Monday, Sep 23 03:10pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Dominant debut for Mike Young and TRD C-HR at Rally Hokkaido

Kiwi rally driver Mike Young and co-driver Glenn Macneall of Australia have dominated the penultimate round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, Rally Hokkaido.


The event was the seventh round of the championship and the third round of the APRC Asia Cup, which Young leads. The final round at Rally China will decied the Asia Cup winner and the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship winner.


Young dominated the rally, ending the two-day event with a 7minute18second margin over his nearest rivals. Driving the Cusco-built Toyota TRD C-HR, Young was quickest in all 16 stages.


Second place was Atsushi Masumara and Shizuka Takehara in a Mitsubishi Evolution X. Eiichi Iwashita and Shoichi Amako completed the podium, nearly eight minutes adrift, in their Mitsubishi Evolution IX. In total, 16 competitors finished with four DNFs.


“It’s really really awesome to have the win on debut with the C-HR - it couldn’t have gone any better,” the 26-year-old said.


“Having done three days of testing with the car, I knew what it was like – that it was strong. All I had to do was concentrate on my job and most importantly, have fun.”


Attention now turns to the final where all eligible teams will compete for the winner-takes-all final Rally China held at Longyou from 26-27 October.


CLICK HERE for full Rally Hokkaido results