2013 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship season

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2013 Asia-Pacific Rally season
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The 2013 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship season is an international rally championship sanctioned by the FIA. The championship is contested by a combination of regulations with Group N competing directly against Super 2000 cars for points. A new rally was added to the calendar, the first since Rally of Queensland in 2009, in the Thailand Rally.

Indian driver Gaurav Gill won the Asian-Pacific championship after many years in the series. Gill won the championship despite his Finnish team mate Esapekka Lappi winning more events. Gill wrapped the title up early as the only rival outside of the Team MRF squad, Subaru driver Sanjay Takle, did not attend the final round at the China Rally.

Australian driver Simon Knowles won the Pacific Cup held over the three Pacific ocean events. The Asia Cup was held over three of the four Asian events, with the China Rally being left out in favour of candidate rally, the Thailand Rally. The Asia Cup was won by New Zealand driver Michael Young.

Race calendar and results[edit]

The 2013 APRC is as follows:[1]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Rank Driver Car Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
1 New Zealand International Rally of Whangarei
(18–19 May)
1 New Zealand Hayden Paddon Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:47:48.4 16 288.16 km 52 28
2 Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia S2000 2:51:18.3
3 New Zealand Richard Mason Subaru Impreza WRX 2:51:54.0
2 France Rallye de Nouvelle-Calédonie
(14–16 June)
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1:57:12.3 17 236.59 km 21 8
2 France Emmanuel Guigou Renault Clio R3 2:05:07.6
3 France Eugène Creugnet Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 2:14:31.7
3 Australia International Rally of Queensland
(13–14 July)
1 Australia Eli Evans Honda Jazz 2:07:51.0 21 214.06 km 57 36
2 Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia S2000 2:08:43.8
3 Australia Tom Wilde Renault Clio R3 2:10:37.6
4 Malaysia Malaysian Rally
(24–25 August)
1 China Fan Fan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3:14:29.6 15 219.90 km 34 21
2 Japan Shuhei Muta Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:16:37.3
3 France Daniel Palau Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:18:24.1
5 Japan Rally Hokkaido
(28–29 September)
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 2:26:26.2 18 232.32 km 81 41
2 Japan Norihiko Katsuta Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2:27:03.2
3 Japan Fumio Nutahara Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2:27:04.2
6 China China Rally
(2–3 November)
1 Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia S2000 3:01:46.9 13 230.92 km 72 22
2 United Kingdom Niall McShea Škoda Fabia S2000 3:05:06.4
3 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 3:07:24.3
7 Thailand Thailand Rally
(7–8 December)
1 France Daniel Palau Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:06:31.7 13 229.80 km 14 5
2 Thailand Wittaya Ruegchan Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3:12:38.8
3 New Zealand Michael Young Toyota Vitz 3:20:25.7

Championship standings[edit]

The 2013 APRC for Drivers points is as follows:[2]

Position Driver Vehicle New Zealand
NZL
France
NCL
Australia
AUS
Malaysia
MAL
Japan
JPN
China
CHN
Total
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 2 12 1 10.5 Ret 6 Ret 7 1 14 2 10 145.5
2 Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 Ret 1 14 Ret Ret 1 14 117
3 India Sanjay Takle Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 7 2 9 2 11 Ret 2 11 104
4 New Zealand Michael Young Toyota Vitz 3 9 Ret 4 1 13 3 11 92
5 Japan Hiroshi Asakura Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Proton Satria Neo
Ret 5 3 8 Ret 5 4 8 53
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Note: 112 refers to the bonus points awarded for each leg of the rally for the first five place getters, 1st (7), 2nd (5), 3rd (3), 4th (2), 5th (1). There are two bonus legs for each rally.

Pacific Cup[edit]

Position Driver Vehicle New Zealand
NZL
France
NCL
Australia
AUS
Total
1 Australia Simon Knowles Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 4 8 2 9 1 13 85
2 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 1 10.5 Ret 7 71.5
3 Australia Matt van Tuinen Subaru Impreza WRX STI 2 12 Ret 30
4 Australia Bruce Fullerton Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 3 10 Ret 25
5 France Claude Clavel Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Ret 3 Ret 3

Asia Cup[edit]

Position Driver Vehicle Malaysia
MAL
Japan
JPN
Thailand
THA
Total
1 New Zealand Michael Young Toyota Vitz 2 10 5 8 1 11 82
2 Japan Shuhei Muta Subaru Impreza WRX STi 1 13 2 12 Ret 68
3 Japan Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STI Ret 7 1 14 Ret 7 53
4 Japan Tomohide Hasegawa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 4 6 4 8 Ret 5 43
5 Thailand Chaiyan Longton Suzuki Swift 3 10 Ret Ret 5 30
6 India Sanjay Takle Subaru Impreza WRX STi Ret 3 8 Ret 6 29
7 Japan Hiroshi Asakura Proton Satria Neo Ret 4 6 4 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 Calendar". FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  2. ^ [1]

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