Launching of New Logo and Name of Malaysian Rally
25 MAY 20117
¨C Thursday 25th May 2017. Rally organisers, Wheel Sport
Management Sdn. Bhd. today unveiled the new name and logo
of the ¡°Malaysian Rally 2017¡±. The ceremony was attended
and officiated by Y.A.M Tunku Idris Iskandar Al-Haj ibni
Sultan Ibrahim, the Tunku Temenggong of Johor who is the
Patron of the Event. Also in attendance were Dato¡¯ (Dr.)
Siew Ka Wei, Chairman of Wheel Sport Management Sdn. Bhd.,
director Y.M. Dato¡¯ Paduka Tengku Shaharin Abu Bakar Tengku
Suleiman who is also the Clerk of the Course for Malaysian
Rally 2017 and Managing Director, Datin Paduka Raja Nor
Mazli Tun Raja Mohar.
state of Johor has been part of the national Malaysian Rally
Championship since 2001 and since 2005 has been selected
by the FIA to host a round of the prestigious international
Asia Pacific Rally Championship (¡°APRC¡±), known as the
¡°Malaysian Rally¡±. This year, in honour of His Highness
the Tunku Temenggong of Johor graciously accepting to be
Patron of the Event, the Malaysian Rally will now be known
as the ¡°International Rally of Johor¡± and will have a
new logo. In addition, this new name is also in recognition
of the strong roots of rallying in Johor and to the strong
support of the Johor State government for the event over
the past 12 years.
launch is also a revival of Malaysian Rallying to the general
public and the world that Malaysia is the place to be if
you want to go rallying. Johor¡¯s popularity with international
rally competitors is due to its unique rallying conditions.
Known as the toughest event in the FIA APRC championship
calendar with its weather and technically demanding rally
tracks which takes a lot of effort, skill and energy to
complete the event.
The International Rally of Johor 2017 marks a new era of
Malaysian rallying. There will be more media coverage of
the coming event in Johor Bahru this 11 to 13 August, such
as live streaming and up to date feeds on social media Facebook,
Instagram etc as well coverage from the local and international
media. These are all steps taken by the organizers to promote
the sport of rallying to the public.
On the domestic front, general interest in Malaysian rallying
in the past few years or so has been has declining. Escalating
cost of competing such as tyres and car parts, as well as
the lack of support from the relevant agencies to develop
and promote rallying are among the reasons for the decline.
rallying is a global sport with millions of fans throughout
the world including Malaysia. The APRC series itself is
seen by TV viewers in over 118 countries with a measured
global annual audience of 463 million households.
in Malaysia has its own hardcore followers. Our own rallying
icon, Karamjit Singh nurtured his rallying skills here and
had gone on to win titles overseas. Fortunately, the tireless
effort by rally organizers, Wheel Sport Management Sdn.
Bhd. whom has been organizing the AAM Malaysian Rally Championship
since 2001 has kept rallying in Malaysia alive all the while.
However the development of new drivers and teams is growing
too slowly due to lack of infrastructure and support .
the positive side, now with both disciplines of Motorsports
i.e. circuit and rallying a center of attraction in Johor
with annual international events, the plan of making Johor
the Hub of Motorsport in South East Asia in the next few
years is well in the books. A plan to completely revise
the Pasir Gudang track with new infrastructure is being
worked out, to enable more exciting events to be organized
the addition of rallying to the state, it is hoped that
a plan to develop local rallying talents to become international
drivers will become a reality, and make rallying a popular
sport. Ultimately bringing a round of the World Rally Championship
to our shores in the near future could very well be materialized.
International Rally of Johor 2017 will be held from the
11th to 13th August in Johor Bahru. The 3 day event is part
of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship where Malaysia
is round 4 of the 6 round Championship. Other countries
of the APRC include New Zealand, Australia, China, Japan
and India. Round 2 of the 4 round national AAM Malaysian
Rally Championship 2017 will be also be held at the same