Launching of New Logo and Name of Malaysian Rally
25 MAY 2017
¨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
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 time.