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The FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) has been a fruitful competition for ŠKODA in recent years, and the FABIA R5 is looking to extend the winning streak to a sixth year.

The APRC is the FIA’s flagship rally championship in the Asia-Pacific region and sees teams take on five challenging rounds in locations across the region. To be eligible to win the overall title and appear in the final classification at the end of the season, drivers and teams are required to compete in all five rallies.

There are also separate championships for drivers, co-drivers, teams, juniors and manufacturers as well as an APRC2 (for Group N cars) and APRC3 (for 2WD cars). In 2017, Alternative Energy Vehicles (AEVs – which are defined as cars which source propulsion energy from two or more sources) are also eligible to compete in the APRC with a chance to win the APRC Alternative Energy Vehicle (AEV) Cup.

After four consecutive championship titles for the FABIA S2000 between 2012 and 2015, last year saw the FABIA R5 storm to victory with Indian driver Gaurav Gill winning all six rallies in a dominant season. Once again, the FABIA R5 runs in 2017 under the banner of the ŠKODA MRF team, with the vehicles being prepared and run by Race Torque Engineering.

On this page, you will find more details about each round, as ŠKODA looks for more FABIA R5 success in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

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  • aprc-japan-skoda-driver-gaurav-gill-wins-skoda-takes-fia-aprc-cup-manufacturers

    APRC Japan: ŠKODA driver Gaurav Gill wins – ŠKODA takes FIA APRC Cup for Manufacturers

    At Rally Hokkaido, second but last round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), Team MRF ŠKODA’s Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot achieved a dominant win. They took the lead on the second stage and defended it up to the finish line. Meanwhile, their teammates, talented Norwegian shooting stars Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn, had bad luck. With a slow puncture, they slid into a ditch on the third stage and had to retire for the day. After re-starting on the second leg they were fastest overall on the final day eventually scoring valuable points for the championship. While reigning APRC Champion Gaurav Gill regained the lead in the drivers’ championship from teammate Veiby, ŠKODA prematurely won the FIA APRC Cup for Manufacturers. Also, Team MRF ŠKODA became the winner of the APRC Teams Award. The drivers and co-drivers title will be decided only between the two MRF ŠKODA teams at Rally of India (24 to 26 November 2017).

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  • aprc-malaysia-second-win-veiby-ahead-mrf-skoda-teammate-gill

    APRC Malaysia: Second win for Veiby ahead of MRF ŠKODA teammate Gill

    The third round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), International Rally of Johor in Malaysia (11–13/08/2017), was more or less decided on the second special stage. Reigning APRC champion Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot of Team MRF ŠKODA hit a tree stump and bent the steering of their ŠKODA FABIA R5, losing considerable time and the chance to win. Despite sliding off twice in unpredictable road conditions as well, teammates Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn achieved the fastest stage time and took the lead from there up to the finish line. With their second win of the year the Norwegian shooting stars increased the lead in the championship standings. With only two APRC rounds to go, it looks like the next champion will be a ŠKODA driver again. Since 2012 every APRC champion was driving a ŠKODA FABIA. The Czech manufacturer is now on the route to defend the manufacturers title as well.

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    PHOTO: ŠKODA MRF team at the International Rally of Johor 2017

    The International Rally of Johor (11th to 13th August) is the third round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) and takes place in and around the city of Johor in the southern part of Malaysia. There are two ŠKODA FABIA R5s taking part this year under the moniker of the ŠKODA MRF team.

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