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Spencer Lowndes has moved into third outright in the Australian Rally Championship following the third round of the national series, coates Rally Queensland last weekend.

After a frustrating start to the rally, Lowndes, the leading Mitsubishi privateer, picked up the pace in Heat Two, setting top three stage times throughout Sunday’s heat.

“We definitely had a better day out there today, and to finish fourth for the rally after the frustration of yesterday was a good result,” said Lowndes.

Lowndes, behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, had not competed in Queensland for five years and took a cautious approach to the renowned technical stages throughout the Imbil Forest.

“Queensland is probably the most challenging rally in the ARC and the guys I was up against have all been here in the last few years, so we knew we would be a little off their pace to begin with.  We were setting some pretty fast stage times out there this afternoon and the car felt fantastic,” Lowndes said.

“The roads up here are unbelievable. I mean. they are challenging. but they are great fun. It’s been a good rally all round!”

With no problems for the car over the weekend the preparation for the next round of the ARC will focus on further development of the Evo IX’s suspension and engine response.

The fourth round of the ARC, Sprint Auto Parts Rally SA, will be held from the 25th – 27th July in the Adelaide Hills.

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