Martin Holmes has his finger on the pulse, and has an update on all things rallying heading into the weekend on this Friday afternoon. = = = = Ricardo Trivino increased his lead in the 2019 FIA Nacam regional championship when he finished second overall on the recent Rallye Auto International Baie-des-Chaleurs based at New Richmond, Quebec, Canada. Trivino finished behind the Mini John Cooper Works WRC of Joel Levac. This was the third round of this year’s Nacam series and also of the Canadian championship. = = = = There is an exciting entry list for the very fast Rally Estonia (12-14 July) which includes eight WRC, 13 R5s and 15 trucks! While WRC officials will no doubt be checking if the event lives up to the curious FIA “Promotional” event status as uniquely billed by the WRC promoters, rally fans will find a distraction in the non-championship entries of the four registered WRC teams and in the form of the GAZ truck entries. These converted Russian trucks provide a popular sideshow category in national Estonian rallying. Other attractions will be the first rally entry for former M-Sport team driver in a World Rally Car for five times WRC rally winner Markko Martin and the first competition appearance for the new Fiesta R5 Evo. Teemu Suninen is to drive one car, another has been entered for Takamoto Katsuta. = = = = Rally Finland will be Hayden Paddon's first WRC entry since coming second on the 2018 Rally Australia with Hyundai, and comes six years after he competed with M-Sport in Cataunya 2013. This was also his last WRC entry before joining Hyundai.

Malcolm Wilson and Hayden Paddon prior to the latter's World Rally Car debut in Spain, 2013. Photo: via Holmes

He will again be co-driven by his long time New Zealand friend John Kennard, who is now sixty years old and has been absent from WRC rallies for two years. Paddon finished fourth on last year’s Neste Rally Finland. = = = = Due later this weekend: promised entry list for Neste Rally Finland and report of WRC Candidate Safari Rally in Kenya.
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