Newby’s meteoric rise continues

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Having taken a seventh outright victory in less than 18 months on the Jane Cowling Memorial Phoenix Stages Rally earlier in the month, Arron Newby continued his meteoric rise by adding the Rainworth Skoda Centenary Stages title to his list of achievements at the weekend.

Comprising of 58 miles of sealed surface at RAF Barkston Heath and complete with another very strong and competitive 100-car entry, 
the 18-year-old from Bolton-le-Sands once again dominated from the very first stage and was never headed.

Along with co-driver Gary Tomlinson in the TEG Sport Subaru Impreza, the pair were fastest on every stage in the morning loop and by the midway point, held a 30 second advantage over rivals Rob Lowe and last year’s winner Nigel Mummery in his Ford Focus WRC.

With a healthy lead, Arron controlled the pace from the front and continued to set fastest stage times to emerge at the finish some one minute and 13 seconds clear of his nearest rival to claim win number eight and to once again lay claim to his place as one of the country’s brightest young stars.

Arron said: “We took a gamble on tyres and ran a Pirelli RX9 dry tyre and they worked from the moment we set off.

“Because the stages were only seven miles long at most, we survived the day and made eight tyres last the whole event.

“I can’t believe I’ve won yet another rally and having never been here before it made it all that little bit more special.”