Perodua UK are delighted with the results of the World Cup Rally, a whirlwind tour of 12 countries in 12 days which covered 4,400 km between London and Athens. The Perodua Kelisa, driven by district nurse Karen Young, improved its position steadily as the Rally went on and finished in 25th place as well as coming 3rd in class for which Karen received a trophy.
"Karen has done extremely well on her first major rally and we are all very proud of her. We knew the Kelisa would rise to the challenge because of its excellent credentials this performance has proved us right," said Tim Slaughter, Managing Director of Perodua UK.
Karen is very pleased with her achievement and also with the performance of the Kelisa over the entire Rally. She remarks that the Kelisa never once lost grip, even on ice and snow at a high altitude, and that the car felt very secure. The Rally took the Kelisa to some of the most challenging roads in Europe, including Albania where there is no tarmac on any of the roads. Several cars in the Rally suffered severe damage and some had to retire but the Kelisa only had one slightly buckled wheel after a 31 km hill climb which was easy to repair.
"The Rally was very hard work but the Kelisa was amazing. I felt completely safe the whole time which helped my nerves, even on the most difficult stages," said Karen Young, driver of the Kelisa.
The Kelisa required very little maintenance throughout the Rally, merely needing one small top up with oil during the whole event. This was also after the challenging hill climb which proved the Kelisa is comfortable maintaining a steady pace in difficult conditions for long periods of time. The car’s performance on motorway sections showed it is equally adept when cruising at higher speeds.
The Kelisa impressed Karen so much that she is planning to buy one to use for her job as a district nurse. As well as this, she intends to get a full roll cage fitted on the Kelisa in order to take part in some smaller rallying events and is already planning to enter the Kelisa for a second time in next year’s World Cup Rally.Published 23 October 2002