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Important announcement of Rally Hokkaido 2020


To all the intended crews, competitors and concerned parties

Hereby we would like to inform you the current plan of Rally Hokkaido 2020
Currently Japan is under tightened border control with no estimated lift date due to COVID-19 pandemic, and this makes it very difficult hold the event as a round of Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Thus, this year, we made difficult decision to temporary step off from the APRC series and operate the event as non-championship international rally event.
Along with JAF guidelines we will make this year’s event as compact as possoble, making it 2 day events running on Saturday and Sunday.
It is our deepest regret that, for the first time of its history, Rally Hokkaido 2020 will be held as no-spectator event. Ceremonies such as ceremonial start and rally show will not be held.
We will keep you updated with the situation on this website.

Current plan of schedule is as follows:

Septenber, 2020

10th (Thu)
11:00 service park opens
12:00〜13:30 recce registration
14:00〜18:30 reconnaissance (1)
17:00〜20:00 documentation

11th (Fri):
9:30〜15:00 reconnaissance (2)
8:30〜17:00 scrutineering

12th (Sat):
6:15 Leg1 / first car starts

13th (Sun):
5:00 Leg2 / first car starts
13;35 1st int’l car finishes *
14;35 1st JRC car finishes *
15:20 (in’l) publishment of provisional classification*
16;20 (JRC) publishment of provisional classification*

* = estimated

[Digital APRC] LUCAG120 Won the 1st Online Rally Hokkaido


Online Rally Hokkaido, the 2nd round of Digital APRC held from 22nd of May 2100JST, finished the competition at 2100JST 24th of May.
Total 169 competitors fought intensive and tough battle with rainy condition during the weekend, and 158 of them finished the rally.
The winner was LUCAG120 (ERT_LUCA_GIACOMIN) from Australia, who won both the LEG1 and LEG2.
Digital APRC is now working to issue certificates to the top 3 competitors, while making videos of the Biggest Moment award available for voting.
The next round of the Digital APRC heads down south again – Online Rally Indonesia will be held from 6th to 7th June. We are looking forward to having many competitors there again!

[Digital APRC] Awards for Online Rally Hokkaido


Digital APRC announced they will issue awards for Online Rally Hokkaido. In addition to certificate of achievement for winner, 2nd and 3rd fastest competitors, they will be giving “Biggest Moment” award with US$100 prize money for competitors who submit their “Big Moment” and got the largest vote in the APR official facebook page.

The “Big Moments” are something like – a jump, big spin, going off-road and recovering. Competitors are encouraged to record their stage and submit their big moments to FIA APRC official facebook page. Then the Digital APRC will post those on their facebook page, and the one who got the most reactions and comments will win the prize.
So, even if you are not competing this weekend, you can join us by checking the official page and giving your voting.
We will be waiting for your participation in either way!

Did I hear you will drive for the Biggest Moment award this weekend? I hope not… 😉

FIA APRC official Facebook page:
(The picture below is from their image)

[Digital APRC] Schedule for On-line Rally Hokkaido Revealed


APRC revealed schedule of On-line Rally Hokkaido, Round 2 of the Digital APRC series. The virtual event starts at 22nd May Friday 2100hrs Japan time and consists of 17 stages. For the first day, within the first 24 hours from the event start, competitors will run total 9 stages – 1 night stage followed by Service, then 5 daytime stages followed by another Service, and then 3 repeat stages to finish the day.

They will then compete the 2nd day in similar manner – within 24 hours they will do 5 stages followed by Service, and then 3 more stages to finish the rally.

For details, please refer to the Media Release by the APRC – it includes a tip from Mike Young, winner of 2019 Rally Hokkaido.

APRC Media Advisory 2020 May 19APRC Media Advisory 2020May19

Only 1 week to go for On-line Rally Hokkaido – Are U Ready?


Now only about a week to go for On-line Rally Hokkaido.  Those who competed the previous round, Whangarei, have you secured your schedule?

Those who plan to compete the digital APRC for the first time next week, have you got everything you need to compete the event? If you are novice driver in the e-Sport, you might be wondering what is required and how you can prepare them. While it is clear you need a gaming console (Playstation4, xbox or PC) and DiRT Rally 2.0 software, you might be wondering if you need a steering wheel controller or not.

Is Steering Wheel Mandatory for DigitalAPRC? 
Well, the answer is NO – you can still drive rally cars without it in DiRT Rally 2.0 and complete Digital APRC. You might  have seen photos star rally drivers competing virtual events such as Solberg World Cup, in sport bucket seat and holding steering wheel, facing large LCD monitor. Those are nice but can be quite expensive, but pelase relax. You can compete without such luxury setup.
Some people prefer that style for near-real-world experience, but you can even compete with standard gaming controller pad which comes with the console, and there are people who actually completed the Whangarei round with it. Yes, you can compete without spending money for extra hardware.
Still, you might want a steering wheel to gain close-to-reality experience – if yes, there are wide variety of third party products, with price tags ranging from approx JPY10,000 to above 100,000.
This comparison site might help you findig right product for you (sorry, Japanese language only):
NOTE: This does note mean Rally Hokkaido recommends, certifies or guarantees any of those products.

3 or more digital APRC rounds are currently planned after On-line Rally Hokkaido, so it might be a good opportunity to get one for you for more fun on the virtual rally.



Online Rally Hokkaido to be held as 2nd round of Digital APRC


As many of you might be aware of, Digital APRC, was launched with Online Rally of Whangare last weekend along with FIA’s #RaceAtHome initiative, and 300+ people competed the rally safely from their home. Now it was announced its 2nd round will be held as “Online Rally Hokkaido”, from 23rd to 24th of May.

Digital APRC will consists of 5 or more rounds this year, and is operated as on-line championship of DiRT Rally 2.0 software. Anyone who owns the software and has environment for network play can join and compete for free.

Mike Young, the winner of APRC Rally Hokkaido 2019, competed the first round and announced his participation for the 2nd round as well. Join the digital APRC and see if you can beat him on-line, safely from your home!

For details, please refer to our media release:

Media Release – Digital APRC2020_MediaRelease_OnlineRallyHokkaido_EN.pdf

Change of the Rally Guide 1 publication date


Please be advised that the publication date of Rally Guide 1, which was originally scheduled on April 11th, has been changed to early May, with FIA Waiver Approval# W20-034.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting our lives worldwide, and we sincerely hope you stay well and healthy. Please always put the highest priority on the health of yourself and your family. For those who are currently fighting against it, our prayers are always with you, and we wish your earliest recovery.

APRC Drivers Interview : After SS2


Want more? Let’s see how the drivers were after the 1st stage of Leg 1B – RIKUBETSU LONG 2.

APRC Drivers Interview : After SS13


Time flies, and almost a week has passed since we had Rally Hokkaido 2019. For the ones who want more, we have something from our video archive – here’s Driver’s Interview video after SS13 OTOFUKE REVERSE 2.

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