The overall event of this year’s Rally Indonesia was won by former WRC driver Subhan Aksa’s Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
As the second round of the Asia Cup and fourth round of the FIA’s Asia Cup series – an eligibility qualifier for the APRC regional championship - Indonesia drivers took the first three places.
Rihan Variza’s Mazda 2 was first, ahead of Priamanaya Djan’s Evo X and Aldrian Suwardi’s Evo IX.
In fourth and the final finisher, after missing stages on the first day, was Fabio Frisiero’s Peugeot 208.
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After winning every stage, Sebastien Loeb won the Alba Rally at Cuneo, a round of the Italian World Rally Car championship series, his second win in a Hyundai.
Second was Stephane Sarrazin in a Hyundai R5.
Conditions were very mixed. After early problems, Ole Christian Veiby fought back to finish ninth in another Hyundai R5.
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Despite ill health due to high temperatures, Norihiko Katsuta won the two-day Japanese Rally Yokote in his Subaru after the similar car of Hiroki Arai stopped with engine trouble.
Second was the Subaru of Toshi Arai, ahead of Mitsubishi driver Fumio Nutaharu.
The rally was held in the northern end of mainland Japan.
In the supporting Japan Super Rally Series, the winner was New Zealander Mike Young in the special Cusco team Toyota Yaris 4WD.
Of the five cars in this category, only two finished.
New Zealander Mike Young. Photo: via Rally Plus
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Former Citroen WRC driver Stéphane Lefebvre returns to the sport in Rallye Deutschland at the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, with his new co-driver Thomas Dubois.
It was a serious accident on this event in 2016 which effectively ended Stephane’s career as a competitive WRC driver.
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Volkswagen Motorsport intend their next promotional challenge with their all-electric IN.R is to be the remarkable twisty Tianmen Shan Big Gate hillclimb road in west central China.
The road climbs 1300 metres through 99 corners. No date has been set.
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