On behalf of the APRC, I would again like to pass on congratulations to all the 2014 APRC Champions. And also of course to all the other competitors who have once again committed to the challenges of APRC.
A full list of 2014 Champions and the final points situation is available on the APRC website www.fiaaprc.com
2015 APRC Calendar
The 2015 calendar has been approved by the FIA. There will be six events of APRC:
- New Zealand 17-19 April
- New Caledonia 15-17 May
- Australia 19-21 June
- Malaysia 14-16 August
- Japan 18-20 September
- China 30 October-1 November
Pacific Cup will include New Zealand, New Caledonia and Australia
Asia Cup will include Malaysia, Japan and China (a fourth rally is expected to be added and confirmed early in 2015)
Junior Cup will include New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Japan
2015 APRC Regulations
The FIA has approved the 2015 APRC regulations. These can be found at http://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/regulation/file/2015%20FIA%20Regional%20Rally%20Sporting%20Regulations_all_0.pdf
Please note the following changes from 2014 under V4 (from page 55)
- Art 4.2, 4.3, 4.4.6
- Art 5.4.2, 5.6
- Art 14.1
- Art 28.1
- Art 56.3
The FIA has given approval for APRC to consider applications from competitors who wish to use cars that meet national elgibility requirements.
This is intended to allow more cars to compete in APRC.
There will be criteria which must be met as part of the application process. There will be a form available from the APRC secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org along with details of the fee payable.
International Rally of Whangarei 2015
2015 will see more of the familiar for Whangarei; Northtec pre-event service area, Quayside SP and HQ.
The organisers have included in the itinerary some new roads never before used for international rallying. But in keeping with the roads that this part of the world is famous for.
Rally Guide 1 is available on the event website www.rallywhangarei.co.nz as well as the APRC website
Rallye de Nouvelle Caledonie 2015
The organisers have re-located the rally, to some familiar territory to the north of Noumea. As well as the stages and SP located in Bourail, the rally will move HQ and the weekend accommodation base to the Sheraton Hotel in Bourail.
Rally Guide 1 is available on the event website www.aprcnewcaledonia.com and provides further details
In consideration of the extra transport costs for teams to move containers from the pre-event service area to Bourail, this cost will be borne by the organisers
Finally, I would like to thank all teams, drivers, co-drivers, competitors and sponsors for their support of APRC in 2014. I trust the experience has been good for you, and I look forward to welcoming you back and working with you again in 2015.
Wishing you all a Safe and Happy Festive Season and better things for 2015.
Please feel free to contact me for further information on any of the above items.