Asia-Pacific Rally Championship Podcast
Rally Hokkaido 2010 Podcast
This season may be Katsu Taguchi’s best opportunity to win a second APRC title. And the Japanese driver completed a classy win at his home event, steering clear of trouble with a measured, mature drive.
His teammate Gaurav Gill set the pace throughout the event, but some bad luck and enormous pressure from Taguchi saw the Indian slip from first to third on the final leg of the event.
In our round up of Rally Hokkaido, we talk to Taguchi, Gill, second-placed Hiroshi Yanagisawa and also catch up with Alister Mcrae and Chris Mellors from the Proton team. Have a listen to the show; just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of gogofoto.
Rally China 2009 Podcast
Cody Crocker performed a clean-sweep of the 2009 Asia Pacific Rally Championship, claiming the final round of the series in China.
While Crocker made it siz wins from six events this year, his team-mate Emma Gilmore battled through the pain of a broken hand to move ahead of Katsu Taguchi in the championship points to give MotorImage their first 1-2 in the series and ensure Subaru won the manufacturers title.
The podium places were claimed by Rifat Singkar and Yuya Sumiyama, while higher profile drives like Katsu Taguchi, Gaurav Gill and Hiroshi Yanagisawa all failed on the rough and dangerous mountain roads.
In our final podcast of 2009, we catch up to Crocker, Gilmore, Sungkar and the rest of the field at the end of a long and tough rally. Have a listen to the show; just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of plopcrew.net.
Rally Indonesia 2009 Podcast
Cody Crocker created history in Makassar, becoming the first driver in APRC history to win four championships.
Katsu Taguchi has fought hard all year to stem the tide, but the Motor Image Subaru Impreza is now just too fast for the Taguchi’s older Mitsubishi Evo 9.
Emma Gilmore battled hard to claim the final podium position, in a rally that mixed heat, dust, rain and mud. But Alister McRae, Gaurav Gill, Hiroshi Yanagisawa, Yuya Sumiyama and Rifat Sungkar all had bad-luck stories to tell at the end of two torturous days.
In this podcast, we talk to Crocker, Taguchi and rest of the field about an event that provided plenty of action and excitement. Have a listen to the show; just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of Linear Photographs and www.rallyindonesia.com.
Rally Malaysia 2009 Podcast
He did it again, and he did it in style! While the rest of the field struggled in the hot and wet Malaysian palm plantations, Cody Crocker sailed away with the rally. Blindingly fast from the very first stage, he finished the rally more than 20 minutes in front of second-placed Emma Gilmore.
But for Katsu Taguchi, his dream of a second APRC title came horribly unstuck. It’s rare for the Japanese driver not to bring his car to the finish line, but in Malaysia he wasn’t able to complete either leg, crashing on both Saturday and Sunday.
In our coverage of Rally Malaysia 2009, we catch up with to Crocker and Taguchi, Gaurav Gill and Emma Gilmore, plus two new (but familiar) faces in the APRC ranks. Rifat Sungkar returned in a privately entered Lancer EVO 8, while former champion Karamjit Singh debuted the all-new Proton Neo S2000.
Have a listen to the show; just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of Linear Photographs.
Rally Hokkaido 2009 Podcast
It was tight during the opening leg, but an afternoon puncture cost Katsu Taguchi any chance of victory at his home rally, and handed Cody Crocker what may yet be a critical win in the 2009 APRC.
In our coverage of Rally Hokkaido 2009, we talk to Crocker and Taguchi, Gaurav Gill and Emma Gilmore, and the Hiroshi Yanagisawa who debuted an all-new Mitsubishi Lance Evo X. So to catch up with all the Rally Hokkaido action, just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of www.rally-hokkaido.com.
Rally Whangarei 2009 Podcast
Close from start to finish, Katsu Taguchi shadowed Cody Crocker all event, but Emma Gilmore was ready to pounce if either of them faltered. And ahead of them all, Hayden Paddon won the rally outright and capture the Pacific Cup for 2009.
To catch up with all the Rally Whangarei action, just press the ‘Play’ button here, or download it from iTunes.
Photos courtesy of Michael Young and Linear Photographs.