Competitor Update Feb 2014

APRC 2014 Registration

  • A reminder that registration fees paid by 28 February (ie this Friday) will benefit from a reduced rate.
  • Please ensure your proof of payment and completed registration form is sent to Deborah Brock at APRC secretariat ASAP.

VINZ International Rally of Whangarei

  • Supplementary Regulations are now available from the event web site. Entry forms are available also on the event web site.
  • Note entries close on Monday 10 March
  • A reminder that the Pohe Island SSS to be run twice at end of Leg 1 on Saturday, will be held in darkness. You may need to consider having light pods available for this. Organizers have advised the stage will be floodlit.
  • All foreign registered cars are required to go through a WOF inspection before being issued with approval to drive on NZ roads. This is highlighted in RG1 (pages 8 & 9). Please contact me directly if you have any questions on this.
  • Third party insurance is required for all vehicles, please refer to RG1 (page 12)
  • MAF quarantine inspections will take place at GT Logistics, 21 Aintree Ave, Airport Oaks, Auckland on Friday 4 April. I will provide further details to teams concerned.
  • After this inspection team containers will be transported to Whangarei and will be available at Northtec facility (pre-event service area) on Saturday morning, 5 April.

Travel Visas

  • A reminder that many of you will require visa’s for your visits to the various countries of 2014 APRC.
  • Depending of your country of citizenship you may be required to apply for a visa well in advance of the event. Please seek advice from your travel agent on this and allow time for these to be processed.

Fuel

  • For any team that is wanting to purchase a FIA compliant fuel for the first 3 rallies of APRC (i.e., Pacific Cup) please contact me directly. Confirmed fuel orders must be made for New Zealand and New Caledonia no later than 12 March.
  • If you have any questions on any of the above, or if you have any problems accessing the event information, please make contact with me directly.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+60136127784
murray.brown@fiaaprc.com


Wilde Ride to APRC

Tom WildeTom Wilde has confirmed he will contest the 2014 Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC).

The 26 year old WA driver will compete in the same Verandah Apartments team Renault Clio that he successfully drove into second place in the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) last year. Wilde will again pair-up with his 2013 Co-driver Bill Hayes.

Hayes was the 2011 APRC Champion Co-driver alongside Alister McRae, his experience in the Asia Pacific Championship will be a huge benefit to the team.

Team owner, Nick Clements of Verandah Apartments in Perth, is proud to be playing a part in this step of Wilde’s career and said: “Competing in the APRC was always in the back of our mind.”

“We weighed up our options for 2014 and found the time was right. We had a brilliant year in the ARC last year and I think the stiff level of competition would have been the perfect preparation for what will be a very exciting year for us.”

Wilde will team up and share associated costs with ex Honda driver Mark Pedder, who will drive a Mitsubishi Evo X. The team will be managed by experienced Race Engineer, Dave Mcshane. Mcshane said: “Tom has proven himself to be a very talented young driver who has been producing fantastic results and reliable finishes.”

Tom Wilde“The very technical conditions will suit his driving style and I think he could surprise some of the 4WD competitors.”

While Wilde plans to compete in all six rounds of the 2014 APRC, Clements said the team would need to secure additional funding for the last three. Wilde may also compete at selected ARC events this year, including his home town event, the Quit Forest Rally around Nannup on April 4 to 6.

He said the event would be the perfect practice for the first round of the APRC, the International Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand the following weekend.


New Format for Whangarei

Matt Van TuinenOrganisers of the 2014 International Rally of Whangarei are promising a challenging new format for competitors contesting the two day event that will use roads in the Far North and Whangarei regions, located north of Auckland, New Zealand.

To be held from 11 to 13 April, the 2014 International Rally of Whangarei is set to attract a quality field of rally teams from New Zealand, Asia, Australia and Europe for the opening round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

Incorporating a mix of new roads and old favourites the revised schedule will also include a visit to the William Fraser Memorial Park on Pohe Island – at night.

