Launching of New Logo and Name of Malaysian Rally
25 MAY 2017

Subang ¨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.

The 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.

The 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.

However 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.

Rallying 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 .

On 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 there.

With 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.

The 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.