Competitor Update – February 2015

APRC Calendar 2015

  • The APRC 2015 will consist of 6 rallies: New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan and China
  • Pacific Cup will consist of 3 rallies: New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia.
    Asia Cup will consist of 4 rallies: Malaysia, Japan, China and India, with the best 3 results counting for the championship.

2015 FIA APRC Regulations

There have been some changes made to the 2015 APRC regulations. These are available on the FIA and APRC websites. If you have any problem downloading these regulations, please let me know and I can email copies to you.

  • V4 Art 4.4.6 – There is now a process for approving cars that are nationally approved for use in APRC and/or the Cups. Application form is available on the APRC website
  • V4 Art 5.4.2 – Cars eligible for Junior Cup now extended to include all 2WD cars that are eligible for APRC 2WD Cup.
  • V4 Art 28.1 – Cars may be released from final parc ferme earlier.
  • V4 Art 56.3 – Competitors are required to have representatives present at any official function as per the programme listed in the SR’s.

Registration Form and Dates

  • The 2015 APRC registration form is now available on the APRC website.
  • Note that reduced registration fees are available until 28 February 2015, which is the end of this week.
  • If your first event of APRC/Junior Cup/Pacific Cup/Production Cup is Whangarei, the closing date for registrations is same date as close of entries for Whangarei ie Monday 23 March.

Fuel Supply

  • As in 2014, I will be supplying an FIA eligible fuel for competitors who choose to use it at each rally.
  • This supply is by pre-arranged orders ONLY.
  • As always, this fuel supply will only be available as requested and on confirmed orders made in advance.
  • Please contact me directly if you would like to know more.
  • Orders for the first 2 events (New Zealand and New Caledonia) should be made by approx 15 March.

International Rally of Whangarei

  • Plans for Rally of Whangarei are well under way. Rally Guide 1 and Supp Regs are available on the event website
  • Organizers have asked that I bring the following to your attention.
  • Rally HQ and SP will be same as in previous years, located at the Quayside Town Basin
  • Some new stages will be added to this years itinerary
  • As always, accommodation in Whangarei is in demand. Please do not leave it too late to make your bookings for accommodation.
  • Northtec will again be the location of the pre-event SP
  • I am recommending that all teams containers be scheduled to arrive in Auckland no later than 6 April 2015.
  • I am planning to schedule quarantine inspections for either Thursday 9 or Friday 10 April in Auckland, (depending on number of containers involved) prior to moving containers to Whangarei
    As I confirm these details I will let all teams concerned know in advance.

Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie

  • Rally Guide 1 is available on the rally website
  • Note there has been a change of venue for the rally, and associated service parks. Information available in RG1. Details will follow in SR’s available approx 15 March

International Rally of Queensland

  • Rally Guide 1 is available on the rally website

Product sponsor – Würth

  • An important note that the APRC product supplier, Würth, has recently signed a 3 year contract with APRC to extend the relationship until end 2017.
  • Details of the product support provided to registered teams will be available soon. If you have any inquiries on this, please contact Brian Young

If you have any questions at all on any of the above, or any other aspect of APRC 2015, please feel free to contact me directly.

Be safe out there, and happy rallying.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
23 Feb 2015

Ken Block to Contest NZ Opener

Ken Block SnoDrift 2010 by dez&john3313Global Motorsport sensation Ken Block has today announced he is heading to New Zealand. Block and co-driver Alex Gelsomino will contest the International Rally of Whangarei from 17th-19th April, the opening round of the 2015 New Zealand Rally Championship and FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. The pair will line-up on the Northland gravel stages in their Hoonigan Racing Division Ford Fiesta, the car they campaign in the American Rally Championship.

The American rally star and self proclaimed ‘Hoonigan’ is one of the most recognisable and exciting competitors currently in motorsport worldwide due to his exploits in the World Rally Championship and Global Rallycross series, along with his wildly successful viral Gymkhana series of online videos which have attracted over 300 million views worldwide. The presence of Block and his spectacular driving style is great news for local rally fans, while the regions best rally drivers get the opportunity to compete head to head with the multiple X Games medal winner.

In a message this morning to his 5.5 million followers on social media, Block stated the chance to rally on New Zealands world renowned gravel rally stages was too good to miss. “Having the opportunity to race on some of the best rally roads in the world is a great opportunity, yes, the NZ roads are really that good!”

Chairman of Rally New Zealand, Peter ‘PJ’ Johnston is excited at the news of Blocks entry. “We are ecstatic at the news Ken is coming to rally in New Zealand again and be a part of the NZRC. We look forward to welcoming him back, and it’s a real treat for motorsport fans to have a competitor as exciting and with such a fan following as Ken Block.”

Ken Block NZ 2007Block has previous experience of the fast, cambered, rollercoaster roads of Northland, having competed in the Whangarei event in 2007, the same year he made his international competition debut with a campaign in the New Zealand Rally Championship. The WRC regular has also contested the Rally New Zealand World Rally Championship event three times previously, the most recent visit being in 2012 which included stages in the same region, Block and Gelsomino finishing 9th overall in a Ford Fiesta World Rally Car.

The International Rally of Whangarei commences on the evening of Friday 17th April with a rally show in central Whangarei where fans can meet the cars and stars up close before they contest two passes of the night time SuperSpecial Stage at Pohe Island. Leg one continues on Saturday heading north for six special stages on the fast flowing cambered roads the rally is famous for, while Sundays final leg heads south of Whangarei for a further six stages including the 30 km Springfield stage, a rollercoaster piece of Northland gravel road which is also the Power Stage offering additional bonus points for the fastest times. A total of 276 kilometres of competitive stages make-up the event.

Photos courtesy of dez&john3313 and

Würth Extends til 2017

German tool and chemical company Würth have been an important part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship for the past two years and the partnership has been so successful Würth recently confirmed they will continue the relationship for another three years.

Announcing the agreement earlier this month Andreas List, Business Director at Würth International Trading (Shanghai) Co,. Ltd. said, “The growing interest and increasing number of teams participating in the FIA APRC year by year shows the success of this championship and underlines the importance of our sponsoring activity. Team spirit, willingness to perform and to give one’s best are important factors in Rally. Such values determine also the corporate culture of the Würth group”.

Working with the teams and getting their feedback has been an important factor for Würth deciding to continue the partnership, “Rally sport is one of the toughest motorsports and since our high quality products are made for motorsports it’s the perfect environment to prove that we do have indeed have outstanding quality”, said Michael Loefflad of the Würth Asia Pacific Strategy Board in a recent TV interview. “It’s been a good experience for the company working with the APRC as we’re getting from the teams a direct response on product quality and service”.

“The organisers and the teams have enjoyed a very good working relation with Würth over the past two years and to know that’s going to continue with a long term agreement is fantastic news for everyone, as we plan for the future”, said APRC President Steven Kennedy. “There are some exciting times ahead for rallying, especially with Toyota returning to the WRC and hopefully other Japanese manufacturers will follow. For the APRC having India join the series means our potential TV and media audience is now the largest of any regional FIA motorsport championship at over 2.7 billion. For Wurth and future partners that’s a huge asset and we need to maximise the opportunities for everyone”.

The 2015 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship will start in New Zealand in April, followed by New Caledonia and then Queensland, Australia. Malaysia is the first of the Asian rounds, and then comes the most northern event Hokkaido, Japan, followed by the China Rally southeast of Shanghai. India joins the APRC this year as a round of the Asia Cup with the Coffee Day Rally.

For Information on the APRC: Brian Young (Marketing,Media,TV), or Murray Brown (APRC Coordinator)

For further Information on Würth: Martin Rueitti,