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Teenager Newby bags Manx treble
CLITHEROE and District Motor Club’s teenage rally star Aaron Newby raised the bar even further when he landed a history-making win at the Manx International Rally.
As well as adding his name to the achievements of rally legends Ari Vatanen, Henri Toivonen, Colin McRae, and Richard Burns in winning the prestigious event, he made it a hat-trick of wins on the Isle of Man this year for the 18-year-old.
With eight victories to his credit since taking the wheel of the TEG Sport Subaru Impreza last year, Newby claimed the Chris Kelly Memorial Stages and Dave Corris Autos Forest Rally also.
But the icing on the cake saw Newby crowned the youngest winner of the three-day event and with Manx co-driver Rob Fagg, the talented pair are still firmly in the hunt to win the Eurostars Motorsport.com Manx Rally at their first attempt.
The race panned out beautifully for Newby, who made a cautious start in damp and misty conditions on the first stage, and thanks to three runner-up placings, Newby briefly held second place before arriving at the Douglas overnight halt in a safe third behind a couple of local crews and just 24 seconds off the lead.
The second day saw Newby on full attack, clocking up the three fastest times in the morning sessions before a transmission problem seriously hampered his progress, leaving him with just two-wheel drive for the rest of the day.
Newby, though, continued to set the pace and went fastest on the next four stages and arrived back at the TT Grandstand with a lead of over a minute and a half going into Saturday’s final loop.
The TEG Sport crew worked through the night to repair the transmission problem, and then it was all systems go for the final push to victory.
And Newby was quickly out of the blocks, ramming home his advantage and setting the second fastest time on two of the remaining eight stages – taking the chequered flag two minutes and 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.
His win was Newby’s fifth successive victory, confirming his status as one of Britain’s hottest young talents with another sensational show.
“This is a dream come true, especially as this is one of the toughest events on the card,” said a delighted Newby. “I can’t believe I’ve won it.”
Newby, who praised his map-man Rob Fagg, added: “To see my name on the trophy alongside some of my heroes is fantastic.
“The last 18 months has been brilliant with all the wins – but this tops the lot.
“We had a couple of problems along the way and conditions were a bit tricky at times, but Rob did a brilliant job on the notes and he deserves this as much as me.
“Also, the crew worked incredibly hard.”
Delighted team owner Stuart Newby said: “Aaron has turned in some pretty handy performances since jumping in the Subaru – but his display on the Isle of Man defied belief.
“To win probably the toughest rally in the UK and claim his first international win is simply amazing.
“He drove the course like he’d been coming to the Isle of Man for years.”
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