Jasper switches to MEM Pro­ton Sa­tria

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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.

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