2004 British Rally champion David Higgins took his seventh consecutive win in the Chinese Rally Championship when he won the Mohe Rally last weekend.

Higgins and co-driver Ieuan Thomas won both legs of the event in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 to take another dominant victory for the WY rally team, on a gravel rally which was so fast it was actually stopped.

"The rally was stopped early because we were hitting speeds of 100mph," the Crash.net columnist explained. "It caught the organisers by surprise. It's rare for that to happen in China as the stages are usually very twisty."

The Manxman won every stage of the event except for the opening one, which was his first on gravel since the Pirelli International Rally in April.

"Doing such a fast gravel rally has been a huge bonus ahead of going to the Trackrod [the next round in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship] in a few weeks time," David added.

However competing on the Trackrod will mean Higgins will miss the third round of the Chinese series, the Changbaishan Rally, which takes place on the same weekend. A replacement driver has not yet been named.

"The WY team will get someone else to drive for them on the event we are missing, but we don't know who yet," Higgins explained.

"With us having won the opening two rounds of this year's season for them, they need to find a good replacement to keep their points scoring up on the Changbaishan. We would love to be there, but we have to make the BRC our priority."

Higgins and Thomas will now switch back to their TQ.com Subaru Impreza N14 for the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, which takes place on September 27 and is the penultimate event in this year's BRC.


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