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Former world champion Petter Solberg was outright winner in the Swedish Historic Rally. Driving an Escort Mark II and co-driven by his wife Pernilla, he finished over a minute ahead of former Swedish Rally winner, Mats Jonsson, driving a Mazda 323 4WD. Meanwhile, 17-year old Oliver Solberg, son of Petter and Pernilla, has announced he is to rally a Subaru WRX STI in six American Rally Association events in the USA, starting with the 100 Acre Wood Rally in Missouri in middle March. He will be teammate to British driver David Higgins. = = = = Skoda has confirmed they will present their second generation Fabia R5 at the Geneva Motorshow (7-17 March). This car will feature improved power, better engine response and externally has a new headlight design. Up to the end of 2018, 252 Fabia R5s had been sold. = = = = Skoda cars took the top three places on the OK Auto Ralli, second round of the Finnsh national championship. Teemu Asunmaa headed Juha Salo and Kristian Kiviniemi. Fiesta driver Jari Ketomaa was fourth. = = = = More news from Swden: Volkswagen Polo GTI R5 cars took the top three places in WRC2 Amateur ... M-Sport scored more fastest stage times than either Hyundai or Citroen, but ended up with fewer championship points … Jari Huttunen’s scratch time on the first long Torsby stage was the first in a WRC event for an R5 car since Jan Kopecky won the opening Saarbrucken stage in 2017 Deutschland Rally. = = = = Scottish driver Euan Thorburn won the supporting national category Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally in a Focus RS WRC, ahead of Charles Payne’s Fiesta RS WRC.
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