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David Higgins took his third consecutive victory in the Chinese Rally Championship by winning the Liupanshui Rally in China last weekend.

Australians Dean Herridge and Bill Hayes finished a creditable third, after a flat tyre on the first day cost them any chance of victory in their Subaru Impreza WRX.

Higgins then enjoyed a thrilling battle with fellow Manxman Martin Rowe (with Australian Dale Moscatt co-driving) throughout the event in his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9.

“What a battle,” Higgins said. “We had a few problems on the first leg and finished the day 4.3 seconds behind Martin. But things went better on the second leg and after eight stages Martin and I were tied on exactly the same time. We were fastest on the final two stages to win by two seconds.”

Higgins has already returned to the UK where he will contest this weekend’s Manx Rally at the wheel of a Subaru 2000 Toyota Corolla.

“People expect me to know the stages well because I was born on the island, but I only did two rallies on the island when we lived there so it’s the round of the BRC I probably have least experience of. I’ve done well there in the past though and the car is performing well,” Higgins said.

He has spent two days testing the Corolla on tarmac since the last round of the BRC, the Jim Clark Rally, where he finished second in the BRC component.

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