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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.

Norwegians Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen won their first APRC event in the last round at the National Capital Rally in Australia. They have also shown fine form in the Norwegian championship and won their first ever round of the WRC2 Championship at the Rally Poland. They currently sit second in the WRC2 standings and lead the APRC rankings.

Just behind them in APRC standings are teammates Gaurav Gill / Stéphane Prévot. Gill won all six rounds of the APRC on his way to the title last year, but despite winning the opening round this season at the International Rally of Whangarei, he has not had it all his own way this season. He is currently just two points behind Veiby in the championship and after winning in Malaysia last season is hoping his experience will count this season.

You can follow the performance of both crews with ŠKODA FABIA R5 cars throughout the Rally of Johor right here in our exclusive picture gallery.