Carnforth teenager Arron Newby cemented his growing reputation as one of the country’s brightest prospects with a class victory and top-five finish at the Manx National Rally.
The 19-year-old, along with local Kirk Michael co-driver Rob Fagg won the 2014 Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship class at the weekend and in doing so, claimed a superb fifth place overall in the REIS MSA Asphalt Rally Championship event.
The reigning Manx Rally Champions continued their title defence and were up against some of the country’s leading drivers but their event didn’t get off to the best of starts.
Friday evening saw the TEG Sport Subaru pair not only have to cope with the ever changing conditions, but a time consuming stall relegated them down the order on the opening stage.
The TEG Sport team checked the car over and soon Newby was back in the groove to arrive back at the Douglas overnight halt in a brilliant seventh overall despite the treacherous conditions and the best quality field assembled in many years.
Saturday dawned in similar fashion and with tyre choice again a lottery, Newby showed his maturity by holding station on the opening couple of stages before pushing on as the rally progressed.
He attacked the final few stages, setting third fastest overall on the penultimate test and courtesy of another top six time on the final run down the Baldwins stage, he arrived back at the finish in fifth.
The result cemented their place at the head of the 2014 Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship with maximum points going into round three, the Dave Corris Autos Forest Stages on July 19.
Newby said: “Nerves got the better of me on Friday night and with a stall on SS1 I was on the back foot from the start.
“It was a difficult rally as I wanted to show my pace amongst the big guns but at the same time I had a championship to think about so a finish was a priority.
“I’m over moon to get my second maximum points score as it’s been a real tricky event with the typical Manx weather.”