Young, Cusco Plan APRC Campaign

Cusco and Kiwi driver Mike Young are looking to pick up where they left off in the APRC, with a plan to contest the Japanese qualifying rounds ahead of the November APRC final in Coffs Harbour.

In 2019, the last time a full APRC season was contested, Young was the odds-on favourite to win his first APRC Championship title, having won multiple APRC Junior, 2WD, Production and Asia Cup titles since 2014. But electrical problems with his Cucso Toyota C-HR APR-4 eventually forced his retirement from the 2019 APRC final, handing the title to Chinese-Taipei driver Lin Dewei.

Having moved from Perth back to New Zealand, Young has been in regular contact with Cusco, planning a comeback for both Young and the Japanese motorsport team. Assuming travel between Japan and New Zealand remains open, Young will possibly drive the Cusco Toyota C-HR at June’s Rally Montre and September’s Rally Hokkaido.

Mike Young, Rally Hokkaido 2019
“Well this will be my 10th year competing in APRC events so I can’t wait to be back after a two year break due to the global pandemic”, Young commented after the announcement. “I have certainly missed it a lot and looking forward to the adventure that the APRC brings. It’s awesome to be back with Cusco Racing, we have been working together for many years and I hope that can continue now that we are seeing the other side of the pandemic.”

“The APRC championship is one thing I’ve always wanted to win. I have come second a lot. I felt at the 2019 APRC final was going to be my year. It wasn’t to be so I’m still chasing that win!”

Mike Young, Rally Malaysia 2016
In the meantime Young will be jump back into the SAS Subaru Impreza this weekend’s Rally Otago, the car he used last year in the New Zealand Rally Championship. “I did the Lawrence Rally at the end of last year, just to get a taste of the Southland roads, and even though it was a blind rally we managed to finish second overall. So I’m happy that with (pace) notes we’ll be close to the pace. Otago is a rally that every driver wants to do and especially this year when it runs on the roads near Middlemarch.”

Cusco is backing Young’s NZRC campaign too and is planning to ship one of their Cusco-built Subaru’s in time for the Auckland waterfront-based Repco WRC Rally of New Zealand at the end of September.