Sat, 14 Dec 2019 - Thomson announces new co-driver for 2020

Christchurch’s Dylan Thomson is pleased to announce he will work with co-driver Kieran Anstis for his 2020 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship.

Thomson has worked with partner Amy Hudson since making his rallying debut in 2016 but with Hudson purchasing a rally car of her own and looking to do some driving, Thomson didn’t have to look far for a replacement co-driver.

Anstis comes well credentialled as a graduate of both Motorsport New Zealand’s Elite Academy and Rally New Zealand’s co-drivers academy, while also sitting alongside some of New Zealand’s top rally drivers, including an NZRC podium at the final round of the 2019 season, Rally Waitomo.

“Amy started talking about taking a year off earlier this season when she bought herself a rally car and it’s nearly ready to run so we both figured it’s as good a time as any,” says Thomson.

“The opportunity to work with Kieran came up and I think we’ll make a good combination, we’ve both got similar ambitions and expectations for 2020 and moving further forward.”

“Dylan and I started talking after Waitomo about partnering up for the 2020 season, we are both chasing similar goals and targets so I’m really looking forward to working with him and the team next year,” adds Anstis.

After a season learning the four-wheel drive Specialised Auto Services Subaru netted third overall, Thomson and Anstis will be looking for consistent top five finishes and to repeat the top three championship standing come year end.

Dylan Thomson Rallysport’s campaign is supported by Total Lubricants, Riordan and West Transport Pukekohe, Drew + Accounting, Harrier Signs, Specialised Auto Services, Steelrite Framing, LJ Hooker, Fowler Homes South Auckland and New Zealand, AA Autocentre Hornby, Stadium Finance, Jivan Produce, Dunlop, Dixcel and Braketech.

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 - Paddon: ‘I’m not giving up’

New Zealand’s most successful rally driver Hayden Paddon has put a ‘rain-check’ on his WRC career, and is taking a fresh focus on building his own New Zealand-based team to take into international competition by 2025.

Keeping their minds open to various possibilities, Paddon and his New Zealand based team will now take a fresh approach to the future, knowing that the World Rally Championship will continue to evolve and change in coming years. Their other focus to try to secure the right deal for Paddon to compete in the 2020 running of WRC Rally New Zealand in a WRC car.

“This is not the end,” says Paddon. “It’s more of a rain check, but we have to be realistic. With only eight drivers’ seats in the WRC and having spent the year on the outside, there are limited opportunities at present. So it’s time to take a fresh approach to it all and focus on the building blocks of our own New Zealand team which I’m enjoying more than ever.

“Rally New Zealand is also a priority for 2020 and we will do everything we can to try and make it happen. Competing on roads I know well would give us a good leg-up compared to other competitors and I hope we have a chance to exploit that and fulfil a lifetime goal of trying to win Rally New Zealand.”

Paddon, age 32, is now based in Cromwell at his Paddon Rallysport Group (PRG) headquarters where his team is developing one of the first 100 per cent electric-powered Hyundai rally cars.

“We have already put the building blocks in place with our own New Zealand team and are working hard to develop relevant technology that will come into its own at the pinnacle of the sport in the coming years. The automotive industry and motorsports are changing quickly and we are presently trying to be proactive rather than reactive.

“Our goal is to take a 100 per cent Kiwi team to international competition within five years.”

Paddon’s passion for the sport of rallying is unabated and he’s excited about the potential and possibilities for PRG as a competitive global team.

“I’m still 100 per cent committed and passionate about rallying, and I still want to drive and win. To do that with our own Kiwi team would be incredibly satisfying. The steps to do that are massive but having a good team and supporters around us is key.”

Paddon’s biggest supporter is Hyundai New Zealand, a partnership forged in 2014 and now stronger than ever.

“The relationship we have built with the team at Hyundai New Zealand is truly humbling and one that I’m fully committed to. For them to allow me to compete in a different brand car in 2019 speaks volumes of the strength of their support and belief. Our projects for 2020 and the future remain committed to Hyundai New Zealand.”

Paddon’s successes in world rallying mark him as the Southern Hemisphere’s most successful rally driver and one of the most successful non-European WRC drivers. From his 80 WRC starts, he scored one WRC win, eight podium finishes, and 38 special stage wins with long-time co-driver John Kennard and, for the last 18 months, British co-driver Seb Marshall.

