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18-year old Bolivian Skoda driver, Marco Bulacia (above), won the Rally Santa Cruz de la Sierra in his country’s FIA FIA Codasur championship rally, winning all but three stages on the event. He finished well over a minute in front of Paraguayan Gustavo Saba’s Polo GTI R5. With one event still to run (the Atlantico Rally in Uruguay), Diego Dominquez heads a Paraguayan drivers’ 1-2-3 domination in the Codasur series. = = = = Italian Skoda R5 driver Fabio Andolfi (above right) crashed heavily on the penultimate stage in Germany. 42-year old co-driving veteran, Simone Scattolin (above left), suffered one broken rib and his pelvis was fractured in three parts. In Turkey, Andolfi will compete with Emanueli Inglesi. = = = = Hyundai WRC driver Dani Sordo has been competing as a guest driver in the Argentina championship Neuquen Rally in a borrowed i20 R5 in the south central area of the country. The barren region was the scene of Argentina’s world championship round in 1983, which saw some insanely fast stages, the fastest stage being covered by Stig Blomqvist’s Audi Quattro at 189kph average. = = = =

Hannu Mikkola’s Toyota Celica 2000GT on a private Nant y Moch stage on the Castrol 75 Rally in 1976, due now to feature on the Bay Rally in Wales. Photo: Martin Holmes

Next weekend sees an exciting novelty in the form of the Cardigan Bay Rally in Central Wales, the first time that the recent British legislation has allowed public roads in Wales to be closed for motorsport purposes. There is a loop of four asphalt stages each tackled twice on this one-day event, held inland from the coastal town of Aberystwyth. There are 71km of stages in all, run on roads which were popular 40 years ago on national open road night events, and more recently as liaison sections on forest rallies. Entries close at a maximum of 120 cars. Scrutineering takes place at Aberystwyth Bandstand on the Saturday, the event starting from the town’s National Library at 09h30 Sunday. = = = = There are two major withdrawals from the entry list for Rally Turkey Marmaris. M-Sport driver Elfyn Evans is to miss his third successive WRC event because of the injury on Rally Estonia in July, and the entry has been cancelled. He hopes to be fit for Wales Rally GB in October, the following round of the 2019 WRC. Also, the WRC2 amateur leader, Nikolay Gryazin, will be missing in Turkey as his old Skoda Fabia R5 was too badly damaged during Barum Czech Rally Zlin and his new Fabia Evo is not yet tested. The entry for the international event is now less than 30.
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