2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship season

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2014 Asia-Pacific Rally season
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The 2014 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.

The championship began in New Zealand on 11 April and will conclude in China on 9 November with the Asia Cup sub-championship continuing to a 7 December finish in Thailand. The championship will be held over six events with a candidate event included as part of the Asia Cup. A second candidate event in India was scheduled to be held in India but proximity of local parlimentary elections restricted the events ability to upgrade competitive stages within the timeframe allowed by the early season. The rally was rescheduled until the end of the local season and its APRC status removed.

The championship is being lead by European champion Jan Kopecký driving a Team MRF prepared Škoda Fabia. He leads his team mate and defending champion Gaurav Gill by eight points.

Kopecký won the Pacific Cup in dominant fashion with almost double the points of his nearest competitors. Second place was tied with New Zealand Proton driver Michael Young breaking the tie over Australian Mitsubishi driver Mark Pedder.

Gill leads the Asia Cup after the opening round ahead of Japanese Subaru driver Yuya Sumiyama.

Selected entries[edit]

Icon Cup
A Asia Cup
P Pacific Cup
Constructor Car Team Driver Co-driver Cup Class Rounds
Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Australia Mark Pedder Australia Mark Pedder Australia Claire Ryan P RC2 1
Škoda Škoda Fabia S2000 India Team MRF India Gaurav Gill Australia Glenn MacNeall RC2 1
Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Czech Republic Pavel Dresler P RC2 1
China Young Motorsport TS Club China Jun Xu China Sheng Liu RC2 1
Subaru Subaru Impreza Japan Cusco Racing India Sanjay Takle Malaysia Sean F. Gregory RC2 1
Proton Proton Satria Neo New Zealand Michael Young Australia Erin Kelly RC3 1
Renault Renault Clio R3 Australia Tom Wilde Australia Tom Wilde Australia Bill Hayes RC3 1

Race calendar and results[edit]

The 2014 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
(11–13 April)[2]
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 2:11:39.7 14 220.87 km 48 25
2 New Zealand Richard Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2:11:50.9
3 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:11:51.6
- India Chikmagalur Rally
(26–27 April)
event cancelled[3]
2 France Rallye de Nouvelle-Calédonie
(16–18 May)[4]
1 France Emmanuel Guigou Renault Clio R3 2:08:10.8 17 144.09 km 26 13
2 France Patrick Christian Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:13:43.8
3 France Claude Clavel Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:16:40.1
3 Australia International Rally of Queensland
(20–22 June)[5]
1 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:20:09.1 15 222.30 km 51 28
2 Australia Scott Pedder Renault Clio R3 2:21:18.4
3 Australia Brendan Reeves Mazda 2 2:23:21.1
4 Malaysia Malaysian Rally
(15–17 August)[6]
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 3:01:23.2 14 217.40 km 33 30
2 Japan Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:12:14.5
3 Australia Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3:14:25.7
5 Japan Rally Hokkaido
(26–28 September)
1
2
3
6 China China Rally
(7–9 November)
1
2
3
7 Thailand Thailand Rally
(5–7 December)
1
2
3

Championship standings[edit]

The 2014 APRC for Drivers points is as follows:[7]

Position Driver Vehicle New Zealand
NZL
France
NCL
Australia
AUS
Malaysia
MAL
Japan
JPN
China
CHN
Total
1 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2 13 1 10 1 14 Ret 7 112
2 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1 13 2 10 Ret 1 13 104
3 Australia Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3 10 Ret 7 2 12 2 10 90
4 New Zealand Michael Young Proton Satria Neo 6 4 3 9 5 6 5 5 67
China Xu Jun Škoda Fabia S2000 5 7 3 10 3 10 67
6 Australia Tom Wilde Renault Clio R3 4 7 Ret 6 4 8 45
7 India Sanjay Takale Subaru Impreza WRX STi 7 2 Ret 5 6 4 4 7 44
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 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 1 11 1 14 114
2 New Zealand Michael Young Proton Satria Neo 4 8 2 11 4 4 65
3 Australia Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2 12 Ret 7 2 10 65
4 Australia Tom Wilde Renault Clio R3 3 10 Ret 6 3 6 46

Asia Cup[edit]

Position Driver Vehicle Malaysia
MAL
Japan
JPN
China
CHN
Thailand
THA
Total
1 India Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 39
2 Japan Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2 11 29
3 China Jun Xu Škoda Fabia S2000 3 10 26
4 Japan Mitsuhiro Kunisawa Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 7 19
5 India Sanjay Takale Subaru Impreza WRX STi 5 7 17
6 Sri Lanka Dinesh Deheragoda Subaru Impreza WRX STi 6 3 11
7 Japan Tomohide Hasegawa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 7 3 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Calendar". FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Retrieved 2014-03-14. 
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