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Young fourth and first Group N in muddy Malaysia

Kiwi rally driver Mike Young has finished a credible fourth at the International Rally of Johor in Malaysia.

Norwegian Ole Christian Veiby extended his lead in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship with victory while title rival and Skoda teammate Gaurav Gill finished second.

Young was fourth overall behind WRC regular Jari Ketomaa and first in Group N.

"Third time lucky - we have had some bad luck here in the past," a content Young said afterwards.

"It was good to come here and finish. We had a good time today.

"We are really looking forward to Hokkaido now."

It was Young's first major drive in nine months and one of his best results in the Asia Pacific Rally Championship.

He will contest the next round of the APRC - the Rally of Hokkaido - next month in his Cusco-backed Subaru.

This article written by Dale Budge of the NZ Herald, reviewing the APRC Rally of Johor, Malaysia.