Competitor Update – 30 March 2017

International Rally of Whangarei

  • Plans for team containers to be cleared and delivered to Northtec, Whangarei are in place.
  • Teams involved in MPI quarantine inspections have been advised of location and date for this to happen. This will be Thursday 20 April or Friday 21 April in Auckland.
  • Team containers are expected to be available at Northtec pre-event service area from approx midday on Saturday 22 April.
  • The Northtec Future Trades pre-event service area is located at 19 Dyer St, Raumanga, Whangarei. This is a secure area with access limited to those with the necessary authority. Unless I am advised otherwise, all teams containers will be moved from Northtec to Toll Stadium service park on Thursday afternoon, 27 April.
  • A reminder that the Rally HQ and service park will be located at Toll Stadium, 51 Okara Drive, Whangarei.
  • 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 (page 9) Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this. I will be on site in Whangarei to assist with this..
  • Third party insurance is required for all vehicles, please refer to RG1 (pages 14 & 15).
  • We have a relatively short time frame to get to next rally in Canberra. Consequently team containers must be packed and ready for transport back to port by midday Monday 1 May.

APRC and Pacific Cup Registration dates

    A reminder that APRC registration forms, and registration fees, must be submitted to the APRC secretariat aprcsecretariat@cams.com.au on or before 31 March 2017 – TOMORROW – 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.
  • Registration fee for competitor (if not the driver or codriver) is Euro 250.
  • The 2017 APRC registration form is available online at http://fiaaprc.com/competitor-information/.

National Capital Rally

  • Plans are well advanced for this rally and organisers are working hard to ensure a successful rally for all.
  • As we are in Australia, there will be the usual quarantine inspections to take place for all containers and equipment going to Canberra. At this stage we are expecting this to happen in Canberra, subject to final confirmation from the government authorities.
  • Team containers will be transported to the Mike Bell Service Park located in Beaufighter St, Canberra. This is adjacent to Canberra airport runway. Currently we are expecting this will be on Saturday 20 May.

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
murray.brown@fiaaprc.com


Ketomaa and Blomberg Step Up to APRC

Jari Ketomaa, Malaysian Rally 2016Swedish constructor of the rally-developed Mitsubishi Mirage, MPart AB, is the first team to announce their plans for two cars to contest a full season in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, one to be driven by Finnish ace Jari Ketomaa

Following the car’s highly successful debut in the APRC, when Ketomaa finished an impressive second overall in October’s Malaysian Rally, the Mirage proved it was ideally suited to the tough and varied demands that are encountered in this long standing and highly regarded championship.

For MPart, the added appeal of contesting the APRC’s six rounds in Australasia, India and the Far East, is the acceptance by championship officials that the Mitsubishi is eligible to battle for overall positions and championship points alongside homologated R5, R4 and NR4 cars in Class AP4, as MPart boss Tomas Weng explains:

“The Asia Pacific Rally Championship provides a great showcase for our Mitsubishi, as it is given parity against cars of the same specification that it wouldn’t otherwise have in the WRC, ERC and some domestic rally championships. Therefore, it is of great interest to us to be able to compete on a level playing field against other cars of similar specification and therefore challenge for overall positions and the championship title.

“Another major attraction of the APRC is in light of our result in Malaysia last year. It confirmed the car is competitive and, if we can repeat the same performance in other events, then I’m confident we will be able to score even more podium results.”

Whilst he admits that last year’s Malaysian event was tough, Ketomaa, is excited about the challenge of contesting a whole season in the APRC.

“In all my years of competing, I have never driven a tougher event than last year’s Malaysian Rally. To get through it and finish second was a fantastic achievement for all of us as a team and testimony to the durability and performance of the car.

“I am extremely motivated about the Asia-Pacific Championship. I would really like to win it – and I think as a team we can win it. It’s a very high profile championship and to add an FIA title to my CV would be fantastic.”

Ketomaa added that competing in this championship sends out an important message for MPart and its cars. “Tomas and his team have a set up in Sweden that is worthy of any manufacturer-backed operation. Therefore, competing in the APRC can establish the company as a major player in the motorsport industry and is another step towards other high profile global campaigns in the future.”

Robert Blomberg, British Rally Championship 2016British National Cup Champion Robert Blomberg, from Sweden, and co-driver Lars Andersson, will run the same Mirage that they used with great success in the UK in 2016. “Competing in the UK last year was a completely new experience for me. Now I’ve done that, been there, it’s time for something else and, when Tomas said he was considering a season in the Asia-Pacific Championship, I thought well, why not! I enjoy new challenges and, having spent some time working in the some of the countries where the APRC takes place, rallying over there was already on my bucket list.

