Competitor Update – December 2014

Competitor Update – December 2014

18 December 2014

On behalf of the APRC, I would again like to pass on congratulations to all the 2014 APRC Champions. And also of course to all the other competitors who have once again committed to the challenges of APRC. A full list of 2014 Champions and the final points situation is available on the APRC website… read more

Rally Whangarei Rally Guide Available

Rally Whangarei Rally Guide Available

12 December 2014

With many competitors already planning their 2015 APRC season, the organisers of the International Rally of Whangarei have begun releasing competitor information. Click here to view the Rally Guide 1, with further information and supplementary information available early in the new year.

FIA Increases Car Categories for 2015

FIA Increases Car Categories for 2015

10 December 2014

Following the recent meeting of the World Motor Sport Council agreement has been reached to allow the APRC to approve cars from countries within the region to participate and score points in the 2015 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. This will allow a greater range of cars to compete. This is in addition to the changes… read more

Kopecky and Dresler Receive FIA Awards

Kopecky and Dresler Receive FIA Awards

8 December 2014

Doha, 6 December 2014: It was a big day for the ŠKODA Motorsport team with the Czech automobile manufacturer’s drivers crowned Asia-Pacific and European rally champions for the third time in a row by the International Automobile Federation (FIA). As well as the trophies, ŠKODA also received plenty of recognition from the elite of the… read more

Skoda Shows Off New R5

Skoda Shows Off New R5

28 November 2014

ŠKODA has announced a major treat for visitors to this year’s Essen Motor Show with an opportunity to see the concept version of the new rally car, the ŠKODA Fabia R 5, for the first time. It takes place from 29 November to 7 December 2014. “The world premiere of the Fabia R 5 Concept… read more

2014 Season Review

2014 Season Review

25 November 2014

After victory at Japans’ Rally Hokkaido, last year’s European Rally Champion Jan Kopecký from the Czech Republic added another FIA title to his name by winning the 2014 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Kopecký’s co-driver Parvel Dresler won the co-driver’s and MRF Skoda team secured the manufacturer’s title for a third time and Team’s Trophy…. read more

Thailand Round Cancelled

Thailand Round Cancelled

19 November 2014

The APRC regrets to advise that the FIA APRC Rally of Thailand, round 4 of the 2014 Asia Cup has been cancelled, less than three weeks before the scheduled date of 5-7th December. In a statement issued by the organisers, they state, “We are very sorry to inform you the Minister of Sport and Tourism… read more

Hybrids Rally in China

Hybrids Rally in China

19 November 2014

At one end of the Parc Ferme at the APRC China Rally a row of eight rally cars were parked, all cabled to a nearby power-pole. This is the BYD team and the first car manufacturer to enter international rallying used a ‘Hybrid’ powered car on such a large scale. For now BYD (Build Your… read more

Young Triples Again

Young Triples Again

11 November 2014

Mike Young, New Zealand’s only competitor in the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), finished second in the APRC overall drivers’ championship and simultaneously wrapped up the prestigious Production Cup title after finishing third overall at the China Rally, held in Longyou over the weekend. Joined by co-driver Malcolm Read, Young drove his Cusco Racing… read more

China no problem for Kopecky

China no problem for Kopecky

10 November 2014

Jan Kopecký driving an MRF Skoda Fabia S2000 won the China Rally by more than three minutes reinforcing his and Skoda’s dominance of the series in 2014. Kopecký’s task was made easier on Day 1, when team-mate Gaurav Gill who was leading the event at the time, hit a rock on Stage 5 that damaged… read more

Dramatic First day of China Rally

Dramatic First day of China Rally

9 November 2014

After yesterday’s spectacular start ceremony followed shortly after by a SS1, a 2 kilometre super-special in front of thousands of spectators, today’s China Rally was full of drama from the start. Steady overnight rain turned the gravel stages into super slippery mud tracks as Mike Young found out in the first 500 metres of stage… read more

Young in Mix for Prod Cup

Young in Mix for Prod Cup

7 November 2014

Kiwi rallying duo, Michael Young and Malcolm Read, are set to tackle the difficult Chinese roads in their pursuit for a third 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) title this weekend at Rally China. The pair, from Opotiki and Hamilton respectively, have never competed in China before but say they’re looking forward to the challenge… read more

MRF Skoda Wants Perfect Finish

MRF Skoda Wants Perfect Finish

6 November 2014

2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Champion, Jan Kopecky, will be aiming for Team MRF Skoda’s sixth win from six starts. Team MRF Skoda will be hoping to complete the perfect season at this weekend’s China Rally Longyou when they aim for their sixth win from six starts in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). With Czech driver,… read more

APRC Titles Still to be Decided in China

APRC Titles Still to be Decided in China

2 November 2014

After winning Japans’ Rally Hokkaido, Jan Kopecký from the Czech Republic heads to this weekend’s China Rally (7-9th November) as the 2014 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Champion, a victory that follows on from winning the European Rally Championship in 2013. As with all the APRC events this year for Kopecký, China Rally will be a… read more

Team MRF Takes Title Again

Team MRF Takes Title Again

2 October 2014

Czech driver Jan Kopecky and co-driver Pavel Dresler have taken an unassailable lead in the 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship after winning the Hokkaido Rally in Japan. Driving his Team MRF Skoda Fabia S2000, Kopecky initially trailed his team-mate, India’s Gaurav Gill, but took the lead when Gill slid off the road and out of the… read more

Young Claims Another APRC Title

Young Claims Another APRC Title

30 September 2014

New Zealand rally driver, Michael Young, managed to wrap up the 2014 two-wheel-drive Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) title plus take the lead in the production cup title at the penultimate APRC round held in Japan over the weekend. Young, joined by co-driver Malcolm Read, said he’s really happy with the result in Japan but… read more

Kopecky Claims Title

Kopecky Claims Title

29 September 2014

MRF Skoda driver Jan Kopecky has the won the Rally of Hokkaido and at the same time becomes the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Champion, with one round to spare. “ The car was great, the team was great. I’d like to thank all the guys from our team. They did an amazing job these past… read more

SKODA Aims to Seal Title in Japan

SKODA Aims to Seal Title in Japan

25 September 2014

ŠKODA continues its relentless pursuit of the title in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) at the Rally Hokkaido. Championship leader Jan Kopecký (CZ) and defending champion Gaurav Gill (IND) head to the penultimate round of the season, in Japan from Friday to Sunday, on the back of four wins from the first four races…. read more

Young aims for Trifecta

Young aims for Trifecta

25 September 2014

The Asia Pacific Rally Championship’s (APRC) only New Zealand driver, Michael Young, is chasing down valuable APRC points in Japan this weekend, as he aims to claim three championship titles at the penultimate round in Hokkaido. Young, originally from Opotiki, took out three APRC titles last year and speaking from the service park in Obihiro… read more

MRF Drivers Battle for Title

MRF Drivers Battle for Title

24 September 2014

Gaurav Gill took a dominant victory in Rally Hokkaido last year, and will be hoping for a similar result. Team MRF are back in action this weekend for round five of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in Japan. With just eight points separating Team MRF drivers Jan Kopecky (Czech Republic) and Gaurav Gill (India) heading… read more