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Twenty years after he last won the Belgian Rally Championship, Kris Princen (pictured above) has won the title again! He won the penultimate round of the series, the East Belgian Rally, outright. His last remaining rival, Vincent Verschueren, finished fourth. The event was centred around St Vith in the German speaking part of the country. = = = = Czech driver Jaroslav Orsak (Fiesta R5) won the Austrian championship Niederösterreich Rallye, 5.3 seconds ahead of veteran Raimund Baumschlager, who was making his first fully competitive appearance after his accident earlier in the year. = = = = Diego Dominguez (above) has won the 45th Petrobras Transchaco Rally in a Hyundai i20 R5, ahead of the Skoda Fabia R5 of Gustavo Saba. After the insanely fast stages on the first full day, the stages on the second and final days were more sandy and slower. = = = = Excitement towards the end of the German championship Erzgebirge Rally when the leader Marijan Griebel (Peugeot 208 T16 R5) was delayed by a puncture and Dominik Dinkel’s Skoda Fabia R5 took the lead. On the final stage Dinkel had a broken driveshaft and Griebel won the rally. It was Griebel’s third win of the season in a row and he leads the German Rally Championship before the final round, the 3 Cities Rally. = = = = Russian driver Nikolay Gryazin beat all the Finns (including current champion Eerik Pietarinen) on their home ground and won the Turku based TeijoTalot Ralli. Top Finn was Emil Lindholm. Skoda Fabia R5 cars took the top five places. = = = = Citroen C3 R5 driver Yoann Bonato won the Vendome based French championship Rallye Coeur de France for the second year running. Two more championship rallies remain, the Criterium Cevennes and the Rallye du Var. = = = = Roy White‘s Fiesta R5 WRC won the Cork 20 in the Irish Republic. The top eligible Irish Tarmac championship driver was Daniel Cronin, brother of the outgoing British champion Keith Cronin. The two Moffett brothers Josh (65 points) and Sam (57) head the series. = = = = Veteran Argentine Fiesta Maxi Rally driver, Federico Villagra, won the previous weekend’s Toledo Rally, a new event to the national series, based south-east of Cordoba. He holds a 24 point lead in the series over Chevrolet Agile MR driver Alejandro Cancio.
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