Fastest on four of the 13 stages, the Subaru pairing extended their opening stage lead to 5min 35.2sec when they arrived for the crowning ceremony.
Using roads north and south of host city Longyou, Zhejiang province, Lin commented the ten years’ experience he has of the event: “Longyou Rally is very difficult – the stage conditions are different every year.
“I am happy now – this is very exciting. I am very happy to win this championship for my sponsors and everyone.”
Of the seven teams vying for the overall title, only four finished.
Finishing fifth overall, behind the non-championship contender Zhang Guoyu, Mike Young gained enough points over Suguru Kawana to claim the Asia Cup.
Pos, No., Driver / Co-driver, Region, Car, Time
1, 7, Lin Dewei / Le Keping, Subaru XV, TPE/CHN, 3hr12min 11.1sec
2, 5, Andrew Hawkeswood / Jeff Cress, Mazda 2, NZL/NZL, +5min 35.2sec
3, 2, Suguru Kawana / Takahiro Yasui, Citroen DS3, JPN/JPN, +7min 06.9sec
4, 9, Zhang Guoyu / Li Jiarun, Subaru XV, CHN/CHN, +16min 43.4sec
5, 1, Mike Young / Malcolm Read, Toyota C-HR, NZL/NZL +3hr57min 28.3sec
2019 APRC standings:
1. Lin Dewei / Le Keping, TPE/CHN – 38 points
2. Andrew Hawkeswood / Jeff Cress, NZL/NZL – 28 points
3. Suguru Kawana / Takahiro Yasui, JPN/JPN – 25 points
4. Mike Young / Malcolm Read, NZL/NZL – 21 points
5. Nao Otake/Noriko Takeshita, JPN/JPN – 4 points
6. Yuki Kohama/Megumi Fujita, JPN/JPN – 1 point