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The south-east Asian location of Indonesia hosts this weekend’s fifth round of the 2019 FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). Last run as a round of the APRC in 2009 it has a long been part of the multi-continent series and even hosted two rounds of the World Rally Championship (WRC) between 1996 and 1997. A new generation of drivers has added a further five cars to the APRC field; three Mitsubishi Lancers, the former Hawkeswood AP4 Mazda 2 and the Peugeot 208 of Italian Fabio Frisiero. All contesting the Asia Cup qualifying round, it is the second opportunity teams get to confirm eligibility for the all-in final in China. Threading through the Lonsum Plantation in North Sumatra (the northern coast of Indonesia), the rally uses six sections of road configured as ten special stages. Frome pine and sugar plantations to sections of natural bush, the road surface is gravel on a clay base – which can become very slippery if it rains. While the equatorial region is currently in its dry season, weather for the event is expected to be cloudy with daily afternoon thunderstorms. Following Friday evening’s ceremonial start the two days of competition begins 9am Saturday as teams tackle six special stages. Distances range between 11km and 24.9km through the Rambong Sialang estate (south of Medan) – which includes the centrally located service park. Sunday’s remaining four special stages, all held within the same estate, return to the nearby Lubuk Pakam for the ceremonial finish. Visit the event website HERE.
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