Newby retains Manx Rally title in style

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg celebrate victory in the Rally Isle of Man Picture: Mark Corlett
Arron Newby and Rob Fagg celebrate victory in the Rally Isle of Man Picture: Mark Corlett
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Carnforth’s rising rally star Arron Newby made it back-to-back wins at the Rally Isle of Man retaining the Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship in the process.

Along with co-driver Rob Fagg, the 19-year-old backed up becoming the youngest winner of the 2013 event in fine style in his VP Fuels/Pirelli-backed TEG Sport Subaru Impreza being fastest on 19 of the 22 stages.

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in action on the Rally Isle of Man. Picture: Mark Corlett

Arron Newby and Rob Fagg in action on the Rally Isle of Man. Picture: Mark Corlett

He took a two-minute lead into the final day’s seven closed roads stages and swept to fastest stage time on each of them, extending his winning margin to 3m27.4s ahead of Manxman Steve Colley’s Mitsubishi at the finish to continue his incredible run.

Along with local Kirk Michael co-driver Fagg, the defending Manx Rally Champions got their campaign underway in brisk fashion on Thursday evening by setting a record time on SS1 before being delayed due to a car which had gone off and blocked the stage on SS2.

Nonetheless, the pair ended the leg in the lead to clasp one hand on the trophy.

Friday saw the duo continue their pace and arrived back in Douglas with sufficient points earned to confirm their second successive Manx title and Newby’s fourth win of the year.

Newby said: “We’ve been fastest on nearly every stage and with the Championship also secured I don’t think it could have been a better weekend.

“I drove at a fast but comfortable pace throughout the rally and it was nice to show my pace on the island against the BRC front runners after setting fastest times on the majority of the stages.”

Stuart Newby, TEG Sport Team Owner: “The boy has driven fantastically all weekend especially when he had the Championship at stake.

“His plan was to retain the title in leg one of the rally and enjoy leg two which is exactly what he did and his winning margin demonstrated that.”