Competitor Update – 27 June 2017

International Rally of Johor

  • Supplementary Regulations, entry forms, testing and accommodation request forms are available on the rally website www.malaysianrally.com
  • I am working with organisers on the layout of the service park/pre-event service area at Johor Circuit. Final details will be advised asap.
  • Forms for applying for the ICP (local registration and 3rd party insurance) will be available online soon. As this process can take some time, I recommend that this be done as soon as possible.
  • Team containers are expected to be delivered to the Johor Circuit, on Saturday 5 August. If possible, I am planning for the customs inspection process to take place on Sunday 6 August. I will be onsite for this. I will confirm once details have been finalised.
  • For the export to Japan following Rally of Johor, it is expected that export customs inspections will take place on Monday afternoon, 14 August at Johor Circuit. This means team containers will need to be packed and ready for inspection by approx midday on Monday 14 August.

APRC Working Group meeting

  • The annual APRC Working Group meeting is expected to be held on Monday 14 August, following Rally of Johor.
  • Final details are yet to be confirmed, however, this meeting is likely to take place in Singapore. Once details are confirmed, I will keep you all updated.
  • The Working Group meeting is an important part of the planning and management of APRC. As teams have discovered in recent years, the WG wants to hear the views of teams/competitors. Your presence at the meeting is important, your views and opinions are valuable and necessary to make the APRC better.

Rally Hokkaido

  • Supplementary Regulations are expected to be available any day.
  • A reminder to teams and competitors. It is now a requirement for the holders of the FIA carnets to present themselves to Japan Customs in Tomakomai.
  • FIA carnet holders MUST present themselves, with their passports, to the Tomakomai Customs office on Friday 8 September at 9 am. In association with my agent in Tomakomai, we are working on a plan to do this as a group. Once confirmed I will provide details.
  • The most important thing at this stage is that you are in Tomakomai on Friday 8 August. This will normally mean you would need to fly in to Sapporo airport Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Asia Cup registration, APRC regulation change

  • A reminder that registrations for Asia Cup now close on Friday 21 July, the same date as close of entries for Rally of Johor. Registration forms are available on the APRC website www.fiaaprc.com
  • With the cancellation of China Rally, Asia Cup will now consist of 3 rallies, Malaysia, Japan and India. All 3 rounds will count towards final results for Asia Cup, APRC 2 Asia Cup and APRC 3 Asia Cup.
  • The APRC executive, and with approval of the FIA Rallies Commission, has agreed to waive the requirement under APRC Regulations (2017 FIA RRSR V4) Art 5.3 and Art 5.4.3 where competitors are required to pay the entry fee to organisers for all nominated rallies, even if any rallies are not entered or competed in.
  • Please note that the above changes are effective for 2017 only. There is expected to be a revision of registration requirements prior to 2018. All other requirements of APRC registration have NOT changed for 2017.
  • If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact me directly.

2WD APRC 3 Cars available

Have you ever wanted to seriously compete in APRC, and are comfortable driving a state of the art 2WD R2 rally car?

There will be RHD R2 cars available from Rally of Johor onwards, for use in Asia Cup, Malaysia, Japan and India. And for a full APRC programme in 2018. If you would like to know more about these cars, please just drop me an email.

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.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+63 908 310 5888
murray.brown@fiaaprc.com

Photo by Lachlan McKinnon


Competitor Update – 8 June 2017

China Rally Zhangye

  • As per official advice posted on the APRC website, China Rally Zhangye has been cancelled.
  • With the cooperation of the organisers we are working on plans to ensure that the 2018 APRC rally in China will not be compromised in same way.

International Rally of Johor

  • In recognition of the long history of rallying in Johor, including the continuing support of the Johor State Government and the support of His Highness, the Tunku Temenggong, the Malaysian round of APRC is now known as The International Rally of Johor.
  • Rally Guide 1 is now available online www.malaysianrally.com
  • For 2017 there will be a new Rally HQ hotel and preferred accommodation. This is the Holiday Villa Johor Bahru City Centre – located adjacent to KSL City and close to Paragon Hotel. More details will be available online soon, including accommodation booking forms.
  • Also for 2017 a new pre-event service area and service park will be set up at the Johor Circuit. Full details will be made available as soon as they are available.
  • Forms for applying for the ICP (local registration and 3rd party insurance) will be available online soon. As this process can take some time, I recommend that this be done as soon as possible.
  • Team containers are expected to be delivered to the Johor Circuit, on Saturday 5 August. I am working on the customs inspection process and expect this to be similar as in previous years, ie an open door inspection only. I will be onsite for this. I will confirm once details have been finalised.

Rally Hokkaido

  • Draft Supplementary regulations have been sent to FIA and are expected to be available soon. Rally Guide 1 is already available online www.rally-hokkaido.com
  • Kita Aikoku Community Centre will again be the location of the pre-event and rally service park.
  • Access to Kita Aikoku will be from 0900hrs on Monday 11 September
  • A reminder to teams and competitors. It is now a requirement for the holders of the FIA carnets to present themselves to Japan Customs in Tomakomai. I am working on date/time for this to happen and will advise as soon as possible.

Asia Cup registration, APRC regulation change

  • A reminder that registrations for Asia Cup now close on Friday 21 July, the same date as close of entries for Rally of Johor. Registration forms are available on the APRC website www.fiaaprc.com
  • With the cancellation of China Rally, Asia Cup will now consist of 3 rallies, Malaysia, Japan and India. All rounds will count towards final results for Asia Cup, APRC 2 Asia Cup and APRC 3 Asia Cup.
  • The APRC executive, and with approval of the FIA Rallies Commission, has agreed to waive the requirement under APRC Regulations (2017 FIA RRSR V4) Art 5.3 and Art 5.4.3 where competitors are required to pay the entry fee to organisers for all nominated rallies, even if any rallies are not entered or competed in.
  • If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact me directly.

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.

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+63 908 310 5888
murray.brown@fiaaprc.com

Photo by Lachlan McKinnon


China Rally: APRC Looks to 2018

Problems with logistics and shipping have forced the organisers of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and the China Rally to cancel this year’s event in Zhangye, originally scheduled for 7-9 July.

A slight shift in the dates of the China Rally, had a huge effect on the shipping schedule for the APRC team shipping containers and increased the likelihood they would not make the next APRC event in Malaysia. Rather than put both events in jeopardy it was collectively decided to cancel China Rally this year and work on a solution for 2018.

Gaurav Gill, China Rally 2016
APRC president Vicky Chandhok said “Much as we have all tried very hard to make it work, the logistical issues posed a very critical threat to not just the China Rally but the Malaysian round as well. Under the circumstances and given the timeframe we have recommended to the FIA that the 2017 round be cancelled and we all work together to ensure that the 2018 rally runs with adequate planning of logistics”.

Wan Heping, Vice President of Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of China reinforced the need to find solutions for the future. “All of us have made the best efforts to save the APRC China 2017 and we should not put any risk to the Malaysian round. I fully understand the difficulty on the shipping and now we should really look into what we can do for 2018”.

The event in Zhangye will run as a round of the China Rally Championship, while the 2017 APRC will now comprise five events New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Japan and India.

The next event for the APRC is the Rally of Johor, Malaysia 11-13 August.