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Documentation in progress


Competitors are now visiting Rally HQ for Documentation. They are in quite relaxed mood, all with good smiles.

Specatator’s Map (Unofficial)


Rally Hokkaido Spectator’s Map, created by anonymous volunteer, is now avaialble for public access. You may find it helpful in driving around the stages and/or finding delicious treats on the way.
This is not an official map, and thus we do not guarantee the contents of the map, including stage locations. Please use it on your own risk.
Please do not access the stages except for the designated spectator areas. Always use the spectator parkings and follow the instructions of the marshals to get to the specatator areas, for your own safety and smooth operation of the rally.
Refueling service is provided at the commercial pump fuel stations. While it is open for public, your kind cooperation in avoiding them during the passage/refueling time of the rally cars is highly appreciated. To minimize the invonvenience of the neighbours, please always use public parking and never park your car on the road or private properties.

■Google Map for Rally Hokkaido Spectators

[Press Release] Federal Tyre supplies its G-10 to 5 competitors


In Japan, Dunlop (DL) and Yokohama (YH) together occupy most of the market hares of gravel rally tres, with some minor exceptions such as MRF (India/Gaurav Gill) and Hankook (Korea/Mitsuyoshi Kuroiwa) in the past. This year, Federal Tyre (Taiwan) announced that they supply Federal G10 tyres to 5 cars competing in Rally Hokkaido. (さらに…)

JSR: Final battle for championship


International Class of Rally Hokkaido is not only a battle for Asia Cup and APRC, but also the final round of Japan Super Rally series. The series began with International Rally of Tsumagoi in snow, followed by Montre, y which was also the first round of FIA APRC Asia Cup, competed on car-breaking rough gravel. The third round was Yokote Rally. Overall point leader is Yasushi Aoyama, who won the first round despite of multiple damages/problems with his Subaru WRX STI. The driver who follows him only1 point behind is Mike Young, who is quite familiar with this rally. Young is driving brand new Toyota C-HR ralloy car developed by Cusco, making a debut event for the car. The performance of this new car is still yet to be known. Co-driving with Aoyama is Taku Iseya, for the first time in this series, but Young is also with a new co-driver for this series, Glenn Macneall. So there are several unknown factors in their battle.

JSR Registered Drivers List


JSR (Japan Super Rally Series) registered drivers list can be found here:

JSR Registered Drivers list2019RH_JSR-REGISTERED-DRIERS-LIST-E.pdf

Asia Cup status – who’s leading the race?


This year, APRC received large renovation and there is no longer race for the championship throughout the season – winner of the APRC final in Longyou (China) will be the APRC champion for 2019. However, Asia Cup is still competed in the same manner as last year, and Rally Hokkaido is 3rd round out of 4 Asia Cup rallies.
So far, there is no one competed both of the past 2 rounds (Montre/Japan and Medan/Indonesia), thus the Asia Cup point standings has many drivers/co-drivers packed in small gaps. However, there are more than several drivers who competed Montre and will be starting Rally Hokkaido next Friday, so the point standings will look more interesting after Rally Hokkaido. Let’s see who is rallying it.

Neither of the point leaders, Kawana and Variza (38 points), is not competing, but Masumura (29 points) is. Djan also has 29 points but he is not coming to Japan, either. So it seems Masumura has some advantage in the point race. However, the gap between him and Young is only 3 points and he is obviously big threat. Even though Kohama is driving RWD Toyota GT86, he is only 5 points behind Young. When you consider the fact that anything can happen with Rally Hokkaido, with its very demanding stages for both the cars and the drivers, those is not a thing like “safe margin”. Tough stages of Montre gave Aoki and Otake very hard time, but the same thing might happen to any of them, while those two drivers must be well prepared after the bitter experience.
Basically the same thing can be said to co-drivers’ point standings (Takehara, Fujita, Ikeda and Takeshita), but the absence of Malcom Read may make it more complicated. Due to his series participation of Australian Rally championship, he is not able to join Young for Rally Hokkaido and Glenn Macneall will occupy Young’s co-driver seat. As many of you know, Macneall completed Rally Hokkaido many times as a co-driver for Gaurav Gill, and surely knows the rally and the roads. But considering the fact that Read (26 points) is not earning any points next weekend, it is more difficult to forecast the outcome after the Rally Hokkaido.
Well, it seems we just have to wait and see how the rally develops…

FIA APRC Point Standings

Motorway Roadworks Notification


Please be informed that there will be scheduled roadworks of Doto Expressway, which connects western core of Hokkaido and Tokachi region, during the rally week. The expressway will be partly blocked and will not be available for service between Shimukappu and Tokachi-Shimizu.

Please refer the following link for details (Language switching is available on left-side menu bar).

Motorway Roadworks Notification

Cusco C-HR is making its debut at Rally Hokkaido!


It is Wednesday today, and that means there’s only 1 more week to go for Rally Hokkaido. On next Wednesday, 18th of September, Rally HQ at Obihiro will open its door for Rally Hokkaido 2019 and competitors will gather there for the Documentation.
This year, one of our familiar drivers, Mr. Mike Young (Cusco Racing) will bear car#1 place on his brand-new Toyota C-HR.
Yes, you read it correctly. Toyota C-HR.
Carrosser, who owns and operates Cusco Racing, has built a new rally car based on Toyota C-HR. Its dimension is designed to fit APRC AP4 regulations but it received TRD-8AR engine, 2000cc turbo racing engine developed by TRD based on Lexus 8AR-FTS.

During the past events, Young has driven another Carrosser’s original rally car, Toyota Vitz 4WD, and made tremendous effort in improving the car’s performance. And much of those experiences are reflected on the designing/building the C-HR. We cannot miss the debut rally of the car, and Young’s performance with the new car.


(Special Thanks to: YODA Rallying for the drawing of the car)

Provisional Service Paddock


Provisional Service Paddock is published,and available for download from the link below.


Rally Guide 2 is published


Rally Guide 2 is published,and available for download from the link below.

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