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Norway’s Ole Christian Veiby has won the APRC National Capital Rally, running away with the win after a commanding performance on Sunday’s stages. Ole Christian VeibyIntermittent rain made conditions unpredictable for crews on the day’s five stages held south-west of Canberra. Veiby won the three morning stages to add to his overnight lead, and maintained the advantage over the remainder of leg two. The 20-year-old Skoda driver took his, and co-driver Stig Rune Skjarmoen’s first Asia-Pacific Rally Championship win. Along with the event win, they also took home the FIA Pacific Cup. Veiby’s teammate, Gaurav Gill, took second place for the weekend, ending his streak of seven consecutive APRC victories, but he remains well in contention for his third APRC title. Jari Ketomaa won the two afternoon stages in his Mitsubishi Mirage AP4 to take the final podium place, improving on his troublesome event in Whangarei. Robert Blomberg, Ketomaa’s MPart teammate, finished the event in fourth. The Mirage showed improved speed in the hands of the Scandinavians, particularly in the afternoon loops where Ketomaa took three stage wins across the weekend. Despite troubles over the two days, Brad Markovic finished in fifth place, and first Australian in the APRC field, followed by Andrew Penny. PG Abhilash, Peter Dunn, Fuyuhiko Takahashi and John O’Dowd rounded out the top ten. The Asia-Pacific Rally Championship will soon head to Malaysia in August for round three of the championship. View our Nat Cap Rally photos HERE. - Luke Whitten
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