More weekend rally news - March 20

Written by Martin Holmes on .

Fiesta R5 driver Simone Campedelli won the Italian championship Ciocco Rally last weekend.  

PARCO CHIUSO AL CIOCCOThe hills of Ciocco by night, with the Ciocco Rally cars in the foreground.The leader, Paolo Andrecci, retired his Peugeot 208 T16 with engine trouble and Skoda driver, Umberto Scandola, retired with differential trouble.  

Fabrizio Andolfi’s Abarth 124 was eighth overall, best two-wheel drive car, while Toyota trainee driver Hirocki Arai’s Fiesta was fifth, behind four Peugeot 208 R2s in R2, but his teammate, Takamoto Katsuta, retired with a double puncture.

16-year old Kalle Rovanpera retired after impacting the rear suspension.  

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Cedric Cherain won the Belgian championship Spa Rally in a Citroen DS3 RRC.  Kevin Abbring (Peugeot) punctured, Kris Princen (Skoda) went off the road, and Hyundai trainee driver, Chewon Lim, lost a wheel.

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Sebastien Loeb is back again.  He drove an old Peugeot 306 Maxi (nearly 20 years old!) to victory on the regional Haute Provence Rally, beating the local driver Eric Fanguiaire’s Fiesta WRC by over a half minute!

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Toyota Corolla S2000 driver Harry Bates came away from the Australian championship Eureka Rally with a two point advantage over Mitsubishi driver Nathan Quinn.  

Harry’s brother, Lewis, had a devastating retirement when his Production class Corolla was destroyed by fire.

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The Rally America championship Rally in the 100 Acre Wood (Missouri) was won by the Mitsubishi Mirage of Arkadiusz Gruszka.  The two-wheel drive category was won by Seamus Burke in a 1977 Escort Mark II.

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Chevrolet Agile MR driver, Marcos Ligato, beat his long time rival Federico Villagra (Ford Fiesta MR) by over two minutes on the Rally Tafi del Valle in Northern Argentina, near Tucuman.

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The Focus WRC of Donagh Kelly won the West Cork Rally, beating the Fiesta WRC of Josh Moffett.  Alastair Fisher (Fiesta R5) finished third, strengthening his lead in the Irish Clonakilty Blackpudding Tarmac Championship.
 
- Martin Holmes