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Martin Holmes takes us through the weekend's rally news from overseas. = = = = Skoda Fabia R5 driver, Fabian Kreim, retained his German Rally Championship title by finishing second overall at the Three Cities Rally. Winner was Dominik Dinkel, also in a Skoda, while Hermann Gassner jr. (Hyundai) kept third place by just 1.8 seconds from Marijan Griebel (Peugeot). One week earlier, Hungarian Skoda driver Norbert Herczig won the Mecsek Rally and won his national title.

Fabian Kreim, Skoda Fabia R5

= = = = Skoda Fabia R5 driver, Manvir Baryan, won the FIA’s regional 2017 African Rally Championship title at the Gomes-Pembe Zambia Rally. The rally, a big single venue event based at the Zambezi Ranching and Cropping site, situated in the Chisamba farming belt about 50km north of Lusaka. Baryan started the event exactly 25 points ahead of Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX driver, Leroy Gomes, needing only a single point to take the title. = = = = Last weekend’s Canadian national Pacific Forest Rally in Canada was based at Merritt, British Columbia and won by Antoine L’Estage in one of the eight Subarus to finish in the top ten. The same weekend, Rally Argentino Malargue, based in the Mendoza Province, was dominated by the reigning champion, Marcos Ligato, whose Chevrolet Agile MR headed the Fiesta MR of Federico Villagra by over a minute, his fourth victory of the year. Ligato is now 39 points in front of Geronimo Padilla with two events in the series to go. These will be run in Entre Rios and then the Cordoba region on the same weekend. = = = = Hyundai i20 R5 driver, Ivan Ares, won the Spanish asphalt rally championship this weekend at the Santander Cantanbria Rally. He beat the Fabia R5 of Pedro Burgo, and the Suzuki Swift of Joan Vinyes. = = = = A tenth national title in the Italian CIR championship was achieved by Peugeot driver, Paolo Andreucci, at the final round, the Rally Due Valli. In second place in the championship was Umberto Scandola, who inherited this position when Simone Campedelli was given a five minute penalty after the finish of the rally.

Paolo Andreucci & Anna Andreussi

= = = = Kris Meeke has done it again! Competing in a borrowed Citroen Xsara WRC at the WRC section of Rally Legend, he had to stop after going off the road. He had been in the lead by over two minutes. Jimmy McRae, father of Colin and Alister, had to withdraw his private entry. = = = = Latest WRGB news: There is no news about the entry for Henning Solberg, except it seems it cannot be in a 2017 version Fiesta WRC in which he was entered. It has also been confirmed this will be the final Toyota appearance together for Juho Hanninen and Kaj Lindstrom. Kaj is to take up the work of Team Director.
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