The new format will see the championship decided at a ‘grand’ final expected this year to be the India Rally (30 Nov – 1 Dec). For a competitor to qualify for the final they must enter any two APRC ‘Cup’ events in the Pacific or Asia regions, events that will have the additional status of being rounds of either the FIA APRC Pacific Cup or the FIA APRC Asia Cup.
For the first time in nineteen years the APRC returns to Medan in Indonesia, a location last used in 2000. Following the Rally of Medan in July, one month later is the Rally of Johor in Malaysia, providing competitors with two events in Asia, that are in close proximity.
There is already significant interest from competitors who now have the opportunity to compete in an internationally recognised and FIA sanctioned rally competition, without the massive logistics costs previously incurred.
Click here to view the provisional 2019 calendar.
The 2019 APRC calendar dates will be confirmed, along with final regulations early in the New Year.
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