Run from 3 – 5 February it became an even shorter event than the originally planned shortened schedule – with an added directive to close spectating areas due to the spread of COVID-19.
Unique dispensation was sought by the all-snow event to run the lower competition special stage distance of 91km. Unfortunately mild weather reduced the snow base of two special stages – which would have required alternating tyre and car setup.
Due to the reduction in competition only half points could be allocated to the finishers – toward both the Asia and Pacific Cups – a sub title to the overall championship crown.
2023 International Rally of Tsumagoi – APRC
1. T. Kamada / Y Matsumoto (Jpn), Subaru Wrx, 46:24.0
2. Ofukunaga/msaida (Jpn), Skoda Fabia R5, +23.0
3. T Arai / K Kofuji (Jpn), Subaru Wrx, +17.9
Images courtesy of Rally of Tsumagoi