“It has been an amazing 20-year journey to the WRC and an incredible five years driving at the elite level for a manufacturer team. But the opportunities ahead are even greater and the next 20 years excite me even more with the sporting and commercial challenges we are going to tackle head on.”

Over the past year, Paddon’s focus has broadened from the intensity of being a world-class competitor to being a team manager and business owner. With their engineering and development facilities in the Highlands Technology Park beside the Highlands racetrack, Paddon Rallysport runs the Hyundai New Zealand rally programme with their AP4 car, as well as a Hyundai TCR race car. The team’s core project is the development of the EV rally with the first prototype due for public appearance in 2020. With 10 people already on the team, PRG is set to grow each year thanks to commercial investment in their innovative programme.

“Like any new business, the first years are the toughest,” Paddon says. “I see similarities with the financial challenges we face now in business compared to 10 years ago in my driving career. I love a challenge and we have a team of very passionate people involved, so I know we will make the venture and our vision a reality. We have some incredibly exciting times ahead as we forge a new path for motorsport around the world and for New Zealand.

“We also have a diverse motorsport programme ahead for 2020 which will be busier than ever. This will involve four high profile hillclimb events in New Zealand with our 700+bhp monster including a new event we are hosting, the Ben Nevis Station Golden 1200 Hillclimb taking place on 7/8 March We will also compete in several NZRC and APRC events with a focus of the APRC. All this combined with a TCR circuit programme, some sprintcar driving and racing the new Crosskarts that PRG is now importing will make a very full-on year.”

Paddon Rallysport is backed by some amazing New Zealand companies who share Paddon’s vision for the EV rally car programme, including Hyundai New Zealand, YES Power, Bailey Caravans, Ben Nevis Station, Wurth, Pirelli, Z Energy, Pak’nSave, Winmax Brake Pads, and GoPro.

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Sat, 23 Nov 2019 - Tracey Stringer appointed as MotorSport New Zealand’s Chief CRO

Wairarapa Car Club’s Tracey Stringer has been appointed as MotorSport New Zealand’s Chief Competitor Relations Officer (CRO). Stringer fills the role as part of MotorSport New Zealand’s strategy to focus on improving the experiences for our customers including of course competitors.

The CRO role is part of any motorsport event officiating team, acting as the first point of contact for competitors who have questions about any aspect of the event or the rules. CRO’s also manage the communication between competitors and senior officials such as the Stewards or Clerk of the Course.

Stringer’s new Chief CRO role will see her lead the development of CRO’s in the sport and ensure they have robust leadership and training which enables them to best assist competitors. She will also become the first point of call for fellow CRO’s when they have questions or are after advice.

Having been involved in the sport since she was in her 20’s, Stringer said she was proud to be asked to fill the position.

“I’ve been involved in this sport for so long and when I got the call I was pretty proud that my commitment and dedication had been recognised.” said Stringer.

“I want to be able to share my experiences with everyone and help make the sport better for everyone involved, especially our competitors.”

Stringer said she got involved because of her passion for helping people.

“I got involved as a CRO because I love working with competitors and helping them find a solution. I knew other people who volunteered in that capacity and I thought I would give it a try.

“It’s been cool to watch race control and see how that operates and really understand the sport at a deeper level, which is something that not many people get to do.”

MotorSport New Zealand’s CEO Simon Baker said appointing Stringer was a no-brainer.

“When Elton (Goonan, MSNZ Competitions Manager) and I initially discussed the idea it was a no brainer for both of us to first ask Tracey if she was interested in the role.

“We really want to put our competitors at the heart over everything we do and I think this is a great start.”

Stringer will be in action this weekend for the NZ Hillclimb Championship event run by the Wairarapa Car Club.

Fri, 1 Nov 2019 - Inkster/Winn shrug off 'toughest day' tag to further extend Targa NZ lead

Shrugging off the traditional ‘toughest day’ tag, defending Targa NZ title-holder Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) made light work of the seven timed stages on the third leg of this year’s 25th Anniversary event between New Plymouth and Whanganui today.

