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What happened in WRC2 at Rally Australia?

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Sam Tickell was at Rally Australia over the weekend working with the organisers. He caught some action for RacerViews over the weekend too. Here is the WRC2 class.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah scored an easy win at Rally Australia.  The Qatari driver made no major errors through the weekend and took his third WRC2 win of the year

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Yazeed Al-Rajhi had been running strongly before a mechanical failure put him out early on the final day

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Lorenzo Bertelli protected his championship lead with a fourth place.  His rally was solid but was some three minutes of the WRC2 lead

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It was heartbreak for Jourdan Serderidis.  He ran a strong rally but one mistake over a jump with 500m left on the final stage put him out.  He was able to make the flying finish but never made the stop point.  So after completing every competitive kilometre, he was not classified as a finisher.

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Indonesia’s Subhan Aska made the start of this this year’s rally.  After coming to Australia in 2013 his car didn’t make it past shakedown.  This year he started and finished – fifth in class

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Max Rendina took out the Production trophy, but was the only car eligible for points.  He had a solid rally with some mechanical issues throughout which put him well off the pace of the WRC2 cars

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It was a fraught rally for the DMack cars.  It all came to a head on the Saturday night Super Special when Jari Ketomaa rolled on the first run through.  Teammate Ott Tanak was next through and both had their runs ruined.  The stewards made a call to let them both have two full runs through – as each car was doing the stage twice.  Tanak then had an alternator belt fail on his third run through – a run he only had to do due to his teammate’s mistake!  Ketomaa was very lucky not to get a time penalty and would go onto finish second in class.  Tanak would get going again but would roll heavily on the second-last stage.  He would be checked out in hospital but was ok.

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By Sam Tickell,  September 2014

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