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Kevin Cronin (right) is congratulated by Fredrik Ahlin.

Final scores for the MSA British Rally Championship showed that Fredrik Ahlin lost the championship decided by one point on the final stage of the final round. The title went in favour of Keith Cronin when Cronin snatched first place from Matt Edwards by 0.1 seconds. = = = = Iván Ares won the Rally Princess of Asturias City of Oviedo for the second time running, after his Spanish championship rival, Cristian García, went off the road. = = = = Skoda Fabia R5 driver Hermen Kobus finished third on the Hellendoorn Rally and clinched the title in the Open Dutch Rally Championship. = = = = An appearance for a 2017 World Rally Car in a non WRC event is due on September 23 at the Norwegian championship Rally Hedemarken, when Mads Ostberg is to give his under-used Fiesta WRC a competitive outing. = = = = Craig Breen has been given compensation for missing the Catalunya Rally by an entry of the Portuguese championship Rali Mortagua (22-23 Sept), replacing the convalescing Citroen driver Jose Pedro Fontes. = = = =

Harry Bates' new Toyota Yaris AP4 was hampered by teething problems. Photo: Peter Whitten

Subaru driver Molly Taylor has taken the lead in the Australian Rally Championship after finishing second on both heats of the Lightforce South Australian Rally. Nathan Quinn won both heats in a Lancer Evo 9. It was an unhappy weekend for Harry Bates’ new Toyota Yaris AP4 car, stopping on both days with the same as yet undefined electrical problem. Over in Japan, Mike Young’s Cusco team equivalent Vitz stopped on both days as well. = = =
Another new Finnish talent? 21 year old Miika Hokkanen clinched the Motorcraft Fiesta Sport Trophy ST series on the penultimate round, the recent Uusikaupunki Rally.
= = = = The design for Wales Rally GB’s imaginative TIR Prince super special has been released, which is to open the event, in which the course passes across itself and then proceeds back down the route in the opposite direction. Let’s hope only one car is on the stage at a time and that the late runners do not have to wait too long before retiring for the night, before the 07h00 restart in the morning ... = = = = More bad luck for New Zealander Hayden Paddon. The Hyundai WRC team driver drove his special 600bhp i20 "AP4++" at the traditional South Island Ashley Forest Rallysprint, but his engine blew up. The event was won by Sloan Cox in a Mitsubishi Lancer in a new record time.

Hayden Paddon blew the engine on his i20 "AP4++" at the Ashley Forest Rallysprint. Photo: Geoff Ridder

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