Though the Auckland pair did concede a second stage win to a rival – in this case the 15.35km Douglas stage east of Mt Taranaki early in the afternoon to Leigh Hopper and co-driver Michael Goudie (Subaru Impreza WRX) - by day’s end in Whanganui this evening they had actually increased their already handsome lead in the five-day/1932 km tarmac motor rally marathon from Taupo to Palmerston North.

Heading into the first stage this morning the pair – who this year are gunning for a record-setting sixth consecutive win – held a 3.34.5 advantage over Hopper and Goudie with this year’s Targa Hawke’ Bay event winner Haydn Mackenzie and his co-driver Matthew Sayers (Mitsubishi Evo 10) looming just 18-and-half seconds back in third.

Despite taking the win in the Douglas stage off the leading pair, Hopper and Goudie were struggling with an engine overheating issue. And when the Subaru finally succumbed (on the second to last stage east of Waverley this afternoon) second place was Mackenzie’s for the taking.

Such has been the pace of the leading trio that Hopper and Goudie remain third in the overall event standings. But after taking maximum stage times in that stage, and in the final one this afternoon – Bushy Park – near Kai Iwi, they will have to sort the Subaru’s cooling issues out overnight to stand any chance of retaining the position on tomorrow’s six-stage run through to the next overnight stop in Palmerston North.

Mackenzie and Sayers meanwhile will be trying to work out to how to close what is now a four-and-a-half-minute margin between themselves and runaway event leader Inkster.

Behind the fascinating battle for a place on the podium, today’s stages were all about who could stay on the road in a bulletproof car.

Despite drive line dramas (a centre diff issue for one, and a flywheel problem for the other) on Wednesday both Nic de Waal and co-driver Shane Reynolds (Subaru Impreza WRX) and Marcus van Klink and his codriver Matt Richards (Mazda RX8 20B) were not only back on the road today, both retained their places in the top ten overall classification.

Jason Gill and co-driver Mark Robinson also had a productive day in Gill’s purpose-built VW Polo R, easing up the leader board to make it into the top six

With early event pace-setters Eddie Bell and co-driver Blair Forbes (M3) crashing out of this year’s event on Wednesday, and fellow front-runner Mike Tubbs and co-driver Brooke Walden (M2) following suit early today the first BMW to arrive in Whanganui this evening was the remarkably standard-looking ‘330ti’ Compact of Jeremy Friar and co-driver Katrina Renshaw.

Friar had the remarkably effective six-cylinder re-powered Compact as high as seventh overall in one of the stages today and heads to Palmerston North tomorrow in ninth place, just a minute behind the Mazda RX8 of gravel rally champion Marcus van Klink.

There will be no repeat of previous years’ Classic 2WD class wins his year for E30 BMW M3 stalwart Mark and his co-driving father Chris Kirk-Burnnand however, the Wellington pair completing their day with their car on a trailer after breaking a suspension strut this morning.

Auckland-based cousin – and event veteran – Barry Kirk-Burnnand and his co-driver Dave O’Carroll definitely did their bit in Barry’s E30 M3 to uphold the reputation of the K-B clan and their old-skool BMWs. But despite twice finishing within half a second of the Holden Commodore SS of early event class leader Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock the latter pair still had an advantage of almost three-and-a half minutes as they arrived in Whanganui this evening.

Tomorrow the field heads into the Manawatu for six stages, including the always popular 27.73km run from just north of Turakina via the infamous ‘Cop’s Corner’ to Hunterville, on the way to the final overnight stop of the event in Palmerston North.

This year’s 25th annual Targa NZ event is again a multi-faceted one with three separate starting groups - Competition, the Targa Tour and now a Time Trial organised in conjunction with the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand.

A separately scored but concurrently-run two-day ‘Regional Targa’ – complete with its own eight-strong Targa Tour group - is also being run this year over the final two days of the main event.

Targa New Zealand events are organised by the Ultimate Rally Group with the support of sponsors, Chicane Racewear, Global Security, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Race4Life Trust, Racetech, TrackIt, Vital and Writeraze.

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 - Mackenzie/Sayers win a stage but Inkster/Winn extend lead in 25th anniversary Targa NZ event

Runaway early event leader Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) finally conceded a stage win at the end of the second day of this year’s Targa New Zealand tarmac motor rally in Taranaki this afternoon.

