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Deja vue at Erechim. Last weekend’s Erechim Rally in Brazil, second round of the FIA Codasur series this year, saw a repeat of the results of the first event.

Paraguayan driver Gustavo Saba once again was beaten by his Argentine Skoda team mate Marcos Ligato (pictured right), while again Didier Arias was third.

Fabia R5 cars took the top four places on both events, but this time fourth was Miguel Zaldivar. The event was run in wet and very slippery conditions.

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Third round of the 2017 FIA European Rally Championship is the two day Seajets Acropolis Rally (this weekend, 3-4 June), for which its headquarters town has moved up country to Lamia.

The stages will concentrate entirely on the area south and the south-east of Lamia, which in former times were popular stages in the Word Rally Championship.

For this event and the following back-to-back round in nearby Cyprus, this event does not count for the new double Junior championship.

The entry list is headed by Bruno Magalhaes and Kajetan Kajetanowicz, currently lying first and third in the series, but second place Alexey Lukyanuk will miss the event, recuperating after his test accident in Russia.

An interesting entry is that of Nasser Al Attiyah, the celebrated cross country driver who has a long record of titles including the FIA WRC, the FIA Production Cup (Group N) championship and the FIA Middle East series, making his debut on a round of the FIA’s European series.

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It is reported the basic reason for the withdrawal of China Rallye Zanghye from the APRC was that it as impossible to guarantee reliable transport for the teams from China to the following APRC event in Malaysia.

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Norwegian Frank Tore Larsen won his first foreign rally at the South Swedish Rally, the third round of the Swedish national championship. He finished nearly two minutes ahead of Thomas Thunstrom’s Citroen RS3 R5, while the 14 year old Focus WRC of Michel Wikstrom was third.

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Skoda Fabia R5s scored a 1-2-3 victory on the Tatra Rally, third round of the Slovakian championship. Winner was Polish driver Grzegorz Grzyb, who finish 0.7 seconds ahead of Martin Koci.

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Fabian Kreim won the Sachsen Rally, fourth round of the German championship, in the Skoda national importers’ team’s Fabia R5

- Martin Holmes

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