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The post-rally exclusion of the top two N5 cars at the end of the opening round of the 2018 Spanish asphalt rally championship has led to the withdrawal of the strong RMC team. RMC have withdrawn from both the asphalt and the gravel national series, and the N5 championship Cup, which the team had inaugurated. The special Spanish N5 formula is intended to provide budget-friendly four-wheel drive rally cars. Stress originated when news that RMC’s plans to import Argentine built Maxi Rally Cars into Spain was discovered by RFEdA, the Spanish federation, who opposed the idea and which led to the latest crisis. The Spanish gravel championship admits free formula rally cars, but the asphalt series only admits those specific type of car recognised by the federation. Four N5 cars took part on the Rali do Cocido, two Renault Clios, one Fiesta and one VW Polo. Alvaro Muniz’s Fiesta N5 had finished third overall and both he and Adrian Diaz’s Renault Clio finished ahead of all the other competitors, except for Ares’ winning Hyundai R5 and the Fiesta R5 of Fuster. The other two N5 cars retired. Four years ago, RMC threatened to withdraw over a dispute regarding the permitted specification of Porsche cars allowed to compete in the asphalt series.
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