Drivers and cars will have to cope with temperatures of more than 30°C and humidity of 95% which can be hugely draining in an intense race as well as often affecting the performance of cars. It does, however, make for a thrilling spectacle and one of the most challenging events of the season.
For the third round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), teams will be heading for the Rally Malaysia to Johor Bahru on the southern tip of the Malaysian peninsula, close to Singapore. This event runs through the spectacular palm oil plantations of the region, but the dusty gravel tracks are just a small part of the challenge.
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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.
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.
With the third round of the 2017 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), International Rally of Johor in Malaysia (11–13/08/2017), coming up the title fight so far is the most exciting since years. After reigning champion Gaurav Gill and co-driver Stéphane Prévot of Team MRF ŠKODA won the opening round in New Zealand with Ole Christian Veiby and Stig Rune Skjaermœn finishing second, the Norwegian pair fought back with a victory at Rally Canberra in Australia ahead of their teammates. In the championship standings Veiby is now leading with two points ahead of Gill.