"The puncture was pretty disappointing, but the upside was the speed we showed on this rally," said Lanark's McRae who gained some consolation by scoring bonus points for setting the most fastest stage times on the event.
"I'm pretty confident we would have had the performance to take maximum APRC points here without that puncture," he reported. "The car was great during the event; we had no problems. You can really see where the development is coming and the potential of the Proton is being unleashed. What I was really pleased with is that the roads in Japan probably suited the turbocharged Group N cars more than they did our car, but we showed that we had the pace to beat them.
"Before the final round in China, though, it's back home to Scotland for me, for the Rally of Scotland. It's nice to be arriving as the leader of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship - and really nice to arrive with some solid seat time just a few days earlier."