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Welsh drivers took the top three places on the non-championship Cardigan Bay Rally, the first ever closed public road rally in Wales. After being slowed by brake problems at the start of the event, favourite Tom Cave was unable to challenge his fellow Hyundai i20 R5 Osian Pryce, and finished 7.7 seconds behind, but well over two minutes in front of the third placed rear-drive 2.5 litre Escort Mark II of Jason Pritchard. There was a most eclectic entry of cars, but highly visible were purpose built Darrian T90 cars assembled in central Wales, cars little known outside club rallying circles in Wales and Ireland. Initial rally leader was Welshman Meirion Evans who retired his Skoda Fabia R5 off the road on the second stage. This short and a much enjoyed event ran in bright sunny conditions was a landmark in the history of Welsh rallying, using roads which had previously only featured competitively in night navigation events for over well over 50 years. = = = = Karel Carre finally secured a victory in the Canadian championship Defi Rally in Quebec, heading a Subaru 1-2-3. The Mini John Cooper Words WRC of top favourite Joel Levac retired with alternator trouble. = = = = Yohan Rossel scored his fourth successive win in the French asphalt rally championship, finishing ahead of fellow Citroen C3 R5 driver Yoann Bonato and Skoda driver Quentin Gilbert. This was the Rallye Mont-Blanc Morzine, sixth round in the series. The event was held in mixed weather conditions with Volkswagen Polo GTI drivers Nicolas Ciamin and William Wagner retiring after going off the road. Three events remain in the series. = = = = Seastien Bedoret (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo) won the Belgian Omloop van Vlaanderen, beating the Ford Fiesta R5 Mark II of Kevin Demeaershalk and five other Fabia R5s. This was the seventh round of the Belgian series and also the fifth round of the Dutch series, in which the top finisher was Bob de Jong’s Hyundai i20 R5. = = = = Former world championship competitor, Skoda driver Patrik Flodin, clinched his second top Swedish Rally Championship title when he won the East Sweden Rally, 13 years after his previous major title. He finished 4.4 seconds in front of his Volkswagen rival Johan Kristoffersson. Flodin had been absent from regular WRC events for eight years.
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