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British Rally Championship
Elfyn Evans maintained his lead in the MSA British Rally Championship with a giant-killing second place in the Fiesta R2 he shares with co-driver Phil Pugh in round five of the season. The asphalt-based Todds Leap International Rally in Northern Ireland was held over 14 rain-plagued stages, characterised by unpredictable conditions that made set-up and tyre choice extremely difficult. Their fifth R2 class victory in as many events secured the Welsh duo the R2 title with one round remaining, the International Rally of Yorkshire on 28 – 29 September. Evans and Pugh also finished ahead of all except one of the more powerful R3 category entries.
Evans and Pugh’s fifth consecutive Fiesta SportTrophy triumph on the same event secured the pair the championship laurels. They finished the rally almost three minutes ahead of Matthew Cathcart and James Morgan. After losing more than 20 minutes with a mistake on the opening day, Ruary MacLeod / Paul Beaton produced a determined charge to fight back to third. In the Fiesta SportChallenge double-header, a flawless performance by Jon Armstrong and Martin Brady earned the duo convincing victories on both days in their Ford Fiesta ST. Championship leader Tony Simpson and co-driver Jamie Edwards finished second on the opening day ahead of Adam Taylor / Joe Cruttenden, with the positions reversed on day two.
Finnish Rally Championship
Former Finnish junior rally champion Andreas Amberg and co-driver Matti Heikkinen sped to their second consecutive Fiesta SportTrophy Finland victory in the Merikarvia Rally in their Ford Fiesta R2. In so doing, they also won their class in the Finnish Rally Championship. Henri Tuomisto / Tommi Alkula took the runner-up FST laurels in their Fiesta R1, and fifth in the Finnish Championship R2 category, with Nil Solans / Miguel Ibanez completing the FST podium in a Fiesta R2.
Ford World Rally Team star Petter Solberg thrilled fans in his Fiesta RS WRC at Rallyday at Castle Combe in the UK. Making his first appearance at the annual show, the 2003 FIA World Rally Champion took several lucky passengers for the ride of their life before performing ‘donuts’ for the appreciative crowd and presiding over the end-of-day prizegiving.
European Rallycross Championship
Tanner Foust returned to the FIA European Rallycross Championship podium with second at the Duivelsberg circuit in north-east Belgium. It was the Rockstar Energy Drink driver’s fourth rostrum from five starts. Foust set the pace in qualifying and battled through his heat races to secure a front row starting spot for the final. The three-time X Games gold medallist overcame a chaotic opening lap that saw him forced onto the dirt on the outside of the track to fight back to clinch the runner-up spoils. Sixth in the following round at
- Julien Maurin and co-driver Nicolas Klinger triumphed in the Rallye Régional de Chartreuse in France behind the wheel of their Ford Fiesta S2000.
- Nigel Mummery and Fiona Scarrett won the Bickerton Centenary Stages in England in their Ford Focus RS WRC.
- Frank Kelly and co-driver Russell Harold led a Ford Escort Mk2I one-two in the Ulster National Rally, round eight of the MSA Northern Ireland Rally Championship, ahead of Camillus Bradley / Crawford Henderson.