2016 was the perfect year for Gaurav Gill, winning all six rounds and claiming his second Asia-Pacific Rally Championship title. A long-term MRF factory driver, Gill won his first APRC event at the 2008 Rally of Indonesia. And the change to a Skoda Fabia has brought greater success, with his first championship in 2013.
For 2017, Gill teams up with the experienced Stephan Prevot.
Ole Christian Veiby
Ole Christan Veiby is a man on the move, and lines up for the 2017 APRC season fresh from a WRC2 podium at Rally Sweden.
And although the APRC events are quite different to northern hemisphere conditions he is used to, Veiby and experienced co-driver Stig Rune Skjærmoen will be determined to get the better of their Skoda team-mates Gaurav Gill and Stephan Prevot.
Jari Ketomaa is a veteran of WRC and Production WRC events. For 2017 he steps into the Mpart Sport Mitsubishi Mirage, a car he debuted at the 2016 Malaysian Rally.
The Finn is quick and experienced in all types of conditions. The Mirage has shown it can take the rough APRC conditions. Expect him to be a contender for this year title.
Current British National Cup champion Robert Blomberg makes his APRC debut in the second Mpart Mirage.
Blomberg started rallying in Sweden in 2012, taking the Swedish Rally Cup in 2014. Thanks to his 2016 BRC title, Blomberg has a lot of exprience in the Mitsubishi Mirage and will be one to watch this year.
Co-Driver: Srikanth Gowda (IN)
With more than 60 events under his belt and 40 podiums, current Indian national champion PG Abhilash is a man who knows how to get a result.
Abhilash, and co-driver Srikanth Gowda, will compete for both the APRC 2 and Pacific Cup titles in a Subaru WRX STI.
Co-Driver: Mitsuo Nakamura (JP)
Team: Ahresty Rally Team
Fuyuhiko Takahashi is no stranger to the APRC, having competed with the Ahresty Rally team in 2015 and 2016.
He has banked solid results at both the Australian and Japanese rounds of the series, with 5th place at Rally Hokkaido 2015 being his best result to date. Takahashi returns in his Subaru WRX STI to compete for the Pacific Cup APRC2 title.