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Australian co-driver Dale Moscatt and Estonian, Karl Kruuda, have achieved a strong result in China over the weekend, with the pair placing second in the Duolun Rally. The new rally, based in Inner Mongolia, brought roads that were lined with very loose gravel, making road sweeping an issue for the first cars on the road. The second-place result for the Estonian-Australian pair however, could have been better. Their Subaru wouldn’t start heading out of the final service, halting their charge at victory.

Aussie Dale Moscatt (left) and Estonian Karl Kruda. (Photos: via Dale Moscatt)

  “A fantastic, fast and composed drive had us leading with one stage to go, and unfortunately the car wouldn’t start out of service,” Moscatt said. “Just before running out of late time, we pushed the car into control and managed to find the fault.” A short in a jumper plug was the cause, and the road penalties unfortunately dropped the pair to second, behind Volkswagen driver, Mark Higgins. “Congratulations to Mark and Darren on a fantastic drive,” Moscatt added. “They’re always great competitors and great to share a laugh with between the stages.” Moscatt’s schedule will see him rush back to Australia for four days of rally raid in Mildura, Victoria. He will soon return to China for the next round of their championship.
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