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Victory in last weekend’s Argentine championship Rally Villa Dolores came for the world’s most southernly rally driver, non championship competitor Luciano Preto from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, with a Peugeot 208 MR turbo.   

Luciano Preto won the Rally Villa Dolores in a Peugeot 208.Two events remain in the series. Marcos Ligato leads with 332 points ahead of Federico Villagra 275 and Cancio 241

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David Higgins won he final round of the Rally Amtica series, the Lake Superior  Performance Rally based at Houghton, Michigan.  Second was Subaru teammate, the famous stuntman Travis Pastrana.  

Best two wheel drive was the 25 year old Porsche of Ramana Lagemann

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Three seconds separted the top three cars at the end of Rally Due Valli at Verona, final round of Italy’s premier rally series, the CIR.  

The event winner was Paolo Andreucci, but the Campionato Italiano Rally 2016 was won by Giandomenico Basso in a Ford Fiesta R5, beating Andreucci (Peugeot 208 T16) and Umberto Scandola (Skoda Fabia R5).

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Craig Breen made a typically intriguing comment before Cataluna.  He said it is easier to become an astronaut than a top rally driver.  

“When you are in school some kids want to be fireman, some people want to be electricians, and you have the dreamers who want to be astronauts.  

“I don’t know how many astronauts there are in the world, but there’s 15 places at the pinnacle of this sport.   I dreamed of being in one of those places and I have now got one,” he said.

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Jon Armstrong from Northern Ireland won the remaining series R5 prize drive when he walked away with the Drive DMack Fiest Trophy category at Rally Catalunya.

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FontesJose Fontes won the Rali Casino Espinho.Jose Pedro Fontes won the Rali Casino Espinho in a Citroen DS3 R5 and became national Portuguese rally champion for the second time.

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The reputation of the impressive German VW team was dented when it was found Andreas Mikkelsen’s car had been fitted with different registration plates front and back, by mistake!  Not a serious crime…

- Martin Holmes

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