Monday, Apr 16 09:34pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Mike Young confirmed to drive new Toyota in APRC

World Rally Championship hopeful Mike Young is making steps forward in the world of rallying with the announcement he'll drive a new 4WD Toyota Yaris. 


The Kiwi will contest another season of the six-round Asia–Pacific Rally Championship, this time in a more competitive car. He'll be joined by regular co-driver Malcolm Read for every round, except Australia. 


Read is this year working with Australian Rally Championship competitor Molly Taylor in a Subaru. Young will instead team up with Scott Beckwith from Australia for his local rally.


"I must thank Cusco Racing for their loyalty over the years and giving me this task of developing their Toyota," Young said.


"It’s the perfect platform and the best way to test by doing the rallies its likely to compete in. These new cars are much lighter and have much better suspension travel compared to the Group N cars I've driven previously."


In seasons past Young has driven multiple cars including a long campaign in a Group N Subaru Impreza WRX STi. The car he'll drive this season is built by top Japanese outfit Cusco Racing who will be supported by Dunlop. 


"We will run on Dunlop tyres once again which will give us a great overall package for the year. To say I’m excited about the year would be an understatement."


The Yaris Young is set to run is fitted with a turbo-charged  2.0 litre Lexus straight-four as part of a joint effort alongside Toyota Racing Development (TRD). 


Young will be joined by Japanese driver Yuya Sumiyama in the Cusco Racing stable. He'll drive a Skoda Fabia R5. 


The association with Toyota is not new as Cusco Racing and Young competed in the 2013 APRC in a production class 2WD Toyota Vitz. They won the 2013 Asia Cup against much faster opposition.


Last year Young got the chance to drive the 4WD Yaris in Japan's Rally Hokkaido.


Photo: Supplied