The FIA APRC is spread through a diverse range of countries, climates, cultures and a huge population base of over 2.5 billion people. In the 30 years since the championship began there have been regular events in New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China and India.
The idea of a Pacific Rim championship had been on the drawing board since 70’s however it wasn’t until the late 1980’s that the climate was ripe for such a series.
The series went from strength to strength, by the mid 1990’s second only to the world championship in stature, attracting full factory teams from Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota and drivers the calibre of Colin McRae and Kenneth Eriksson, the latter taking the title three times from 1995-97.
That increased influence from Asia has continued into the 21st century and one where the series has been dominated by Indian tyre manufacturer MRF and lately by Indian driver Gaurav Gill.
Excerpts of text from “The New Zealand Rally – Celebrating 25 Years”, by David Thomson.