“The Mitsubishi has proved it can be competitive in the region, so I hope I can help Tomas to promote the cars there and, together with Jari, we will try our best to win the constructor title for the team.”

The two Mpart Mitsubishis have now left Sweden and are currently on a six-week journey to New Zealand for the first round of the APRC, the Rally Whangarei that takes place in Northland 160Km north of Auckland 28-30th April.

Source: Team Release


Competitor Update – 13 March 2017

Please note the information below regarding the Australian round of 2017 APRC. International Rally of Queensland has been replaced on the APRC calendar by National Capital Rally which will be based in Canberra.

2017 FIA Appendix J, Article 253

  • There are several changes to safety equipment as per Art 253 for 2017. At the latest WMSC meeting, further changes have been made. Please visit http://www.fia.com/regulation/category/117 to get the latest information on updates to Art 253, 254 and 255
  • If you are unsure of the impact of these changes, please make direct contact with APRC Technical Delegate Julian Leach julianleachnz@gmail.com or send me an email and I will follow up.

FT3 fuel tanks for Group A & N cars

  • Further to previous information, the WMSC last week has changed the requirements for FT3 fuel tanks for Gp A & N cars, effective immediately.
  • For 2017 the requirement is waived and will be enforced for cars from 1 Jan 2018.
  • The decision by the APRC executive will still apply, i.e., that for National Vehicle applications that are specifically for the fuel tank issue only, there will be no fee payable. This will only be necessary from 2018 on.
  • Please contact me directly if you have any questions about this.

International Rally of Whangarei

  • Supplementary Regulations, entry forms, maps and further event information are available on the rally website.
  • Entries for IROW close on Monday 10 April
  • 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. Please contact me, or the organisers, if you require further information.
  • 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 aprcsecretariat@cams.com.au on or before 31 March 2017 to benefit from the early registration fee (Euro 150 per driver and co-driver)
  • 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 on the Competitor Information page.

National Capital Rally

  • As you will be aware, IROQ has been cancelled. It has been replaced by National Capital Rally located in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (ACT).
  • Rally Guide 1 for this rally is available from here.
  • Canberra is not new to APRC as for many years the Australian APRC rally was held there. Further information will be made available as soon as its available.
  • Note that the climate we will be going to will be colder than we are familiar with at IROQ. Highs will be 13-14 deg C, with lows down to 2-3 deg C. Bring some warm clothing!!

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
murray.brown@fiaaprc.com


Canberra to Host APRC

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) is pleased to announce that The Brindabella Motorsport Club has agreed to terms that will result in Canberra’s National Capital Rally stepping up to become the new round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) from the 26th to the 28th May 2017.

For CAMS General Manager of Motor Sport – Events Michael Smith, the announcement follows from Friday’s news that the original APRC Round – the International Rally of Queensland (IROQ) – had been cancelled. “Full credit goes to Martin Holberton and the Brindabella Motorsport Club. It’s simply outstanding that they’ve been able to pull this opportunity together and we think that the National Capital Rally will be greatly enhanced with the addition of the APRC.”

For Brindabella Motorsport Club president Martin Holberton the opportunity to have the APRC return to Canberra after a nine year absence made sense: “The event returning to Canberra is the culmination of several years of work with the community to grow the event with increased competitor numbers and spectators. This year we will see international cars come to the capital with multi-million global viewership.”

“The event is already shaping up to be an excellent one, with increased spectating opportunities demonstrating the best parts of Canberra dirt roads in the Cotter and Kowen forests.”

“It is important to pay tribute to Mike Bell, who provided great leadership and development to the club which brought us a round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Championship round in the first place.”

The 2017 FIA APRC National Capital Rally will take place in Australia’s Capital Territory (Canberra) and will be held from the 26th to the 28th May, 2017.


Queensland Out. Canberra In

Cody Crocker, Rally Canberra 2008Earlier today, CAMs announced the International Rally of Queensland had been cancelled. There were a number of factors which caused the organising team to come to the decision.

CAMS have been working on a solution and can confirm that the Australian FIA APRC Round will run on the same scheduled weekend of 26th – 28th May, but will now be held in Canberra.

Further details will be made available on Monday.

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