Gill’s first APRC round win was in 2008 at Rally Indonesia, battling it out with team-mate Katsu Taguchi and eventual champion Cody Crocker. And after almost claiming the championship 2010, Gaurav broke through for his maiden APRC drivers title in 2013.
Gill and long-term co-driver Glen MacNeall return in 2016 with a new MRF Skoda Fabia R5, and a new team mate in German Fabian Kreim.
In only his fourth season of rallying, 23 year-old Fabian Kreim steps into the seat of a new Skoda R5 and the opportunity to contest a full season of the APRC.
Kreim immediately showed his potential last year in the ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland team, winning five events and finishing second in the German championship. With experienced co-driver Frank Christian calling notes, Kreim will have plenty to prove against his experienced team-mate Gill.
2015 was another stand-out year for Mike Young. Not only did he claim the APRC Production Cup, he nudged out the more experienced Gaurav Gill for second on the overall championship.
And although his Cusco Subaru WRX STI may not be a technically advanced as the brand-new Skoda Fabia R5s of Gill and Kreim, Young has shown that he has the patience and experience to get the most out of of his well-sorted Cusco WRX.
Co-Driver: Sean Gregory (MY)
Team: Cusco Racing Japan
2013 Production Cup champion Sanjay Takale returns for 2016 in the second Cusco Subaru WRX.
Although his 2015 season was cut short due to illness, Takale is a proven finisher and is now one of the more experienced drivers in the APRC field.
Co-Driver: Hideki Takeyabu (JP)
Team: IMMENS Motorsport
2015 was a stand-out for Hitoshi Takayama. Making his international debut at Rally Malaysia, Takayama went on to claim the Asia Cup title in his first year in the APRC.
He and the Immens Motorsport driver are expected to return for the 2016 Asia Cup in his Subaru WRX STI.
Co-Driver: Junwei Fang (CN)
Team: Wan Yu Rally Team
Chinese entrepreneur Fan Fan is a man with plenty of rallying experience, having debuted in the APRC in 2005.
Fan Fan is a regular in both the Chinese and Malaysian rally championships. And as lead driver for the Wan Yu Rally Team, he will draw on that depth of experience in his attempt to win the Asia Cup.