However the Auckland pair – gunning for a record-setting sixth consecutive win in the annual five-day motorsport marathon - will still head into the crucial third day tomorrow morning with a lead of just over three-and-half minutes (3.34.5) over fellow event veteran Leigh Hopper and his co-driver Michael Goudie (Subaru Impreza WRX).

They remain in second place albeit with a buffer now of just 18 seconds over this year’s Targa Hawke’s Bay winner Haydn Mackenzie and co-driver Matthew Sayers, who won the final stage of the day today, the return run from Whangamomona to Douglas.

True to form the white-hot pace Inkster and Winn have set from the first stage yesterday until the run into Whangamomona today saw several key pairings crack.

On that list, unfortunately was Subaru WRX ace Nick de Waal and co-driver Shane Reynolds, fourth overall after the first day, and still classified sixth overall despite having to take a maximum stage time on the return from Whangamomona, thanks to a number of mechanical issues.

Gravel rally specialist Marcus van Klink and co-driver Matt Richards (Mazda RX8) found themselves in a similar position, still classified ninth overall but with work to do tonight (replacing their car’s flywheel) if they are to continue tomorrow.

The day’s biggest scalp, belonged, however to former circuit racing ace Eddie Bell and his co-driver Blair Forbes from Christchurch (BMW M3) who were running fifth overall and leading 2WD car at the end of the first day only to crash heavily on the morning’s second stage, Ratapiko.

The demise of the Bell/Forbes BMW left the way open to 2013 Targa NZ event winner Martin Dippie and co-driver Jona Grant (Porsche 911 GT3 RS) to move up a place to fourth, albeit 11 minutes behind leaders Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn and seven behind third placed Haydn Mackenzie and Matthew Sayers.

Easing, as if by stealth into the overall top ten and leading their class, are BMW 330ti Compact pair Jeremy Friar and co-driver Katrina Renshaw who finished the day in 8th place just 51.6 seconds behind event regulars Jason Gill and co-driver Mark Robinson in Gill’s new purpose-built VW Polo R tarmac rally car.

Another late model BMW, this time the M2 of Hamilton driver Mike Tubbs and co-driver Brooke Walden, is also now back in the top 10 (and second to the Dippie/Grant Porsche in Class 6) after an up and down first day, but quick, clean day today which included an amazing 4th place in the final run back from the lunch stop at Whangamomona.

Also on his way back up the time sheets after an issue on the first day is the earlier model (E30) BMW M3 of Wellington pair Mark and his father Chris Kirk-Burnnand.

With the bit well and truly between his teeth on a road he was competed on a number of times now Mark set the 4th quickest time overall on the 38.84km run into Whangamomona.

In their absence, Horowhenua Holden Commodore SS driver Bevan Claridge and co-driver Campbell Tannock continue to lead the Classic 2WD cars in 14th place overall, two spots ahead of the first of the Kirk-Bernnand clan BMW E30 M3s, driven by Mark’s Auckland-based uncle Barry and his co-driver Dave O’Carroll, with Mark and Chris closing fast and now 19th overall.

Tomorrow the field remains in Taranaki for most of the day before heading south for the next overnight stay in Whanganui.

This year’s 25th annual Targa NZ event is again a multi-faceted one with three separate starting groups - Competition, the Targa Tour and now a Time Trial organised in conjunction with the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand.

A separately scored but concurrently-run two-day ‘Regional Targa’ – complete with its own eight-strong Targa Tour group - is also being run this year over the final two days of the main event.

Targa New Zealand events are organised by the Ultimate Rally Group with the support of sponsors, Chicane Racewear, Global Security, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Race4Life Trust, Racetech, TrackIt, Vital and Writeraze.

Wed, 30 Oct 2019 - Inkster and Winn set cracking pace on first day of 25th anniversary Targa NZ event

Catch us if you can – or you dare! That seemed to be the message defending - and five-time consecutive – Targa NZ winners Glenn Inkster and co-driver Spencer Winn (Mitsubishi Evo 8) were putting out to all-comers on the first day of competition on this year’s 25th anniversary event which started in Taupo today.

