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The ASIA-PACIFIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (APRC) is an international rally championship organized by the FIA encompassing rounds in Asia
Asia
and Oceania
Oceania
. Group N
Group N
cars dominated the championship for many years but in recent years cars built to S2000 regulations have tended to be the frontrunners.

The championship was first held in 1988, created out of the successful expansion of the World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship
into Asia
Asia
and linking with the debut of Rally Australia
Rally Australia
and won by Japan's Kenjiro Shinozuka in a Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 . Initially the championship had strong support from World Rally Championship
World Rally Championship
teams, aided by more than half the calendar being WRC rallies and by Japanese manufacturers backing half of the front runners with Mazda, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Subaru
Subaru
all running front running teams. Toyota's double World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz
won the championship in 1990, Juha Kankkunen
Juha Kankkunen
, Didier Auriol , Colin McRae
Colin McRae
, Tommi Makinen
Tommi Makinen
, Richard Burns
Richard Burns
, Richard Burns and Ari Vatanen
Ari Vatanen
all won rallies. Several teams used the championship as a junior development squad. By the late 1990s, the big teams were dropping away from the championship, or were running drivers from the region. The 2000 Rally New Zealand was the last joint WRC/APRC event and the WRC teams and manufacturers left and regional teams, like Subaru's New Zealand
New Zealand
based team and regional manufacturers like Proton were sharing the wins with privately run teams. The shift to Group N
Group N
and away from WRC regulations assisted as only Subaru
Subaru
and Mitsubishi had eligible cars for Group N. By the mid-2000s the teams were all privateers. The growth of Super 2000
Super 2000
regulations saw manufacturer teams return led by Proton.

The championship has also been a proving ground for regional talent, even when World Rally teams were competing regional drivers from Japan, Australia
Australia
and New Zealand. Malaysian driver Karamjit Singh brought the first victory for a driver from one of the emerging APRC nations with Jean-Louis Leyraud from the French pacific island of New Caledonia and India's Gaurav Gill followed. The occasional European driver has moved into the region to find a cheaper series to compete in instead of the expensive European Rally Championship
European Rally Championship
, like Jussi Valimaki .

Reflecting its roots as a subsidiary of the World Rally Championship it had class championships within the main championship for Group N cars and naturally aspirated Two Litre cars. In ore modern times the sub-classes have been split geographically rather than technically, allowing competitors to compete for smaller portions of the series to bolster flagging entry numbers. The championships created were the Asia
Asia
Cup, taking in Asian continent events in Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia
Malaysia
and China with Thailand joining in 2003. The Pacific Cup takes in Oceania
Oceania
events in Australia, New Zealand
New Zealand
and New Caledonia.

By taking victory at the 2009 Indonesian Rally, Australian Cody Crocker became the most successful driver in APRC history, winning his fourth consecutive title, all in Subarus. A trio of drivers have won three APRC titles; New Zealander Possum Bourne , Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
of Sweden, and Malaysia's Karamjit Singh.

The championship presently has events in New Zealand, New Caledonia, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China and India. In the past the championship has run events in Thailand and Indonesia.

CONTENTS

* 1 List of events

* 2 APRC Champions

* 2.1 Asia
Asia
Cup * 2.2 Pacific Cup * 2.3 Group N
Group N
* 2.4 2 Litre * 2.5 Manufacturers

* 3 References * 4 External links

LIST OF EVENTS

Sourced from:

