Surfaces are a mixture of gravel and dirt, and even at this time of year temperatures which often go over 30°C will add to the challenges for both drivers and cars. It is always a bright and colourful event and a fitting climax to the APRC season.
For the second successive year, the final round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) will take drivers to India. The headquarters of this rally is situated in the city of Chikmagalur, in the foothills of the world-famous Western Ghats. This round takes place on the tracks of local coffee plantations and will once again see big crowds turning out, particularly to support local drivers.
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After a tense season in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) ŠKODA finally managed to win all titles. APRC Manufacturers Cup and APRC Team Award was already achieved on the last but one round. By winning the season’s finale at Rally of India ŠKODA FABIA R5 driver Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot also won the drivers and co-drivers titles. MRF ŠKODA teammates Ole Christian Veiby / Stig Rune Skjærmoen suffered gearbox issues on the first leg, but fought back in impressive style to second overall, finishing as championship runner-ups as well. Gill won the APRC for the third time already. In 2013 he was successful with a ŠKODA FABIA S2000, in 2016 and 2017 he competed with a ŠKODA FABIA R5.
The fifth and final round of 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) once again sees teams heading to the sub-continent for the Rally India (24-26 November), a challenging gravel event which promises to offer a scintillating finale to a closely fought championship.
The perfect end to a magnificent year of rallying for ŠKODA in 2016: local hero Gaurav Gill claimed a much-celebrated home win at the final round of the FIA Asia-Pacific […]