APRC returns to Malaysia
MALAYMAILONLINE.COM | 23 JULY 2017
TINGGI, July 23 ¡ª The palm oil estates around Kota Tinggi will
come alive with the roar of high-speed rally cars in August this
will play host to the third round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally
Championship (APRC) which will be held on August 11-13.
the southern gateway and third-largest state in Peninsula Malaysia,
is the keeper of many national and natural treasures untold.
is a delightful mixture of the traditional and modern; and its
natural and ultra-modern urban jungles has been the event venue
rally stages around Kota Tinggi are arguably the best palm oil
rally stages in the country.
flowing and technically challenging roads all the way through,
spiced up with high humidity are a real test for the competitors.
the international Rally of Johor is Round 2 of the four-round
national AAM Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC), a championship
hotly contested among the local competitors takes the participant
to every corner of Peninsular Malaysia and highly regarded as
a tough championship to endure.
general interest in Malaysian rallying over the past decade or
so has been on the decline due to escalating cost.
of support from the relevant agencies to develop and promote rallying
were among the reasons for the decline.
means getting sponsorship to go rallying is very hard to come
with rallying as a niche global sport, it has been kept on the
back-burner, with public support fanned only by those closely
involved in the sport.
in Malaysia has its own hardcore followers. Fortunately, the tireless
efforts of rally organisers, Wheel Sport Management Sdn Bhd, which
has been organising the AAM Malaysian Rally Championship since
2001, has kept rallying in Malaysia alive.
year, the first round of the MRC 2017 in Perlis saw double the
number of entries compared to previous years.
the development of new drivers and teams is growing too slowly
due to the lack of infrastructure and support. They are restricted
to compete in old rally cars which are much cheaper and are unable
to sample the latest technology of rally cars.
International Rally of Johor 2017 marks a new era of Malaysian
rallying. There will be more media coverage of the coming event
in Johor Baru, such as live streaming and up-to-date feeds on
social media, as well coverage from local and international media.
are all steps taken by the organisers to promote the sport of
rallying to the public and will eventually jolt everyone into
realising that Malaysian Rallying is an event that¡¯s too good
to be left unnoticed.
three-day event is part of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship
where Malaysia is the third round of the five-round Championship.
countries of the APRC include New Zealand, Australia, Japan and
India. Round Two of the four-round national AAM Malaysian Rally
Championship 2017 will be also be held at the same time.