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Weekend Rally Round-Up – June 3

Volkswagen Motorsport issued a comment concerning the Polo GTI R5’s epidemic of fires:

“We are working flat-out to find the reason why some of our customers cars were hit by fire. We are in close contact to all our customers. The most important thing: All crews are okay!”

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Heard in Portugal: Sordo: “To win the World Championship, you have to have a loose screw!”

Advice from Tanak to Greensmith before the Englishman’s first rally in a World Rally Car: “Once you have your helmet on, you should enjoy yourself and stay as long as possible on the road.”

Kris Meeks lost no time in texting his feelings after his final stage crash: “Definitely not the plan. Pissed off! 😠”

Mads Ostberg on his development work with the Citroen C3 R5: “We have some big challenges to overcome if we want to fight on the rougher rallies like this. The first thing we need to solve is the rims; we need new rims”.

Sebastien Loeb: “There are no plans for any more WRC rallies at the moment. I need some holidays. I should do one more and, for the rest of the season, nothing is planned.”

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Ott Tanak explained his PowerStage tactic after the rally.

“It was a long story. The PowerStage was a long one. At first we were thinking about the strategy a little and we thought that every point would be important at the end of the year.

“We were going to be three ahead of Seb without the PowerStage points. I thought that I should be faster than him. The plan was to collect as many points as possible, but Kris made his mistake and that changed everything.

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“Seb was on the podium and we were the same and now level on points. I knew I needed to be a bit slower to avoid opening the road in Sardinia.

“Then Thierry got in between us and I lost another point.”

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Gustavo Saba won the Rallye Internacional de Erechim in Brazil, third round of the FIA’s Codasur regional championship, in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

Paraguayans took the top four places. Second was Diego Dominguez (Hyundai), followed by Alejandro Galanti (Toyota Etios), and then Augusto Bestard (Fiesta).

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Third round of the Swiss national series was Rallye du Chablais based at Aigle. Winner was Sebastien Carron also in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5.

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Former WRC Group N driver, Patrik Flodin, won the South Swedish Rally, which started with a fierce battle with Johan Kristofferson, before the rallycross driver hit a stone and damaged a wheel. Skoda cars took the top three places.

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The Lone Star Rally Canterbury Rally, third round of the New Zealand national series, based at Christchurch, was won by Ben Hunt’s Subaru WRX, leading Josh Marston’s Holden and Job Quantock’s Skoda AP4 cars. Hunt won all seven stages.

Martin Holmes is widely considered as world rallying's most experienced, and most respected journalist. Martin covers the WRC, ERC and all major rally championships around the world.

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