The Czech car maker Skoda and its partner MRF are all set with their team for the second round of Asia-Pacific Rally Championship which will take place in islands of New Caledonia of France from 14th to 16th June, 2013. The two teams which took winners and runners up positions in the opening rounds of 2013 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship seem to be prepared for this competition. The team comprises of two pairs which are Esapekka Lappi-Janne Ferm, the pair from Finland who were winners in previous round and Gaurav Gill-Glenn Macneall pair who are from India and New Zealand respectively, the team was runners up in previous event.
Speaking about the previous experience and the new upcoming challenge Gaurav Gill said, “We won the rally in 2012 and I am looking forward to repeating that feat. I gained valuable experience in New Zealand. However, all but one of the stages in New Caledonia are new this year. New Caledonia is a very unique rally, as the conditions can change at any time. For example, it can start to rain while the sun is still shining. If this happens, it can become incredibly slippery.”
The event held in New Caledonia has 17 special stages and comprises a total of 236.59 kilometres. For Skoda, winning this event would by quite crucial for its growth since the company is aiming at increasing its sales to 15 lakhs units per year by next 5-6 years. Dr. Frank Welsch, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at ŠKODA spoke about the rally to say,” The APRC, as one of the region’s most important motorsport events, provides us with outstanding opportunities to present the ŠKODA brand to a large public”.