Archive for the ‘Season 2008’ Category

Crocker Three-Peats!

By • Oct 13th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Last week he was a two-time champion. But this week Cody Crocker has joined rally legends Karamjit Singh, Possum Bourne and Kenneth Ericsson as the only drivers to win the APRC title three times. Crocker kept out of trouble in the tricky conditions at Rally Malaysia to claim his third win of the season. Title […]

Gill Targets Pirelli Drive

By • Oct 10th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Indian rally champion Gaurav Gill has set his sights on securing a drive in the 2009 World Rally Championship (WRC) series through the Pirelli Star Driver programme, launched this year by the Italian tyre giant. Pirelli, the official tyre supplier for WRC, is in the process of identifying five young drivers, all below 27 years […]

Rally Malaysia Preview

By • Oct 8th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

This weekend’s 2008 Malaysian Rally looks like being one of the most competitive and exciting Asia-Pacific Rally Championship events in years with a full APRC entry, complemented by ten young drivers competing in the Pirelli Star Driver Competition. In the APRC Japanese driver Katsu Taguchi leads the 2008 championship points race by 5 points from […]

Herridge Bounces Back in China

By • Sep 29th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Dean Herridge and Subaru Rally Team China have bounced back from a disappointing non-finish in Mohe earlier this month, capturing second place at the Changbai Mountain Rally. The third round of the Chinese national rally series, Changbai Mountain was contested over roads near the North Korean border in China’s north-east. And the rally held plenty […]

Jussi Pipped at the Post

By • Sep 23rd, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Jussi Valimaki, the 2005 APRC champion, has been overtaken in the race for points at the final event of the Finnish national rally championship in Mikkeli. Held 200km to the west of his home base of Tampere, Valimaki was unable to defend his Group-A national title on the fast stages that made up the SM […]

Green, Herridge Battle in China

By • Sep 10th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Two APRC favourites, Brian Green and Dean Herridge, have spent the weekend battling the mud on the China’s remote northern border. Both drivers are regulars in the Chinese Rally Championship, with Brian piloting a Mitsubishi Lancer for 000-Motor Sports, while Dean is lead driver for Subaru Rally Team China. But this round of the series […]

Jussi Struggles in Title Battle

By • Sep 4th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

It was a tough weekend for former APRC front-runner Jussi Valimaki, as he battles to defend his Finnish Group-A championship title. The second-last round of the Finnish national series saw Valimaki with co-driver Kai Tarkiainen battling it out near the city of Uusikaupunki, on Finland’s west coast. An extremely high-speed event, this rally was always […]

Gearbox Robs Naren in NZ

By • Sep 1st, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Naren Kumar’s season of frustration continued in New Zealand this weekend, the six-time Indian champion sidelined with gearbox problems with the finish line in sight. "I was doing so well till this happened. I was running eighth when the gearbox broke. It is a very sad day for me, I was confident of finishing in […]

Gaurav Claims Maiden APRC Win

By • Aug 25th, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Indian champion Gaurav Gill has claimed his maiden APRC victory on the hot and dusty tracks of South Sulawesi. Rally Indonesia is one of the toughest events on the APRC calendar, but Gill made it look easy, taking an early lead on day 1 and holding off both Cody Crocker and Katsu Taguchi, who charged […]

MI Pair Ready for Battle

By • Aug 22nd, 2008 • Category: Season 2008

Shakedown for Rally Indonesia has just completed, and APRC TV’s Brian Young caught up with the Motor Image drivers, Cody Crocker and Rifat Sungkar, earlier today. Brian Young: Cody, you may not leading the championship, but you’re one event up on the series leader Katsu Taguchi. Cody Crocker: Yes it’s a great position only two […]