The Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) is firmly established as one of the premier regional championships in World Rallying. The quality of events and the level of competition continues to go from strength to strength.
Taking place in one of the most diverse regions of the world, in a climate of rapidly expanding economies, the FIA APRC continues to attract drivers and teams from across the world. Some of the best Gp N drivers in the world feature in this exciting and exacting championship, where television audiences around the world are measured in hundreds of millions.
Each of the seven events of 2010 APRC has its own unique characteristics, adding to the allure of rallying in this part of the world. From the dust and dirt of Queensland, to the tropical paradise of New Caledonia, to the wintery conditions of Whangarei, to the home of Gp N rallying in Japan, to the steaming jungles and plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia, to the majesty of China, APRC offers each and every participant something to savour. With its diversity of climate, topography, culture, language, cuisine and history, APRC is truly a regional championship offering the very best of what this region has to offer.
APRC 2010 will feature seven events on the calendar, Johor (Malaysia), Obihiro (Japan), Whangarei (New Zealand), Queensland (Australia), Noumea (New Caledonia), Makassar (Indonesia) and Longyou (China).
Again this year competitors can register for the Asia or Pacific Cups. This provides an opportunity for competitors to get a “taste” of international rallying, without the need to commit to the full APRC. Each Cup will comprise 3 events (3 of 3 in Pacific – 3 of 4 in Asia). Full registration requirements are detailed in the series regulations.
APRC is primarily a Group N championship, in that the favoured cars are the current world leaders in Gp N rally technology. Subaru and Mitsubishi will be well represented in the series in 2010.
In 2009, Subaru were the recipients of the manufacturers trophy, while the Motor Image Rally Team supported Australian driver Cody Crocker won the drivers title with his co-driver Ben Atkinson taking the co-driver honours.
Visit the APRC site at http://www.fiaaprc.com