The Japanese Rally Championship returned to the Tsumagoi region in Gunma prefecture for their fifth round, and outright winner in this area again was veteran driver Toshi Arai (Subaru). Rally Montre also counted as a round of Japan’s Super Rally series and was a round of the FIA’s Asia Cup, as well as a qualifying event for eligibility to enter the single-event APRC China Rally later in the year. Winner of this subsidiary event was another Subaru veteran, Shigeyuki Konishi, top Asia Cup finisher was second placed Cusco Citroen DS3 driver Suguru Kawana. Second was Atsushi Masumara’s Mitsubishi Lancer and third, after suffering suspension damage from the poor quality special stages, was Mike Young’s Cusco Yaris special. After two stages were cancelled and another two shortened, the remaining competitive distance of this two-day event was only 84km, surely the shortest ever important FIA Cup or Championship? = = = = Citroen C3 R5 driver, Pepe Lopez, won Rallye de Ourense in Coruna, fourth round of the Spanish rally Super championship, after firstly Xevi Pons went off the road (above) and then Hyundai R5 driver, Ivan Ares, stopped with fuel pump failure. = = = = Subaru America scored their second 1-2 result of the season when David Higgins beat teammate Travis Pastrana at the recent Oregon Trail Rally, the fourth round of the American Rally Association series based at Portland. Higgins punctured on the first day, letting Pastrana take the lead and Pastrana spun during day two. Olympus Rally winner, Oliver Solberg, was absent from this event, but is expected to rejoin the Subaru team on the fifth ARA round in Idaho. Subaru cars won three of the classes at Oregon Trail.
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