Tricky conditions greeted competitors for round five of the 2012 British Rally Championship but despite mixed fortunes for both drivers, the Pirelli TEG Sport Team left the Toddsleap International Rally Northern Ireland in a positive mood.
Continuing his excellent run of results which saw him win two more rallies outright during the break in the BRC calendar, 17-year-old Arron Newby claimed a deserved 13th overall in the Pirelli TEG Sport Team's Robert Wiseman Dairies-sponsored Skoda Fabia R2.
The young driver from Carnforth, along with co-driver Martyn Taylor, overcame the damp and slippery conditions and improved from a top twenty placing overnight to finish 13th overall and claim more vital BRC points to move up to 16th place in the championship table.
However, such was his progress that he finished third of the registered points scorers in Class R2 meaning a podium finish and with it, an elevation to fourth place in the standings with one round to go.
For Finnish team-mate Jukka Korhonen, his rally ended in disappointment when placed inside the top ten with just three stages to go when the Pirelli-backed Skoda Fabia R2 he was sharing with namesake Mikael suffered a broken driveshaft.
Despite the setback, the 27-year-old from Siikajarvi, who won last year's Pirelli UK Star Driver award, still holds a top ten placing in the overall championship as well as third place in the highly competitive Class R2 going into next month's final round on International Rally Yorkshire.
Stuart Newby, Team Owner:
"This is always a tough event and whilst we are disappointed for Jukka, we are delighted with the way Arron drove and to bring the car home on the Class R2 podium was a bonus. The idea was not for him to win the event but to drive for a finish and to gain more experience which is exactly what he did. We now hold third and fourth place in that very competitive class going into the final event in Yorkshire where we expect both drivers to finish the season strongly. We are still well placed in the BRC Teams Cup and again it's been a great team effort so we are looking forward to a good result back on gravel next time out."
The International Rally Yorkshire is based in Scarborough and uses the classic gravel stages around Pickering over the weekend of September 28/29th and sees two former Pirelli TEG Sport drivers Elfyn Evans and Keith Cronin tied on points in the lead.