Thursday, Sep 19 02:19pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Mike Young to debut Toyota TRD CH-R in APRC

Some pretty wild rally cars are doing the rounds at the moment, including the Cusco built Toyota TRD CH-R.

Asia-Pacific Rally Championship regular Mike Young will return to Japan this weekend for the final round of the regular season at Rally Hokkaido. The event is the last on the calendar before the winner-takes-all final in China next month.

Cusco has built two CH-R rally cars in collaboration with Toyota Racing Developments (TRD) who supply the engine and attend each event with their top technicians.


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“Its a pretty exciting project to be involved in,” Young said.

“Many of the things the team learnt from the Yaris have been incorporated or improved in this car.

“It has a longer wheel-base so during testing it immediately felt more stable, plus being a bigger car there’s more space in the engine bay and passenger compartment.”

Young is usually paired with Malcolm Read but will instead have Glenn Macneall of Australia in the co-driver seat. This weekend Read is competing in Australia alongside Molly Taylor in the Australian Rally Championship.

This weekend’s rally begins on Friday with the rally show and ceremonial start. The cars then tackle the 1.47 km Super Special Stage adjacent to the service park.


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Saturday heads north to the inland village location of Rikubetsu where teams will contest a further four stages before service in the township. They will then repeat two of the morning’s stages before the journey returns to Obihiro with a re-run of the Super Special Stage.

Sunday’s remaining eight stages are held just to the north of Obihiro with five in the morning and the final three taking up the early afternoon. The rally concludes with a ceremonial finish at the service park location of Kita Aikoku.

Following the Hokkaido event, the Cusco CH-R will be shipped to China for the APRC finale based in the city of Longyou on 25-27th October.

Photo: Mitsuru Kotake