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The two-day Idaho Rally, based near Boise, was the fifth round of the American Rally Association series and was won by the fifth different winner this year. The winner this time was Subaru driver Jeff Seehorn, pictured above. Both drivers in the Subaru Motorsports USA team struck trouble. Oliver Solberg retired on the first day with throttle and fuel related troubles, while on the final stage his teammate, David Higgins, who had been chasing for the lead, slid off he road. = = = Hyundai Motorsport has announced their fifth World Rally Car team driver of the season so far, when Craig Breen makes a one-off WRC appearance for them in Neste Rally Finland. For this event he has been allowed to run with his lucky #42 competition number. He is also due to compete on the earlier Rally Estonia. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the i20 WRC will have aerodynamic changes in time for Finland, in addition to the new front differential which appeared in Portugal. Hyundai’s top placed WRC driver, Thierry Neuville, has also been quoted as saying his lacklustre performance was because his pre-event testing had been carried out in unrepresentative weather conditions.

Craig Breen (right) and co-driver Paul Nagle.

= = = = Hyundai i20 R5 driver Ivan Ares won the national championship Rali do Cocido based at Lalin in North West Spain. His championship rival Pepe Lopez crashed his Citroen C3 R5. Further south, in Portugal, there was another Hyundai win, this time for Armindo Araujo at Rali de Castelo Branca, heading the Skoda Fabia R5s of Ricardo Teodosio and Miguel Barbosa. = = = = The tragic accident on the final morning which saw the death of the popular driver, Manus Kelly, led to the immediate cancellation of the Donegal Rally. Kelly had won this event for the last three years at the wheel of Subaru Impreza WRC, but this year had been driving a Hyundai i20 R5. Leader at the time the rally was stopped was Sam Moffett in a Fiesta WRC, 13.4 seconds ahead of the similar car of Craig Breen. = = = =

Hayden Paddon. Photo: Mark Walton

Hayden Paddon won the New Zealand championship Rally of South Canterbury, a forest rally based at Timaru, winning all 12 stages in his Hyundai i20 AP4. In second place was Subaru driver Ben Hunt, who is already very close to clinching the national rally championship. As he is not eligible for the championship, Paddon’s car sports a bigger turbo restrictor. While Paddon heads into rallycross events and also concentrates on Asia Pacific events in a Hyundai i20 R5, his AP4 car is being converted into hillclimb specification for various special events. = = = =

Harry Bates. Photo: Luke Whitten

Toyota driver Harry Bates dominated the Subaru Rally Tasmania. The event was one of the qualifying rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Championship, and Bates won all but one of the stages in this two-day event. Subaru driver Molly Taylor was second. Four times Australian champion, Simon Evans, celebrated his return to regular competition by finishing fourth overall in a Subaru.
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