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There was a shock result at the Rocky Mountain Rally, second round of the Canadian championship series, when both the leaders retired in the last two stages.

Surprise winner in Canada was Brandon Semenuk in his Subaru Crosstek. (Photo: Andrew Snucis)Firstly Boris Djordjevic (Mitsubishi) had broken steering, and then the leader Antoine l’Estage (Subaru WRX STI) had a suspension failure. In both cases the cars went off the road.

Surprise winner was Brandon Semenuk (Subau Crosstek)

<image Semenuk. Copyright free from championship promoters but please credit Andrew Snucis)

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Jose Suarez, the Peugeot Rally Academy driver, exchanged his R5 for a Peugeot 208 Maxi Rally to win the recent Rallye Terra da Auga, third round of the Spanish gravel championship and the only round in Galicia.

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Run concurrently with the APRC National Capital Rally was the third venue in the Australian championship, in which Canberra resident, Harry Bates, won both days’ events in his old Toyota Corolla S2000.

Bates leads the national series ahead of Molly Taylor and Nathan Quinn.

Eli Evans made the debut of a Mini Cooper modified under AP4 rules, and showed a competitive pace, but missed stages with steering failure.

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Geronimo Padilla won the Argentine championship Rally of the Roads of Oil and Dinosoars, based at Neuquen.

Padilla’s Peugeot 208MR won after near-catastrophic problems for the Tango team Chevrolet Agile cars, which suffered troubles with their 1.6 turbo engines.

Ligato, Preto and Nalbandian all withdrew before the event, but last year’s winner Cancio had a new engine fitted and finished second overall.

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The Dutch championship ELE Rally was won by the Mitsubishi Lancer X of Jasper van de Heuvel, who finished 0.3 seconds in front of the much older Evo IV of Piet van Hoof.

- Martin Holmes

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