APRC Opens Door to More Cars in 2014

APRC Opens Door to More Cars in 2014

28 December 2013

Exciting new rules first proposed by the APRC Working Group and now approved by the FIA will allow a greater range of cars to compete in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Any car that complies with the JAF (Japanese Automobile Federation) RJ and CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport Ltd) G2 regulations is eligible to… read more

Young Wins Asia Cup

Young Wins Asia Cup

9 December 2013

New Zealanders Mike Young and Malcolm Read are the 2013 Asia Cup champions, after the kiwi pair drove their Cusco Toyota Vitz to victory on the very tough Thailand Rally. It was a rally of absolute attrition – first Thailand’s Chaiyan Longton retired with engine failure on stage one. Then Asia Cup points leader Shuhei… read more

Thailand Title Decider

Thailand Title Decider

6 December 2013

This weekend is Thailand Rally – Kings Cup, the final round of the APRC’s Asia Cup. Thailand is in the news for all the wrong reasons at the moment, however there is no sign of the unrest taking place in Bangkok and as its the Kings birthday this weekend those troubles seemed to have slowed… read more

Triple Victory for MRF Skoda

Triple Victory for MRF Skoda

3 November 2013

Indian star Gaurav Gill has described winning the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship* as an “amazing feeling” after he secured the coveted title spoils with second place on China Rally Longyou today (Sunday). Driving for Team MRF ŠKODA alongside navigator Glenn Macneall, Gill finished runner-up to team-mates Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm in his Fabia Super… read more

Gaurav Gill – 2013 Champion

Gaurav Gill – 2013 Champion

2 November 2013

Gaurav Gill and Glen Macneall are the 2013 Asia Pacific Rally Champions after finishing Day 1 of China Rally and taking an unbeatable lead in the championship standings. “This is definitely the highlight of my career so far, we’ve come close on several other occasions and this year wasn’t easy either. I have to thank… read more

Team MRF: Almost There

Team MRF: Almost There

1 November 2013

Team MRF head into the this weekend’s China Rally Longyou perfectly placed to win all three Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) titles. Indian driver, Gaurav Gill, currently holds a 13.5 point Drivers’ title lead in his Skoda Fabia S2000, with Skoda and Team MRF are also on track to win the Manufacturers and Teams’ Cup awards… read more

Takale Scores Production Cup

Takale Scores Production Cup

17 October 2013

Indian rally driver, Sanjay Takale, has taken out the Production Cup title, a class in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, at the penultimate round in Japan held over the weekend, despite an up and down season. Takale, who made a strong start to his 2013 APRC campaign after finishing the first three rounds with solid… read more

Young Takes Two Titles

Young Takes Two Titles

30 September 2013

New Zealander Michael Young secured the two-wheel-drive Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and junior cup titles with a round to spare after dominating the class at Rally Hokkaido in Japan over the weekend. The 20 year old led the two-wheel-drive class and junior cup from the first stage but drove steadily to ensure a finish… read more

Gill Goes Ahead in Japan

Gill Goes Ahead in Japan

30 September 2013

Indian driver Gaurav Gill is one step closer to clinching the 2013 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title after taking a dominant victory on this weekend’s Rally Hokkaido at the wheel of his Team MRF ŠKODA Fabia S2000. Title rival and team-mate Esapekka Lappi was forced to retire for the third time this season when suspension… read more

Muta wins Malaysia

Muta wins Malaysia

26 August 2013

Japanese driver, Shuhei Muta, has driven his way to first overall at the 2013 Malaysian Rally, the fourth round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship despite competing on these roads for the first time in his life but perhaps was aided by the unusually fine weather conditions. Driving his Cusco Subaru Impreza, Muta kept to… read more

Young Takes APRC Glory For Toyota

Young Takes APRC Glory For Toyota

26 August 2013

Toyota driver Michael Young has claimed his maiden victory in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship as title rivals Gaurav Gill and Esapekka Lappi both hit trouble on the Malaysian Rally, which finished today (Sunday) following two days of dramatic competition in the sun-baked plantations north of the event base in Johor Bahru. While Lappi was… read more

Takale banks Solid Points

Takale banks Solid Points

16 August 2013

Indian driver, Sanjay Takale, has driven himself to an excellent second place in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (ARPC) drivers’ standings after featuring in the points table at all three events held so far this season despite going head to head against factory based teams. Privateer driver, Takale, has been the only registered driver in… read more

Atko Gets Hyundai Test Gig

Atko Gets Hyundai Test Gig

26 July 2013

Current Asia Pacific Rally Champion Chris Atkinson is the latest addition to Hyundai’ s test programmme. First Juho Hanninen, then Bryan Bouffier and now Chris Atkinson: Hyundai’s test driver roster continues to swell with the addition of the ex-factory Subaru pilot. Atkinson, 33, has been a bit-part player on the world stage since Subaru’s withdrawal… read more

APRC Stronger with Wurth

APRC Stronger with Wurth

24 July 2013

Wurth, a global German company with interests in the automotive industry, has joined forces with the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) this year to ensure the competing crews have all the gear they need to finish the challenging championship. Before this month’s International Rally of Queensland (12-14th July) got under way, Wurth delivered much needed… read more

Four to Tango for Knowles

Four to Tango for Knowles

23 July 2013

While 12 people helped guide Esapekka Lappi to victory on the International Rally of Queensland last weekend (we know this because we’ve seen the photo), Simon Knowles relied on the support of three people to clinch the FIA Pacific Cup in true David versus Goliath style. The Australian veteran trailed Lappi’s Team MRF Skoda colleague… read more

Lappi Fights Back

Lappi Fights Back

19 July 2013

Finland rally star, Esapekka Lappi, has won the third round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) at the International Rally of Queensland with a significant winning margin of over 18 minutes. Lappi, who now leads the APRC Drivers Championship subject to organisers’ final approval, took full advantage of his fellow competitors’ misfortunes to drive… read more

Lappi Sparks Title Fight

Lappi Sparks Title Fight

14 July 2013

Esapekka Lappi has moved back into the lead of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship by winning the International Rally of Queensland today (Sunday). The 22-year-old from Finland, co-driven by Janne Ferm, claimed a commanding victory, his second of 2013, with Australian Simon Knowles clinching the FIA Pacific Cup. But while Lappi celebrated, there was frustration… read more

Coppin vs the Young Gun

Coppin vs the Young Gun

9 July 2013

Canberra rally driver, Adrian Coppin is looking forward to the opportunity to lock horns with the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s (APRC) young gun, Michael Young in Round 3 of the championship, to be held on the Sunshine Coast this weekend. The FIA APRC rally series is contested on events in China, Japan, Malaysia, New… read more

Gill Bounces Back

Gill Bounces Back

18 June 2013

Top Indian driver Gaurav Gill has made it two different winners from two rounds of the 2013 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship with a dominant display on Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie this weekend. Gill, who was also the winner on the South Pacific island last season, reached the finish in the capital Noumea on Sunday afternoon… read more

Lappi Blows ‘Em Away

Lappi Blows ‘Em Away

22 May 2013

22-year-old Finn Esapekka Lappi and co-driver Janne Ferm have taken out this year’s opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with a start-to-finish leading performance at the International Rally of Whangarei held this weekend 18-19 May. Driving the MRF Tyres team Skoda Fabia S2000 Lappi extended his overnight lead to a winning… read more