Jo­hor leg gets new name and logo

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE Jo­hor leg of the FIA Asi­aPa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship (APRC) is now known as the In­ter­na­tional Rally of Jo­hor.

Into its 13th year, the rally will be the fourth stop on the sixround cham­pi­onship which also takes place in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, China, Ja­pan and In­dia.

Or­gan­is­ers Wheel Sport Man­age­ment yes­ter­day un­veiled the new name and logo for the event on Aug 11-13.

Round two of the Malaysian Rally Cham­pi­onship (MRC) will also be held at the same time.

Wheel Sport Man­age­ment direc­tor Datuk Tengku Sha­harin Abu Bakar Tengku Su­laiman ex­pects at least 12 cars to com­pete in the APRC and 20 for the MRC.

“Jo­hor has been part of the MRC since 2001 and has hosted a round of the APRC since 2005.

“In hon­our of Tunku Te­meng­gong Jo­hor Tunku Idris Iskan­dar Sul­tan Ibrahim, it will now be known as the In­ter­na­tional Rally of Jo­hor and will have a new logo.

“The new name is to recog­nise the strong roots of ral­ly­ing and Jo­hor’s de­sire to be­come a mo­tor­sport hub in the South­east Asian re­gion.

“There will be live stream­ing and up­dates on so­cial me­dia to pro­mote the sport,” said Tengku Sha­harin.

De­fend­ing APRC cham­pion Gau­rav Gill from In­dia will com­pete in his Skoda while World Rally Cham­pi­onships (WRC) driver Jari Ke­tomaa of Fin­land and Robert Blomberg will race with Swe­den-based team Mit­subishi. Fabian Peter

PIC BY OWEE AH CHUN

Tunku Te­meng­gong Jo­hor Tunku Idris Iskan­dar Sul­tan Ibrahim (third from left) launches the In­ter­na­tional Rally of Jo­hor with Wheel Sport Man­age­ment man­ag­ing direc­tor Datin Paduka Raja Nor Ma­zli Tun Raja Mo­har (left), Wheel Sport Man­age­ment direc­tor Datuk Tengku Sha­harin Abu Bakar Tengku Su­laiman (sec­ond from left) and Wheel Sport Mange­ment chair­man Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei in Jo­hor yes­ter­day.

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