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Toyota enters FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship 2013

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Text: / Photos: Toyota Press | posted April 10, 2013 16:16

First race to commence in May

Toyota will be returning to the Asia Pacific Rally Championship this year with the Toyota Vitz (Yaris) RS as its race car. The race car was jointly developed by Japan’s Cusco Racing and Toyota Racing Development (TRD). The car will be driven by Michael Young with Daniel Willson as his co-driver, the team will be competing in APRC's FIA two-wheel drive cup, FIA Junior Cup, and the Asia Cup.

“It’s a new challenge and a great opportunity to be part of developing a new car. All the events in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship have very different surfaces and conditions – part of the challenge will be setting up the car to work in all those situations.” said Michael Young.

The round one of the 2013 APRC will be at the Rally of Whangarei, New Zealand on May 17-19th, followed by several more international rallies in Caledonie, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, China before it concludes in Thailand on December.

TRD Motorsport’s Group Manager for Planning and Promotions, Makoto Kohno said, “After a successful test for the Toyota Vitz RS at Rally Hokkaido in 2012, Toyota Racing Development is very pleased to join with the Cusco Racing team to take on the unique challenges of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship. The APRC will enable us to further develop the Vitz into a very competitive rally car for the future.”