The event commences with the traditional rally show and ceremonial start at the Cameron Street Mall in the centre of Whangarei on Friday evening, 11 April. The following morning, competitors will enter the unknown as they head north of Whangarei to a loop of all new stages starting with Otakairangi (15 kilometres in length), Pipiwai (32km’s), and Marlow (20km’s).

“The new roads to the north of Whangarei are in fantastic condition, with a great mix of twisting valley climbs and descents, then fast flowing plains. They are real driver’s roads and will take some mastering,” commented event route co-ordinator Willard Martin.

Brendan ReevesA return to Whangarei at midday to the events central service park at the Quayside Town Basin provides great access for the public to view the cars and crews up close. The teams of mechanics and engineers will make adjustments and running repairs all within an allocated time limit, making the service park a major area of activity in central Whangarei during rally weekend.

The afternoon’s competition includes a repeat of two of the morning stages (Otakairangi and Pipiwai) followed by another new test at Tapui that uses 20km’s of winding gravel road. The teams then return to Whangarei for service before two runs at the night time spectator special stage.

The Hella Pohe Island special stage will be run under lights and features several prime spectator viewing points including the adjacent motorway bypass bridge.
“Final stages of planning are underway for this special spectator event, with the cars starting slowest to fastest at 30 second intervals, running two times around the circuit to provide great racing. Working with the Lions Club there will be Family entertainment from mid-afternoon leading up to the rally cars starting at 7pm. This will be a great evening’s entertainment with the rally cars running under lights, not to be missed,” adds Martin.

An early start from Whangarei on Sunday 13 April will see teams head to classic New Zealand rally stages including Brooks (13km’s) which finishes at the famous jump over the railway bridge, a photographer and spectators favourite. That’s followed by Millbrook (11km’s) and Springfield (27km’s), to be run using a slightly different layout than previous years. Changes include a section of new road not used previously.

A mid-morning service back at the Quayside Town Basin Service Park in Whangarei, followed by a repeat run of these three stages completes the 241 kilometres of competitive distance of the event.

The victory celebrations and podium presentation will take place from 3:00 pm at the Marina’s Edge of the Quayside Town basin area, to complete the eighth annual running of the International Rally of Whangarei.

Rifat Sungkar“The organising team had the objective of developing an event that incorporated new challenges for competitors while also retaining some of the favourite stages from previous years. The roads in the Whangarei area have been a part of international rallying since the early 1980’s and their fast flowing cambered nature is regarded both locally and abroad as some of the best rally roads in the world.”

“The format of the 2014 event will provide a real enjoyable challenge to the international competitors in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship, a mix of old and new for our own New Zealand Championship competitors, and a fresh new challenge for our clubman event competitors.”

Additionally; the 2014 International Rally of Whangarei will be round one of the 2014 New Zealand domestic Top Half Rally Series.

2014 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship calendar

Round 1: Rally of Whangarei – New Zealand 11-13 April (Counts toward: APRC, Pacific Cup, Junior Cup)
Round 2: Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie 16-18 May (Counts toward: APRC, Pacific Cup)
Round 3: Rally Queensland – Australia 20-22 June (Counts toward: APRC, Pacific Cup, Junior Cup)
Round 4: Malaysian Rally 15-17 August (Counts toward: APRC, Asia Cup, Junior Cup)
Round 5: Rally Hokkaido – Japan 26-28 September (Counts toward: APRC, Asia Cup, Junior Cup)
Round 6: China Rally 7-9 November (Counts toward: APRC, Asia Cup)
Round 7: Thailand Rally 5-7 December (Counts toward: Asia Cup)

2014 New Zealand Rally Championship calendar

Round 1: Rally of Whangarei 11 – 13 April
Round 2: Rally of Otago 10 – 11 May
Round 3: Canterbury Rally 01 – 02 June (TBC)
Round 4: Rally Wairarapa 28 June
Round 5: Rally New Zealand 23 August
Round 6: Daybreaker Rally 27 September