Jasper switches to MEM Proton Satria
National rally frontrunner Mark Jasper is the latest driver to take delivery of a Mellors Elliott Motorsportbuilt Proton.
The company was responsible for building the Proton Satria S2000 cars for the World and Asia Pacific championships, with the likes of Alister Mcrae and Chris Atkinson driving.
Since the S2000s are becoming more and more obsolete with the rise of R5 machinery, MEM has given its Satrias a new lease of life in national rallying by adding 2.5-litre Millington engines.
Jasper was part of the original idea to insert the more powerful engines and will now compete in his car on select events before a likely assault on the MSA Asphalt Championship next year.
“Basically the Millligton Proton idea was my idea, I got Roy Millington to meet with Chris Mellors [MEM] and suggested the idea,” he said. “For various reasons at the time I had to pull out of it. I let them carry on, work-wise it wasn’t possible at the time.”
The same year Jasper suffered a huge crash in his 6R4, forcing him to step back from rallying to reevaluate.
“I took a step back and thought I’ll use an Escort and see if I still have it and we’ve done really well,” he added.