Competitor Update – 16 February 2017

Further updates and information for your 2017 APRC experience.

2017 FIA Appendix J, Article 253

There are several changes to safety equipment as per Art 253 for 2017.
FIA Technical Delegate Julian Leach has listed the major areas that could affect your eligibility, for safety.

The list can be found on the APRC website, under Competitor Information.

FT3 fuel tanks for Group A & N cars

  • Further to previous information, there is no waiver granted by the FIA to accommodate Gp A & N cars with standard fuel tanks.
  • Competitors affected by this change of regulation are advised to make application for ASN approval. The revised form is available on the APRC website –
  • The APRC executive has agreed that for National Vehicle applications that are specifically for the fuel tank issue only, there will be no fee payable.

International Rally of Whangarei

  • Supplementary Regulations are due to be available 24 February
    IROW has advised that the entry fee for the APRC/International section of the rally has been REDUCED by NZD 1000 this year.
  • IROW with the FIA Technical Delegate have compiled a summary of vehicle eligibility for Rally Whangarei. Please contact the organisers or myself if you would like a copy.
  • Once again the rally HQ and Service Park will be located at Toll Stadium.
  • Organisers are working on a plan to improve the flow and working areas of the SP layout.
  • As in previous years teams will again have access to the Northtec workshop facility for pre-event preparation.
  • In advance planning for logistics for this rally, I am advising teams to have their containers arriving in Auckland port, no later than Monday 17 April
    MPI quarantine inspections will be held on Thursday 20 or Friday 21 April in Auckland. Once completed containers will then be moved to Northtec, Whangarei
  • Final details will be advised closer to time

APRC and Pacific Cup Registration dates

  • A reminder that APRC registration forms, and registration fees, must be submitted to the APRC secretariat on or before 31 March 2017 to benefit from the early registration fee (Euro 150 per driver and codriver)
  • Registration fees after 31 March 2017 will be Euro 250 each.
  • Registrations close on 10 April 2017 if Rally Whangarei (NZL) is your first nominated rally for APRC, and Pacific Cup.
  • The 2017 APRC registration form is available online at

International Rally of Queensland

  • Some preliminary information for IROQ is available on the event website.
  • One of the major changes is the move of all facilities to the Nambour Showgrounds. This includes a “Rally Village” with many different activities planned.
  • Where possible, all international teams will service under cover on hard stand, alongside their team containers.

If you have any questions at all on any of the above, or any other aspect of APRC 2017, please feel free to contact me directly.

If having problems accessing or downloading any of the forms and information as mentioned above, please contact me directly and I can email copies.

Be safe out there, and happy rallying.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+63 908 310 5888

Queensland opens Village and Stadium to Fans

An action-packed rally village and stadium special stage open to fans and generous incentives to attract more competitors top a host of changes for a new-look International Rally of Queensland (IROQ) on 26-28 May.

In its ninth year as a round of the prestigious FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and Queensland’s only international motorsport event, the rally will consolidate all its key facilities and new spectator attractions on the Sunshine Coast, 100 kms north of Brisbane.

While the bulk of competition Special Stages will remain on forest roads just north of the Coast, a new stage run twice on Saturday on shire roads will bring the action much closer to spectators and to the new IROQ Rally Village at Nambour Showgrounds.

The IROQ Rally Village will host attractions for spectators throughout the rally week, but the highlight will be a Super Special Stage run within the Nambour Showgrounds on Saturday night.

Eli Evans, Rally of Queensland 2015“The Super Special Stage is being run for the first time since 2013 and will be a big drawcard for spectators and competitors,” the rally’s sporting chief, Clerk of Course Brian Everitt, said.

“We’ve created an exciting little stage of 1.3 kms that runs inside the showgrounds precinct and includes a high-speed lap of the main ring. With excellent grandstand seating and rally car headlights piercing the darkness, the action will be easy to follow and highly spectacular.”

Supporting the on-track action, the IROQ Rally Village will provide constant entertainment and interest for visitors.

Cars from overseas and around Australia will be based there from the previous weekend while their driver and co-driver crews conduct testing and reconnaissance on the special stages in preparation for the rally.

Public will be invited to a free welcome barbecue with competitors on Friday night.

Throughout the weekend they will be able to see cars coming and going from the stages, meet top drivers from several countries, enjoy trade, market and food stalls, car displays, children’s attractions and join the champagne celebrations at podium ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

Competitors in the Asia-Pacific, Australian and Queensland Rally Championships will be offered substantially reduced entry fees to encourage them to run at IROQ.

“The International Rally of Queensland is one event on the calendar international and national competitors can’t afford to miss,” Everitt said.

MRF Team, Rally Queensland 2015“Above all else we offer a rally in one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal tourism regions and at a time of year when the weather is perfect. Beaches, sub-tropical hinterland, resorts, theme parks and many other attractions make IROQ an ideal combination of sport and leisure for competitors and their supporters.

“Traditionally IROQ’s challenging gravel roads provide a true test of skill for drivers and an unforgettable experience for spectators.

“Over the years they have tested international stars such as Hayden Paddon, Chris Atkinson, Alister McRae, Esapekka Lappi, Gaurav Gill. This year we expect to see a new generation of rising talent including Harry Bates and new national champion Molly Taylor, plus some new cars.

“Combined with the new stages and attractions at the Rally Village, IROQ 2017 promises to be the best yet.”

Source: Event Release

The International Rally of Queensland is supported through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program as part of a growing calendar of events across the State. The International Rally of Queensland also is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.