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Crocker wins China; completes APRC domination


Subaru rally driver, Cody Crocker, completed a clean-sweep of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship by winning his sixth event of the season, Rally China.

Crocker, driving the Les Walkden Rallying-entered Impreza WRX STI, has scored the maximum ten points on offer for finishing first in each event he has contested this year - Canberra, Rotorua, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and China.

Remarkably, the three-time Australian champion also collected the maximum bonus points for winning ten of the twelve heats contested along the way, meaning his total points score of 94 was only two shy of the highest score possible.

Crocker's domination of Rally China matched his form throughout the season. Not only was he first APRC car home, he was also first outright, winning by over five minutes from Richard Mason, with Japan's Hiroshi Yanagasawa third.

Conditions across the series were a revelation for Crocker and co-driver, Ben Atkinson, but the pair handled every challenge with aplomb, and totally mastered the slippery, muddy conditions encountered across the three days of competition in China.

"The roads were a quagmire here, absolutely diabolical, but we stayed clean the whole way and got the points," Crocker said.

"Even though we came here with the championship wrapped up, it is fantastic to formally get the business done and now we can celebrate."

"This championship is second in standing only to the World Championship, so it means a lot to the whole team to win it."

"Full credit to Les Walkden and the team. He gave Ben and me this opportunity, and his team has produced a brilliant car."

"It really is a fantastic feeling and I hope that something can come of this for Ben (Atkinson) and me, either at the World Championship level or the chance to try and win this championship again.

"We go to Monte Carlo to collect the title at the official FIA dinner Friday week, so that will be a big thrill to be there with all the other world and regional champions from all forms of Motorsport."

Crocker's results were also the cornerstone of Subaru winning the 2006 Asia-Pacific Manufactures' Championship.

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