* Rally New Zealand (1988–2000) * Malaysian Rally (1988–98, 2000–01, 2005-present) * Himalayan Rally , India
India
(1988–90) * Rally Australia
Rally Australia
(1988–98) * Rally Indonesia (1989–1997, 2000, 2005–09) * Thailand Rally (1992–2003, 2005, 2013) * Hong Kong Beijing Rally , China (1994–96) * China Rally
China Rally
(1997–2002, 2004–present) * Rally of Canberra , Australia
Australia
(1999–2008) * Rallye de Nouvelle-Calédonie , France (2001–02, 2004 – present) * Rally of Rotorua , New Zealand
New Zealand
(2001–06) * Rally Hokkaido , Japan
Japan
(2002–present) * Rally India
India
(2003–04) * International Rally of Whangarei , New Zealand
New Zealand
(2007–present) * International Rally of Queensland , Australia
Australia
(2009–present) * Rally of India
India
(2015–present)

APRC CHAMPIONS

SEASON CHAMPION CAR

1988 Kenjiro Shinozuka Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

1989 Rod Millen Mazda 323
Mazda 323
4WD

1990 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz
Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165

1991 Ross Dunkerton Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

1992 Ross Dunkerton Mitsubishi Galant VR-4

1993 Possum Bourne Subaru Legacy
Subaru Legacy
RS

1994 Possum Bourne Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
555

1995 Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
III

1996 Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
555

1997 Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRC

1998 Yoshio Fujimoto Toyota Corolla WRC
Toyota Corolla WRC

1999 Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VI

2000 Possum Bourne Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX

2001 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Pert

2002 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Pert

2003 Armin Kremer
Armin Kremer
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VII

2004 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Pert

2005 Jussi Välimäki Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VIII

2006 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2007 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2008 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2009 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2010 Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
X

2011 Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000

2012 Chris Atkinson
Chris Atkinson
Škoda Fabia S2000

2013 Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000

2014 Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000

2015 Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia S2000

2016 Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia R5

ASIA CUP

SEASON CHAMPION CAR

2008 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2009 Cody Crocker Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2010 Yuya Sumiyama Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
X

2011 Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo S2000

2012 Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STi

2013 Michael Young Toyota Vitz

2014 Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STi

2015 Hitoshi Takayama Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STi

PACIFIC CUP

SEASON CHAMPION CAR

2008 Dean Herridge Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2009 Hayden Paddon Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX STI

2010 Brendan Reeves

2011 Chris Atkinson
Chris Atkinson
Proton Satria Neo S2000

2012 Chris Atkinson
Chris Atkinson
Škoda Fabia S2000

2013 Simon Knowles Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
IX

2014 Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000

2015 Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia S2000

2016 Fabian Kreim Škoda Fabia R5

GROUP N

SEASON CHAMPION CAR

1996 Yoshihiro Kataoka Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
III

1997 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Wira

1998 Michael Guest Subaru Impreza
Subaru Impreza
WRX

1999 Katsuhiko Taguchi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VI

2000 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Pert

2001 Karamjit Singh
Karamjit Singh
Proton Pert

2002 Nico Caldarola Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VII

2003 Armin Kremer
Armin Kremer
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
VII

2 LITRE

SEASON CHAMPION CAR

1996 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki Swift
Suzuki Swift

1997 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki Baleno

1998 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Baleno
Suzuki Baleno

1999 Kenneth Eriksson
Kenneth Eriksson
Alister McRae Hyundai Coupe
Hyundai Coupe
Hyundai Coupe
Hyundai Coupe

2000 Simon Evans Volkswagen Golf
Volkswagen Golf

2001 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki Ignis

2002 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki Ignis
Suzuki Ignis

MANUFACTURERS

SEASON MANUFACTURER

1996 Mitsubishi

1997 Subaru
Subaru

1998 Toyota
Toyota

1999 Mitsubishi

2000 Subaru
Subaru

2001 Mitsubishi

2002 Proton

2003 Mitsubishi

2004 Proton

2005 Mitsubishi

2006 Subaru
Subaru

2007 Subaru
Subaru

2008 Subaru
Subaru

2009 Subaru
Subaru

2010 Mitsubishi

2011 Proton

2012 Škoda

2013 Škoda

2014 Škoda

2015 Škoda

2016 Škoda

REFERENCES

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EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website * APRC Live

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