Competitor Update – 6 February 2018

Welcome to my first APRC email update for 2018. The month of January has raced by and now we find ourselves in the 2nd week of February. Time for some information, for your reference.

2018 APRC Calendar

The calendar of rallies for 2018 is as follows.

  • New Zealand Whangarei 5-6 MAY
  • Australia Canberra 2-3 JUNE
  • Malaysia Johor 21-22 JULY
  • Japan Hokkaido 15-16 SEPTEMBER
  • China Longyou 20-21 OCTOBER
  • India Chikmagaluru 1-2 DECEMBER

2018 APRC Regulations

As approved at the APRC Working Group meeting and now the FIA, there are a few changes to the 2018 APRC Regulations. Please visit the APRC website for the latest version of FIA 2018 RRSR including V4 (APRC),

  • AP4 cars may have engine capacity up to 1620cc
  • AP4 cars registered to score points in APRC and/or any of the Cups must be fitted with a 32mm restrictor
  • AP4 cars that are not registered to score points may be fitted with 34mm restrictors
  • There will no longer be a requirement to nominate individual rallies. Competitors will nominate which Championships and/or Cups they wish to compete in.
  • Nomination of a Championship and/or Cup can be done at any time during the year. Points will not be allocated retrospectively.
  • Registration and nomination of Championships and/or Cups must be completed before the close of entries of the relevant rally of the Championship/Cup.
  • Changes to the registration fee which is now to be paid in New Zealand dollars – NZD
  • 2018 APRC Registration forms, along with 2018 National Car Approval forms are available on the APRC website.

2018 APRC promotional brochure

The 2018 APRC brochure has been completed by Brian Young and is now available online. A high resolution print capable copy is also available on request. For further information please contact Brian Young –

Cars available for hire for APRC

There are a few cars (R2 and R3) that are available for hire/lease/arrive and drive for APRC rallies. If you are interested in these, please contact me directly and I will put you in contact with the team owners.

Shipping and Carnets

  • Teams and drivers who are wanting to compete in Rally Whangarei, 1st round of 2018, I am advising that you should ensure your containers and team equipment should arrive in Auckland, New Zealand no later than Monday 23 April.
  • This is to allow time for quarantine inspections and the fact that Wednesday 25 April is a public holiday in NZ.
    A reminder if you plan to compete in Japan, you are required to have FIA carnets for your cars and service vehicles.
  • Note: the carnet holders must present themselves with their passports to the Customs office in Tomakomai, Hokkaido, Japan before release of the containers. In respect of this I advise some thought be given to who the carnet holder is.

I can provide further advice on this as required.

International Rally of Whangarei

Rally Guide 1 is available online and can be downloaded here.


If you require any further information or advice on any of the above, please contact me directly. I look forward to working with you in 2018

Murray Brown
APRC Coordinator
+63 908 310 5888