Competitor Update – 11 November 2016

Coffee Day India Rally

  • A reminder that entries for Coffee Day India Rally close at 5pm on Monday 14 November.
  • Team containers are due to be in the ABC Classic service park from Sunday 27 November.
  • If you have not yet obtained your Indian visa (available online) you should be doing this asap. Please contact me if you need assistance with this.
  • Please note that as of 9 November, 500 and 1000 rupee bank notes are no longer legal tender in India. If, like me, you have Indian currency in these denominations you will need to have them exchanged on arrival in India.
  • I will be in Bangalore (for import customs inspections) on Friday 25 November and will be in Chikmaglur on Saturday 26 evening.
  • As advised previously, there is no need for team staff to be in Bangalore for Customs. However, depending on the process, there may be a need for team staff to be present for the export inspections. I will advise as required.

APRC Championships

  • Some APRC championships have already been decided following Malaysian Rally. However, the APRC Codrivers Champion, the Production Car Championship and Asia Cup Codriver will all be decided in India.
  • Plans are in place to have all the FIA APRC trophies for presentation following India Rally.

APRC Working Group meeting

  • At the annual meeting of the APRC Working Group, held in Malaysia on 31 October, there was a change of elected members.
  • There are some potential changes coming as a result of the change of the management group. As these are confirmed, I will try and keep you updated.
  • The meeting approved some small changes to the APRC regulations which will be advised once confirmed by the FIA.
  • Work is still in progress for the 2017 APRC calendar, however, it will take a similar format to 2016. Once confirmed, I will advise via these updates.

On event messaging app

  • I have been approached by an event messaging app provider. It is designed to work via GPRS and is not reliant on Wifi. It provides a dedicated messaging service to people involved on an event and could be useful where information needs to be relayed quickly to teams, drivers, managers, media, organisers, officials, CRO’s etc.
  • I have a meeting in Bangalore to discuss this further with the app builder. The plan is to trial it on event in Chikmaglur. If successful I will look at it further for 2017.
  • To trial the service effectively will require as many people as possible to get the app (ie those who would benefit from it and use it) – We used a wechat group in China which was reasonably successful.
  • Please let me know if you are interested or not. If insufficient interest, I will not pursue any further.

As always, any questions on any of the above, please contact me directly.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+63 908 310 5888

Kiwi Duo ‘Guttered’

Mike Young, Malaysian Rally 2016While in third overall at the fifth round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) held in Malaysia this weekend, Kiwi driver Mike Young’s weekend ended in disappointment as he slipped into a ditch and was forced to retire after the car couldn’t be freed.

The drama unfolded for Young and Hamilton based co-driver Malcolm Read in the first stage on day two, after the duo climbed their way up to third at the end of the first leg in their Cusco EZY Racing Subaru Impreza.

“It was such a simple thing. The corner didn’t have a ditch to start with but suddenly the ditch came, we just slipped in and couldn’t get out,” said Young.

While the team had to retire and were not able to re-join due to event regulations, the car suffered no damage and would have been able to continue if that was an option.

“The car has absolutely no damage so while we’re gutted about retiring, we can be happy that the car is damage-free and ready for the next round. Plus we know that our speed was good so that’s always a positive to take home,” said Young.

Remaining upbeat about his performances to date, Young said he will now shift his focus to the next event on his calendar where he hopes he can fight back in the APRC Championship to claim a podium position for his Cusco EZY Racing team.

Mike Young, Malaysian Rally 2016“I will come back fighting at the next round. I want to give my Cusco and EZY Racing a good result because their support has been amazing. They always give me the best car and their support is invaluable,” Young continued.

The next rally on Young’s calendar is the final round of the APRC, the Rally of India, held in December near Bangalore.

To keep up to date visit the Mike Young Motorsport Facebook page:

Young’s campaign is supported by Cusco, EZY Racing, Dunlop, Dreams India, Yoda Rally, Verandah Apartments and KOS Sunglasses.

Source: Team Release

Double Podium for Takale

Sanjay Takale, Malaysian Rally 2016Indian rally driver Sanjay Takale has managed to claim two podium finishes in a career best finish at the Malaysian Rally, doubling as the fifth round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and the third round of the Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC) held this weekend in Johor Bahru.

Takale, who was cross entered into both the APRC and MRC events, managed to claim second in the international APRC event while taking out the top spot in first in the national MRC rally.

The Pune-based driver managed to beat well known faster drivers to his finishing positions, as he finished head of German young-gun Fabian Kreim and Malaysian rally legend Karamjit Singh.

“I have never been on such a high in my career,” said a ecstatic Takale. “I am very happy with the results and wish to thank everyone who has supported me including my family, friends and Cusco.”

As one of the more experienced drivers in the international field, Takale knew what to expect of the Malaysian roads and adjusted his driving style accordingly.

“I had a simple strategy this weekend; stay centre. I have experience in Malaysia and as everyone knows, anything can happen. If you are a little too aggressive you can go off, so you have to be very patient. That was what I saw happening to the other drivers so I kept my cool, stuck to my plan and made it here,” said Takale.

The only issue in an otherwise stellar weekend was a puncture in the last stage which didn’t cost him and co-driver Noriko Takeshita too much time but made handling in the mud very difficult.

Sanjay Takale, Malaysian Rally 2016“We hit a rock on the right front corner in the last stage. We came in and couldn’t move away from the line we were on because it was too slippery, so we hit the rock. I knew straight away we would get a puncture and after half a kilometre, we had,” explained Takale.

Takale also credits his supporters and Cusco team for his success this weekend, including co-driver Takeshita who has been with him since Rally Whangarei earlier this year.

“Wow. The team has been excellent. There was nothing wrong with the car and they look after me very well. I have to really thank them for this one,” said Takale.

“And Noriko is very clever. She kept me on the road and at the start of each stage, there was a lot of instructions ‘turn early, brake early’ and so on.”

Now Takale turns his focus to the next event on his calendar, which is his home event, the Rally of India, around Bangalore. He said he is really looking forward to showing everyone at home what he does in the APRC.

“I am very excited to be rallying in India. I can’t wait to show everyone the car, the team, and to also show all the other APRC competitors what a fantastic place India is. It will be a great event I’m sure,” he said.

To keep up to date with Takale between rounds, visit his Facebook page:

Source: Team Release