The Auckland pair, gunning for a record-making sixth consecutive win in the annual five-day tarmac motor rally marathon, won all six stages today to arrive at parc ferme in New Plymouth this evening with a hitherto unprecedented Leg 1 lead over second-placed Leigh Hopper and his co-driver, Michael Goudie (Subaru Impreza WRX), both also from Auckland, of almost two minutes (1:57.5)

Last year’s early event leaders, and the winners this year of the three-day Targa Hawke’s Bay event, Haydn Mackenzie from Auckland and his Hamilton-based co-driver Matthew Sayers (Mitsubishi Evo 10) were just 10 seconds slower through the day’s 12km opening stage. But they were slotted back into third place in the next three stages by Hopper and Goudie.

Former South African rally ace, Nic de Waal, who now lives in Auckland, was also quick, he and co-driver Shane Reynolds (Subaru Impreza WRX) pipping Hopper and Mackenzie for second in the longest stage of the day, the epic 47km run from Kawhia in the north to Marakopa in the west. Brake issues in other stages blunted his attack but he and Reynolds are still very much in the hunt in 4h place/

With the 4WD Mitsubishis and Subarus setting the pace up front the battle for first 2WD car home was won by former V8 SuperTourer driver Eddie Bell and fellow Cantabrian Blair Forbes in Bell’s late model BMW M3, the pair ended their day in 5th place overall and 1st in class.

Though well aware that today was just the first of five full days on the road and therefore not for doing anything silly, Bell and Forbes were consistently quicker than rivals, and 2013 Targa NZ overall winners, Martin Dippie and his co-driver Jona Grant (Porsche 911 GT3 RS) from Dunedin. Both pairings have their work cut out if they want to seriously challenge Inkster and Winn for the lead though, the gap back to Bell and Forbes over five minutes, back to Dippie and Grant over six in 6th place overall.

In 7th place is Auckland pair David Rogers and Aidan Kelly in the sister car to Haydn Mackenzie and Matthew Sayers’s Mitsubishi Evo 10, with rally ace Marcus van Klink and his co-driver Matt Richards showing their versatility in van Klink’s 20B triple rotor-powered Mazda RX8 in 8th. Ninth are event stalwarts Jason Gill and Mark Richards in Gill’s recently acquired VW Polo R while rounding out the top ten at the end of the first of five days are Perth-based event regular Robert Darrington and Kiwi co-driver David Abetz in Darrington’s BMW M3.

True to predictions Horowhenua/Manawatu pair Bevan Claridge and Campbell Tannock have again taken the battle in the Classic 2WD category to the E30 model BMW M3s of Mark and Chris Kirk-Burnnand from Wellington and Chris’ Auckland-based brother Barry and his long-time co-driver Dave O’Carroll.

Mark and Chris were running as high as 12th on the road before lunch too, only to strike trouble in the first stage after lunch and lose over 7 minutes. They were back to their best in the final two stages of the day, the 47.5km Kawhia to Marakopa marathon, (9th overall) and the final 36km run from Marakopa to Awakino (13th).

By then the damage was done however, the consistent Claridge/Tannock Holden Commodore SS arriving in New Plymouth this evening 13th overall and leading the Classic 2WD class.

This year’s 25th annual Targa NZ event is again a multi-faceted one with three separate starting groups - Competition, the Targa Tour and now a Time Trial organised in conjunction with the Vintage Car Club of New Zealand.

A separately scored but concurrently-run two-day ‘Regional Targa’ – complete with its own eight-strong Targa Tour group - is also being run this year over the final two days of the main event. Tomorrow (Wednesday) brings the first of two full days in Taranaki, with four stages including the famous Inglewood Jumps in the morning and trip to then back from Whangamomona in the afternoon.

