Carnforth teenager Arron Newby bounced back from his recent disappointment of retiring from the Manx National Rally with another superb performance at the Jim Clark National Rally.
Contesting the latest round of the REIS Get Connected MSA Asphalt Rally Championship on the closed public roads around the Scottish borders, the 18-year-old Lancastrian battled against tricky damp conditions and the more powerful cars to claim a class win in the Pirelli-sponsored and TEG Sport -prepared Subaru Impreza.
Keen to lay the ghost to rest after crashing out on last year’s event, Newby along with Manx co driver Rob Fagg didn’t do their confidence much good when a high-speed moment on the Abbey St Bathans stage on Friday night saw them scrape a wall but they reached the overnight halt in 16th overall and sixth in class.
Damp patches greeted the crews for day two and Newby made a steady start to climb into the top ten overall before upping the pace as the day progressed.
It wasn’t long before he was up to eighth overall, taking the class lead in the process and with one last push on the final stage in the wet; he elevated himself to a fantastic seventh overall and also took the class win.
Arron said: “It was all quite new to me but it’s all part of the learning process and we came away with a good result all things considered.”