Mike Young will run Volkswagen Polo R2 in APRC's India round
New Zealand's Mike Young together with co-driver Malcolm Read will enter in the 2017 Asia-Pacific Rally Championship's season-finale round in India.
The Kiwi driver will drive the Volkswagen Polo R2, prepared by the Indian arm of the German manufacturer with the help of Bangalore's GT Tuners.
"I am so excited to get behind the wheel of the Volkswagen in India, thanks to Volkswagen India and GT Tuner’s Benguluru," said Young. "The Volkswagen is FIA R2 spec, so is a 1.6 litre car with a sequential gearbox and I think it will suit the narrow and twisty roads well.
"The roads are actually run in the coffee plantations along the narrow access roads. It’s quite mountainous and the average speed can be as low as 50 km/hr.
"Plus add rock-lined banks and lots of trees, and you have a very tough environment, but that’s why I think the nimble VW will be so good. It is a very cool experience I must say. There is a crazy amount of spectators at every junction or spare piece of road.
"Although, the first super special stage is a real highlight because thousands of people watch us fly around the Amber Valley School football field on a man-made track, which is very unique,” added the Kiwi on his experience from his run in 2016.
Last year Young drove the Cusco Racing's Subaru Impreza STI N16 to finish second on the podium, behind India's Gaurav Gill in the Skoda R5. The 2017 Coffee Day India Rally in Chikmagalur is slated to take place during the November 24-26 weekend.
The APRC title will be decided in India, with Gill leading MRF Skoda teammate Ole Christian Veiby by six points - the defending champion is gunning for this third championship victory, while the Norwegian is chasing his first in the Asian series.