gravel-based Pirelli Rally in Carlisle, the second round of the mixed surface competition which kicks-off with the Border Counties Rally on March 10th.
Mellors' team has vast experience developing and running cars at the sport's top level; they have enjoyed title success in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship and were regular competitors when the S2000 FIA World Championship existed.
“We're quite excited by it," said Mellors. "We ran the Super 2000 Proton for a number of years and as the Satria Neo was coming to the end of its life we had an Iriz sent over to see if we could turn it into a rally car.
“We're a group of enthusiasts who have been around for a long, long time and most of the guys have been with me for twenty-plus years and have been heavily involved in different types of motorsport - not just rallying.
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