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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally

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REPORT: RALLY OF ARGENTINA - WRC 5 On the next event, all championship drivers must compete so the Skoda drivers meet for the first time. Tidemand won the category by over 10 minutes from Juan Alonso. The sole Fiesta driver, Pedro Heller, did not finish. There was one WRC Trophy starter, but Valeriy Gorban did not finish. Hyundai’s win had shaved M-Sport’s lead in the Manufacturers’ series by two points, to 22, with the gap over Toyota in third place increased. With both Citroen cars not finishing this event, the team were now 26 points adrift at the foot of the Manufacturer standings. Ogier’s lead in the Drivers series was now 16 points, still ahead of Latvala, but with Neuville now just two points behind in third, with all three M-Sport drivers now in the top six. With none of the other leading drivers in WRC2 present, Tidemand’s third win in the category sees him lead the series by 25 points. This may have been the smallest full worlld championship rally in history, but it was one of the most eventful. It was just a pity that events in places as enticing as Mexico, Argentina and Australia do not attract the entries they deserve … but that’s another story Craig Breen Mads Ostberg Pontus Tidemand 2017 Rally of Argentina - WRC round 5 1. Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC 3:38:10.6 2. Elfyn Evans/Daniel Barritt Ford Fiesta WRC +0.7 3. Ott Tänak/Martin Jarveoja (Ford Fiesta WRC +29.9 4. Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia Ford Fiesta WRC +1:24.7 5. Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila Toyota Yaris WRC +1:48.1 6. Hayden Paddon/John Kennard Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +7:42.7 7. Juho Hänninen/Kaj Lindstrom Toyota Yaris WRC +11:16.9 8. Dani Sordo/Marc Martí Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC +14:44.1 9. Mads Østberg/Ola Floene Ford Fiesta WRC +15:11.3 10. Pontus Tidemand/Jonas Andersson Škoda Fabia R5 +17:32.1 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers’ standings (after Rd 5): 1. Sébastien Ogier 102, 2. Jari-Matti Latvala 86, 3. Thierry Neuville 84, 4. Ott Tänak 66, 5. Dani Sordo 51, 6. Elfyn Evans 42, 7. Craig Breen 33, 8. Hayden Paddon 33, 9. Kris Meeke 27, 10. Juho Hänninen 15. FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers’ standings (after Rd 5): 1. M-Sport World Rally Team 162, 2. Hyundai Motorsport 140, 3. Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC 99, 4. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team 71 42 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

REPORT: MITTA MOUNTAIN RALLY - VRC 2 Raymo takes Mitta victory Glen Raymond and Kate Catford took the win at Mitta. Story: CRAIG O’BRIEN Photos: IVAN GLAVAS Glen Raymond and Kate Catford (Subaru WRX) scored their first round win together in the Focus on Furniture Victorian Rally Championship at the Mitta Mountain Rally on May 6. Featuring tight and twisty technical roads with an elevation change up to 1400m, the rally consisted of five nonrepeated stages, using some of the 2016 route in reverse, plus the inclusion of a new shire road stage. With its close proximity to NSW, a handful made the trip across the border to mix it with the local crews, including Andrew Travis from Bathurst in his 2016 Classic Outback Trial winning Gazelle. As the fog began to lift, the Mitsubishi Lancer of Warren Lee and David Lethlean set the early pace on the opening 14.5km stage to be seven seconds clear of Raymond/Catford, who in turn were seven seconds clear of husband and wife duo, Ben and Cathy Hayes (Subaru). Things quickly changed in the following stages, first on the 30km SS2 when not one, but two punctures hampered Lee/Lethlean, dropping almost five minutes as they struggled through the final 15km. Raymond/ Catford subsequently inherited the rally lead as crews returned for the first service break. The new shire road stage bit hard when Stephen Raymond and Luke Simpson rolled their Subaru beyond recognition, but testament to the strict safety standards, both crew walked away, albeit sore and shaken. On SS4, Raymond/Catford put the hammer down to win the stage by 26 seconds and extend their overall lead to just under a minute ahead of the Hayes pair, with only the 53km Bogong stage to go. Lee/Lethlean’s disastrous day ended just metres from the flying finish on SS4 when they ended up off the road. The Hayes’ made a charge on Bogong, pulling back a remarkable 33 seconds to complete the championship’s longest and toughest stage in 44 minutes to win Ben Hayes in the ex- Windus Subaru WRX. the heat, but Raymond/Catford played the numbers game and secured the overall victory. Behind them an almighty battle was playing out with a few 4WD and 2WD crews in contention for the final podium position heading into SS5. It initially appeared Lindsay Wright/ Kate Meyer had done enough to ensure a Subaru trifecta, but a one minute penalty cost them dearly, elevating Travis/Topliff to an excellent third, to go with their trophy as first 2WD. Meanwhile, in the battle for 2WD, early leader Luke Sytema/Adam Wright (Escort) encountered tyre dramas, but The Newtons finished third 2WD in their Honda Civic. held on to finish second in class, with father and son combination, Brian and Zac Newton, finishing a remarkable ninth outright and third in 2WD in the little Honda Civic. It was a day to forget for 2WD heavy hitters, Grant Walker/Steph Richards and Alan Friend/Michelle Canning, both retiring on the final stage. In the OurAuto Rally Series for Hyundai Excels, Brendan Hood and Dylan Braithwaite set up their rally win with a stunning time on the opening stage, mixing times with more powerful two-wheel drive competition. MAY 2017 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 43

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