AUSTRALIA’S Chris Atkinson demolished a huge field of 110 cars to win the Longyou Rally in China last weekend by more than five minutes, driving a new Volkswagen Golf built by English outfit Prodrive.
Atkinson and long-time co-driver Stephane Prevot drove a Golf 7 SCRC car built by Prodrive – for which the pair competed during their time in the Subaru World Rally Team – for the Chinese FAW-VW Rally Team.
Atkinson won 10 of the rally’s 13 stages, which covered more than 230 kms on gravel and concrete surfaces.
He finished with a winning margin of 5 minutes 14.3 seconds over second-placed Jan Kopecky, the factory Skoda S2000 driver who is the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Champion and 2013 European Rally Champion.
Longyou Rally was round six of the Asia Pacfic Championship and round five of the China Rally Championship, which Atkinson has contested all season in a Volkswagen.
Prodrive motorsport managing director John Gaw said: “Considering the time scales we have had to design and build this car, and the limited testing, it is a great achievement to go out and run almost faultlessly and win so convincingly against some strong factory competition.”
The team will now run two Golf SCRCs at the next CRC round, the WuYi Rally, at the end of this month.