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Fresh APRC assault for Young and Toyota Vitz

Mike Young. Photo: Cori Mitchell

Perth-based New Zealander, Mike Young, will tackle the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 2019 as he embarks on his second season driving a Toyota Vitz AP4.

With support from Cusco, Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) and Dunlop, Young’s 2018 season was hampered by reliability problems, however, he showed good speed when the car was running well.

“While it wasn’t the greatest year for finishes, I’m happy to be part of a development programme and work with the engineers,” Young told RallySport Mag.

“In regard to other plans, it’s hard to say what we will be doing just yet.

Mike Young driving the Toyota Vitz AP4 in Canberra this year. Photo: Luke Whitten

“Everything is still in the planning stage, but I’d definitely like to be doing extra events in Europe – even if it’s one-off events in the European or World rally championships.”

Young also hasn’t ruled out appearances in the New Zealand or Australian rally championships, depending on what his program allows.

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His first event next year is likely to be the Snow Rally in Japan in February, however, that’s dependent on a rebuild and modification of the existing Vitz.

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.


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