Driver Profiles

Mike Young

Mike Young
Country: New Zealand
Co-Driver: Malcolm Read (NZ)
Team: Cusco Motorsport
Website: mikeyoung.co.nz

After an interrupted 2017, Mike Young is back with Cusco, and back in a Toyota Vitz. But unlike the Toyotas he campaigned in previous years, this is one has 4WD and a 2L turbo engine.

2016 saw Mike claim his third APRC Production Class for Cusco. But this year he’s been handed the opportunity to compete in the full series for the overall Drivers title.

Yuya Sumiyama

Yuya Sumiyama
Country: Japan
Co-Driver: Takahiro Yasui (JP)
Team: Cusco Motorsport

Long-time Cusco factory driver Yuya Sumiyama is back in 2017 for the full series, and has use of the Skoda Fabia R5 that Cusco purchased last year.

Sumiyama is one of the most experienced drivers in the series, having won the Asia Cup in 2010, 2012 and 2014. It’s going to be a great battle to watch. Sumiyama with a wealth of experience and the proven Skoda R5 against his team-mate Young in the potentially fast but unproven Toyota Vitz.

Fabio Frisiero

Fabio Frisiero
Country: Italy
Co-Driver: Simone Scattolin (ITA)

Experienced Italian driver Fabio Friserio makes his APRC debut in 2018, with a full championship campaign planned.

While Fabio last rallied at Rally Australia in 2017, it will be his first time in New Zealand since 2007, and he has never competed in Malaysia, Japan, China or India. However he does have the massively experienced Race Torque team preparing his Peugeot AP4, with whom who worked with at the 2017 Rally Australia.

Fuyuhiko Takahashi

Fuyuhiko Takahashi
Country: Japan
Co-Driver: Mitsuo Nakamura (JP)
Team: Ahresty Rally Team

Fuyuhiko Takahashi returns to the APRC for 2018, having competed with the Ahresty Rally team in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Known for his ability to bank solid results, Takahashi returns in his Subaru WRX STI competing in the overall Drivers championship as well as the Teams title.

PG Abhilash

PG Abhilash
Country: India
Co-Driver: Srikanth Gowda (IN)

With more than 60 events under his belt and 40 podiums, former Indian national champion PG Abhilash is a man who knows how to get a result.

In 2017 Abhilash and co-driver Srikanth Gowda added the APRC2 championship title to their trophy cabinet. This year they return for the APRC Asia Cup rounds, in addition to competing in the UAE and Malaysian national championships.