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India will make a long-awaited return to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship next year, with the country to host the season opener. The South India Rally will be held on March 20, and will be based around the Madras Motor Race Track, just 35km west of Chennai. The rally will be the first round of the APRC Finale qualifying series, with points awarded as part of the Asia Cup, and also the first round of the Indian National Rally Championship. Event organisers will handle the transport of vehicles to and from their home port, making the event even more attractive to international crews. Crews only need to cover the customs costs for exit and entry from the home country. “The FIA APRC has a 31 year legacy and is the only championship outside of the WRC that has run successfully all these years,” APRC Working Group President Vicky Chandhok said. “The challenges have been aplenty of course!

APRC's Vicky Chandhok.

"Given this new format it’s now certainly affordable and added to that, the hosts in India have offered free sea freight to all those who are keen on participating in an international championship. I would urge interested participants to use the opportunity and register quickly!” The South India Rally marks a return to India for the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. The last time the series visited the Indian sub-continent was the 2017 Coffee Day rally, which was held near Bengaluru. Other events comprising the Asia Pacific Rally Championship have not yet been announced.
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