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Peter Gazzard and Jeff Beaumont have held on to win 4th round of the Alphera Dutton Rally Series, held in Victoria over the weekend.

In one of the tightest battles and the closest finish ever in the history of the event, the Victorians thought that their rally was over when their Mitsubishi EVO IX was penalised in the last two stages for changing tyres, earning them a 5 second penalty per stage, which drastically shortened the margin.

Series champions and 05 winners Notaras and Arthur were second in their Mitusbishi EVO VIII, closely followed by 2004 winners Ernie and Andrew Fuller in an EVO III.

Over 90 cars lined up for the popular round of the four-state series, which began in Shepparton on Friday. Competitors faced driving tests at the DECA training ground, Shepparton Airport, Winton Motor Raceway and Sandown International Raceway.

Saturday night was a highlight for spectators, with the very popular 'SPC night time motorkhana', held in the SPC employees car park in the heart of Shepparton.

Series Director Anthony Moss said the weekend was a complete success, which has had different team winners for each of the four rounds, which definitely made things very competitive. "It has been an amazing year, and the quality of driving has been unprecedented" Moss said. "We are now setting our sights on our new event- Race to the Pie, which will be held in Sydney in December, which is set to be a sell-out".

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