After a cautious first day of the World Cup Rally district nurse Karen Young has started to move her Perodua Kelisa up the leader board and now occupies 33rd place in the running order. Karen is thoroughly enjoying the experience of driving the Kelisa and describes the vehicle as a fantastic little car.
The Kelisa has already negotiated a 10 mile hill climb through ice and snow without slipping and Karen reports feeling very safe despite the high altitude and treacherous conditions. She also remarks how easy and economical the car is to drive over long distances, comfortably managing to cruise at 80 mph on motorway sections.
The third leg of the Rally took the competitors along a particularly rough mountainside logging track where the Kelisa proved its worth by maintaining a steady 30-35 miles an hour for 31 kilometres. Many other vehicles suffered heavy damage on this stage but the Kelisa only suffered slight buckling on one of the front wheels which was easily repaired.
The Rally will continue through Montenegro in Yugoslavia and move on to Tirana, the capital of Albania. Karen is enthusiastically looking forward to the new challenges which this leg of the journey may bring.Published 10 October 2002