APRC 2013 will feature 7 events on the calendar, 3 in the Pacific region and 4 in the Asia region.
As in previous years, the Asia and Pacific Cups will again feature as opportunities for teams to be a part of APRC, without the need to commmit to nominating 6 events for the years. This has proved successful with several drivers taking this option. Indications are that the financial tide has turned, with increased interest in motorsport activities, and teams returning to APRC and being a part of this demanding and challenging championship.
Asia Cup 2013 will be competed at Malaysia, Japan plus a stand alone event in Thailand in December.
APRC is no longer the sole domain of the traditional Group N4 cars, with S2000 cars making their presence well and truly defined. With the likely appearance of at least one more Class 2 manufacturer in the series in 2013, the dominance of the traditional Group N4 class cars of Mitsubishi and Subaru will again be under threat. The introduction of the new Super 2000 class for both normally aspirated 2 litre cars and turbocharged 1600 cc cars has been a natural progression and has paved the way for future competition in the APRC. Added to this is the introduction of the R4 category which will enable currently homologated Gp N4 cars to compete head on with these other Class 2 cars.
This year’s calendar has been set and confirmed by the FIA with the number of rounds confirmed as 7 (6 plus 1). Registered competitors are required to nominate and contest a minimum of 6 rounds at the time of registration, and thus score points at those events.
A similar requirement for the Asia and Pacific Cups, where competitors are required to nominate the 3 Asia rounds, or the 3 Pacific rounds. It is possible to register for the APRC (nominating 5 events) and one of the Cups.
• APRC 2013 will again include a Junior Trophy for drivers competing in 1600 cc 2WD cars. Qualifying events will be New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia and Japan.
• After the successful introduction in 2011, theTeam Award will again provide opportunities for teams to introduce new drivers to the series and score team points. Or simply nominate existing team drivers.
• This year will see the re-introduction of the Production Cups. This is for Gp N competitors only and will be overall FIA APRC trophies, running alongside the FIA APRC overall trophies.
• 2WD competitors will also be acknowledged with 2WD Cups for both the Asia Cup and Pacific Cup series. Further acknowledgement will be given at each event with podium ceremonies for 2WD competitors.
With 7 rounds spread over 8 months of the year, it will mean that team preparation will be to the highest standard to ensure successful competition at each event.
As any APRC event or championship information comes available I am currently sending out an email brief to all interested parties to alert them to this fact. This has proven to be very popular to update teams of developments.
For any interested person, team or firm, who has an interest in the APRC, and wishes to be included on the distribution list, please email me at the address below.
For any current information on the APRC; events, dates, logistics, shipping, documentation etc, please feel free to contact me directly.
In a private capacity I am providing a coordinated shipping and logistics service to all APRC competitors. Full details of this service are available on request.
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