Targa New Zealand events are organised by the Ultimate Rally Group with the support of sponsors, Chicane Racewear, Global Security, NZ Classic Car magazine, Race Brakes, Race4Life Trust, Racetech, TrackIt, Vital and Writeraze.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 - Force Motorsport secure second at APRC finale
Force Motorsport driver Andrew Hawkeswood has come home a strong runner up at the winner takes all final of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, the Longyou Rally in China, held over the weekend, a result that has spearheaded New Zealand’s victory in the FIA APRC Nations Cup.
Force Motorsport sent two Mazda 2s to the event, built to the AP4 specification that the team have been instrumental in designing and producing, for father and son team Andrew and Jack Hawkeswood. Despite their significant difference in experience, Jack having only driven a four-wheel drive car for the first time this year, both were taking on a new challenge of rallying in China.
An unfortunate start to the event saw Jack and co-driver Alex Parkin stop for more than 25 minutes in special stage two with an electrical problem, although he was able to repair the car in stage and continue, but his dreams of an APRC title were shattered before they had begun. They would recover across the afternoon, including a pair of stage wins in the final two stages of day one. His rally would end after the opening stage of day two, when he hit a rock and was unable to repair the damage on the road-side.
It was also a tricky morning for Andrew and co-driver Jeff Cress, who suffered a spin and a puncture but sat third by the first service, a position they would maintain across the remainder of the opening day. The second day saw a far more positive start, moving into second on the opening stage of the day as heavy rain turned an already tricky rally into a treacherous one. Calling on more than 20 years of rallying experience, Hawkeswood was able to bring the car home in second, more than a minute and a half ahead of the third place car.
The result for Hawkeswood senior, plus bonus points scored by Jack on the opening stage and pace setter Mike Young, who was cruelly denied victory by an electrical problem, also meant New Zealand came out on top in the Nations Cup of the APRC, the first time the trophy has been presented.
“Obviously it would’ve been really good to get the win, but certainly with the rain thrown in, just finishing was quite an achievement in its own right so second place is really satisfying,” says Andrew.
“It’s a real shame that Jack couldn’t make it to the end, but I’m sure he’s learnt a heap rallying off-shore and it was a really proud moment to see him take a couple of stage wins. Also we’re gutted for Mike, he was really quick all weekend, but it’s pretty awesome that we’ve all been able to contribute to New Zealand winning the Nations Cup, as a country we’ve really got behind the new APRC format and it’s a great reward.”
The team will now get the cars back to New Zealand and regroup for a 2020 campaign that will likely include the return of the World Rally Championship to the shores of New Zealand.
Wed, 23 Oct 2019 - Force Motorsport to take on international rivals at APRC Finale

New Zealand-based rally team Force Motorsport will look to recreate history when they take on an international field at the final of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, the Longyou Rally in China, over Labour weekend (New Zealand time).

Force Motorsport have sent a two-car line up for father and son drivers, Andrew and Jack Hawkeswood to the winner takes all event, both driving identical Mazda 2 AP4 specification cars. They will be looking to recreate history, the last time Mazda won the prestigious series was in 1989 with Kiwi driver Rod Millen at the wheel of a 323.

Force Motorsport have been heavily involved with the development of AP4 cars that have won multiple championships in both New Zealand and Australia, with the team having supplied cars not only to both sides of the Tasman but also Indonesia and the USA.

A revamp of the APRC has seen seven qualifying rounds with a winner takes all final event that will alternate between the Asia and Pacific regions, starting with China in 2019. Seven cars will contest the final, including the two Force cars, a local Chinese entry in a Subaru and two two-wheel drive and two four-wheel drive cars from Japanese tuning house Cusco, including fellow Kiwi driver Mike Young, expected to be the strongest competition for the Force pair.

Both Andrew and Jack have secured good results in the qualifying rounds, 18-year old Jack taking a third and a fifth with father Andrew, the 2017 New Zealand Rally Champion, taking a second and a third.

While this is Andrew’s second APRC campaign, neither he nor Jack have competed in China previously and are expecting tricky conditions to greet them.

“Obviously it’s going to be a tricky rally, but we’re going and we’ve got a really good shot of one of us taking out the title,” says Andrew Hawkeswood. “For me, to be able to compete abroad in a two-car team with my son is something pretty special, plus we’ve done a lot of work to get the AP4 concept up and running so if one of us could take the title it would really be fantastic.”

“It won’t be easy though, we’ve come up against the Cusco guys before and they run a good operation. There will be plenty of challenges, but I’m confident we’re up for them.”

The Chinese Longyou Rally is the final round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Held from 25-27 October, the event sees 220km of special stages, at the end of which the APRC champion will be crowned.