Carnforth’s reigning Manx Rally champion Arron Newby got his title defence underway in emphatic style when he took victory in the 4Hire Jurby Stages Rally at Jurby Motordrome.
The event was the opening round of the 2014 Eurocars Motorsport Manx Rally Championship.
The teenager and Kirk Michael co-driver Rob Fagg were in action in the Beatson’s Building Supplies and VP Fuels/Pirelli-backed TEG Sport Subaru, but despite all his success on the Isle of Man last year, it was a new venue for the 19-year-old who missed the round last year when it was held in June.
With a top-quality entry including a former Manx champion, it wasn’t going to be plain sailing over the 12 special stages.
However, the challenges failed to materialise and with dry conditions prevailing, a combination of Pirelli RX7 and RX9 tyres proved to be best suited to the Druidale Motor Club-organised event.
Despite a stall on the opening stage, Newby led all the way to the finish, winning ten of the 12 stages and claiming maximum points to get his season underway in brilliant style.
Arron said: “This was my first time competing at Jurby and I found the rally to be one of the hardest I’ve had to concentrate on.
“It’s a fantastic way to get our title defence underway.”
Team Owner Stuart Newby said: “What we thought was going to be one of the easier events of the Manx Rally Championship turned out to be far more technical and demanding than we ever imagined.
“Hats off to Arron as he had his hands full with local hero Steve Colley but once again he proved he was not going to be beaten without a fight.”