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The spectacle of celebratory donuts will return, officially, on next weekend's Propecia Rally New Zealand, after the FIA approved organisers' request for the crowd-pleasing manoeuvres to be permitted after the finish of the event.

The move will be welcomed by most of the WRC field, which has seen its great and good hit by punishments from the governing body this season after what were termed breaches of article 20.3 of the rulebook

OMV Peugeot's Henning Solberg was handed a suspended three-rally ban for performing a donut on the Cyprus Rally, while Sebastien Loeb, Gigi Galli, Manfred Stohl and Daniel Sordo were each fined 10,000 Euros for what the FIA termed 'hazardous actions' on Rally Argentina, before the governing body relented and changed the penalty to a suspended sentence after it became clear that marshals had asked the drivers to perform to help entertain a 40,000-strong crowd.

Although donuts are still largely frowned upon by the FIA, Rally New Zealand has established a specially-designated area set aside for the entertainment at Mystery Creek on Sunday afternoon.

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