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Loeb ends win drought on Rally Australia

Following his success in Finland last month, when he took the J-WRC title, Prokop was in a confident mood and despite losing time on Friday, when he hit a rock and dropped down to fifth, he battled back. He eventually ended the event 42.2 seconds up on Richard Mason, while Cody Crocker took third.

Armindo Araujo was fourth in the P-WRC, inheriting the place late on when Toshi Arai retired with gearbox problems halfway through the final stage. Araujo now provisionally takes the 2009 P-WRC title, subject to the outcome of an appeal lodged by the Barwa Rally Team against Nasser Al-Attiyah's exclusion from the results of the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

Stewart Taylor and Gianluca Linari were the only other P-WRC runners to be classified, coming home in fifth and sixth.

In terms of retirements, Conrad Rautenbach and Khalid Al Qassimi both had issues and had to SupeRally. Al Qassimi was eventually classified in 19th having had to stop on Friday when he hit a rock and broke his steering in SS7. Rautenbach crashed out on day two and while he did re-join the fold today and completed the last stage in 17th, he was unable to make it back to the final service after damaging the radiator on his Citroen C4 WRC in SS34.

The World Rally Championship now returns to Europe next month for the penultimate round in the 2009 series. The Rally de Espana, which runs from October 1-4, is an all-asphalt affair and it will be the first tarmac rally since the season opening, Rally Ireland, which took place back in February.




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