APRC showing signs of life for 2019 and beyond
- 12th November 2018, 8:57am
"It has been no secret for two or three years that they have all been struggling - not just the APRC."The rationale was to establish why, and what, if anything, could be achieved or salvaged." While a long way from its glory days in the 1990s when Subaru, Mitsubishi and Toyota all ran multiple-car factory teams, the APRC still has plenty to offer. The championship's honour board is littered with famous names: Kenjiro Shinozuka, Rod Millen, Carlos Sainz, Ross Dunkerton, Possum Bourne, Kenneth Eriksson, Karamjit Singh, Cody Crocker, Alister McRae, Chris Atkinson .... the list of winners goes on and on. In more recent times, Skoda, through their involvement with MRF Tyres and Race Torque Engineering, have used the championship to further develop a number of their European stars for WRC competition. Drivers such as Jan Kopecky, Pontus Tidemand and Ole Christian Veiby have all spent a season in what is widely regarded as the most challenging and diverse rally championship in the world. Murray Brown says that the APRC is not yet in the critical care unit, but it does need some major surgery to get it back to full health.
"As a result of the review, we have had meetings with the FIA, they have visited our rallies, and a plan is starting to emerge," Brown added."Nothing has been confirmed yet, but there will be changes to the format and structure of APRC that are currently proposed. "It is expected that the changes, as driven by the FIA, and supported by the APRC Working Group, would take effect in 2019." As part of the discussions with the FIA, APRC President, Vicky Chandhok, told RallySport Mag:
"Those changes could also mean that a return to the APRC for an Australian event is well on the cards - even for 2019 if all goes to plan,” he said.We wait with renewed interest that the APRC could be ready to make the slow, steady climb back to prominence as a popular FIA championship. Rallying in both Australia and New Zealand - and, of course across the rest of the Asia Pacific region - is eagerly awaiting the outcome.
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