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2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship
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The 2014 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship season was an international rally championship sanctioned by the FIA. The championship was 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 concluded in China on 9 November. The Asia Cup sub-championship had been due to continue to a 7 December finish in Thailand, but this event was cancelled. The championship was 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 parliamentary elections restricted the event's 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 was won by European champion Jan Kopecký driving a Team MRF prepared Škoda Fabia. Kopecký wrapped up the championship early after his victory at Rally Hokkaido, the third of his four victories in the six-event season.[1][2] Defending champion Gaurav Gill won the other two rallies and held second in the championship until the final rally. Two late season failures allowed him to be overtaken by New Zealand Proton driver Michael Young. Škoda won the manufacturers championship from Mitsubishi. Team MRF – with drivers Kopecký and Gill – won all six rallies, winning the teams title from Japanese Subaru team Cusco Racing.[3]

Kopecký won the Pacific Cup in dominant fashion with almost double the points of his nearest competitors. Young and Australian Mitsubishi driver Mark Pedder tied for second, with Young being awarded the runners up position on countback.

Japanese Subaru driver Yuya Sumiyama won the Asia Cup, finishing 50 points clear of Sri Lankan Subaru driver Dinesh Deheragoda. Gill faded to fourth in the Asia Cup after failing to finish at Rally Hokkaido and Rally China Longyou.

Contents

Selected entriesEdit

Icon Cup
A Asia Cup
P Pacific Cup
Constructor Car Team Driver Co-driver Cup Class Rounds
Škoda Škoda Fabia S2000   Team MRF   Gaurav Gill   Glenn MacNeall RC2 All
  Jan Kopecký   Pavel Dresler P RC2 All
  Young Motorsport TS Club   Jun Xu   Sheng Liu RC2 1, 3–5
Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X   Pedders Suspention   Mark Pedder   Claire Ryan P RC2 1–4
  Dale Moscatt 6
Renault Renault Clio R3   Tom Wilde   Bill Hayes RC3 1–2
  Anthony McLoughlin 3
Proton Proton Satria Neo   Cusco Racing   Michael Young   Erin Kelly RC3 1
  Malcolm Read 2–6
Subaru Subaru Impreza WRX STI   Sanjay Takle   Sean Gregory RC2 1–5

Event calendar and resultsEdit

The 2014 APRC was as follows:[4]

Round Rally name Podium finishers Statistics
Rank Driver Car Time Stages Length Starters Finishers
1   International Rally of Whangarei
(11–13 April)[5]
1   Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 2:11:39.7 14 220.87 km 48 25
2   Richard Mason Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2:11:50.9
3   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:11:51.6
-   Rally of India
(26–27 April)
event cancelled[6]
2   Rallye de Nouvelle-Calédonie
(16–18 May)[7]
1   Emmanuel Guigou Renault Clio R3 2:08:10.8 17 144.09 km 26 13
2   Patrick Christian Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:13:43.8
3   Claude Clavel Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 2:16:40.1
3   International Rally of Queensland
(20–22 June)[8]
1   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:20:09.1 15 222.30 km 51 28
2   Scott Pedder Renault Clio R3 2:21:18.4
3   Brendan Reeves Mazda 2 2:23:21.1
4   Malaysian Rally
(15–17 August)[9]
1   Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 3:01:23.2 14 217.40 km 33 30
2   Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:12:14.5
3   Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3:14:25.7
5   Rally Hokkaido
(26–28 September)[10]
1   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:12:29.5 18 222.80 km 25 19
2   Toshihiro Arai Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2:13:11.8
3   Hiroshi Yanagisawa Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2:16:09.2
6   Rally China Longyou
(7–9 November)[11]
1   Chris Atkinson Volkswagen Golf SCRC 2:51:56.0 13 230.92 km 110 46
2   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2:57:10.3
3   Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STi 3:01:07.5
-   Thailand Rally
(5–7 December)
event cancelled[12]

Championship standingsEdit

The 2014 APRC for Drivers points was as follows:[13][14]

Pos. Driver Vehicle  
NZL
 
NCL
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
JPN
 
CHN
Total
1   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 2 13 1 10 1 14 Ret 7 1 14 1 14 190
2   Michael Young Proton Satria Neo 6 4 3 9 5 6 5 5 4 9 2 12 118
3   Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1 13 2 10 Ret 1 13 Ret Ret 104
4   Xu Jun Škoda Fabia S2000 5 7 3 10 3 10 2 12 97
5   Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 3 10 Ret 7 2 12 2 10 Ret 90
6   Sanjay Takale Subaru Impreza WRX STi 7 2 Ret 5 6 4 4 7 3 9 68
7   Tom Wilde Renault Clio R3 4 7 Ret 6 4 8 45
Key
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)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

Note: 1 – 12 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 were two bonus legs for each rally.

Pacific CupEdit

Pos. Driver Vehicle  
NZL
 
NCL
 
AUS
Total
1   Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 1 11 1 14 114
2   Michael Young Proton Satria Neo 4 8 2 11 4 4 65
3   Mark Pedder Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 2 12 Ret 7 2 10 65
4   Tom Wilde Renault Clio R3 3 10 Ret 6 3 6 46

Asia CupEdit

Pos. Driver Vehicle  
MAL
 
JPN
 
CHN
Total
1   Yuya Sumiyama Subaru Impreza WRX STi 2 11 1 14 1 14 107
2   Dinesh Deheragoda Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 6 3 5 6 2 12 57
3   Jun Xu Škoda Fabia S2000 3 10 2 12 56
4   Sanjay Takale Subaru Impreza WRX STi 5 7 3 10 42
5   Gaurav Gill Škoda Fabia S2000 1 14 Ret Ret 39
6   Tomohide Hasegawa Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX 7 3 4 8 29
7   Mitsuhiro Kunisawa Subaru Impreza WRX STi 4 7 19

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "2014 Calendar". FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Retrieved 2014-03-14.[permanent dead link]
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  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. Retrieved 2014-11-23.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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