Rallying: Newby adds his name to list of all-time greats

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in action.
Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in action.

With nine victories to his credit since taking to the wheel of the TEG Sport Subaru Impreza last year, Carnforth’s Arron Newby celebrated his tenth and one of the most important victories of his career with a performance that also clinched the Eurostars Motorsport.com Manx Rally Championship at the weekend.

Arron’s name now joins some of rallying’s elite on that special trophy names such as Roger Clark, Ari Vatanen, Tony Pond, Jimmy McRae and five-times winner Mark Higgins.

Coming into the 2013 PokerStars Rally, the 18-year-old Lancastrian and his Manx co-driver Rob Fagg only needed a top ten result in the Pirelli-sponsored and TEG Sport-prepared Subaru Impreza to clinch the title and the plan was to play it safe and do what was needed.

The event consisted of 120 special stage miles over 16 special stages including legendary locations such as Druidale, Tholt-y-will, Slieauwhallian, Cringle and The Round Table, and despite tricky conditions on Friday and Saturday, Newby decided the best way to win the championship was from the front.

With maturity beyond his years, Newby played it safe by running Pirelli intermediates throughout the event and was never headed meaning he added the PokerStars Rally to the Chris Kelly Memorial Stages and Dave Corris Autos Forest Rally earlier in the season as well as becoming the youngest winner of the Manx International Rally in September.

The result was Newby’s sixth successive victory and confirmed his status as one of Britain’s hottest young talents with a sensational record over the past 18 months as well as becoming the youngest Manx Rally champion.

Arron said: “I knew I had a job to do to win the championship so the first priority was finishing and I’m happy to have done that. I had to keep an eye on the times and pace myself throughout the rally which is easier said than done at my age when all you want to do is drive flat out.

“I was comfortable with my pace so saw no reason to back off and to end up winning for a fourth time on the Isle of Man is very special. The car ran faultlessly all weekend so credit to the TEG Sport team, the Pirelli tyres were fantastic and thanks to Rob for doing an outstanding job of calling the notes once again.”