Isle of Wight rally driver Richard Weaver took to the Mini Tempest Stages Rally at Rushmoor, Aldershot on Sunday (29th December) – securing a podium position in his Go-Internet sponsored Mitsubishi Evo 6 rally car.
The event was a welcome opportunity to round out the rally season as Rushmoor Arena dawned mild and sunny. The rally, held on private roads, offered a mixture of grip levels, which provided a challenge for competitors as the surface changed from very dry to extremely slippery in a matter of yards. The tight nature of the venue rewarded precise driving and any mistakes would prove costly with just 8 short stages for the crews to tackle.
Of the 52 competitors, Weaver and co-driver Tim Sayer, from Kent, immediately went 2nd fastest overall and were to remain there for the rest of the day. They drew joint fastest time on stage 5 with the leader, but on stage 6 they had a scare when the front drivers-side tyre punctured after a heavy impact with a raised kerb. This forced them to complete the remainder of the stage on mostly the wheel rim, after the tyre partially peeled off. Fortunately, they only lost 6 seconds.
With a healthy lead of 46 seconds to the next competitor and 31 seconds deficit to the leader and just 2 remaining stages, Weaver and Sayer consolidated their 2nd place as the rally drew to a close.
Trevor Cook of Go-Internet, who is main sponsor to the team, expressed his delight at both this result and a successful season which has delivered an overall win and numerous class honours for Richard. He said:
“It’s been a wonderful season for Richard and a pleasure to watch the progression throughout the year. It has been especially nice as a local Isle of Wight business to support a home-grown team. It is always a pleasant surprise to see so many Island sportsmen and women achieving in all manner of sporting activities. We’re really quite good at it!”
Richard will cite his next event as the Sandown Speed Trials which take place on the weekend of 28th/29th March 2020 when the Isle of Wight Car Club host this closed roads motorsport event at Sandown Seafront. With as many as 150 competitors it is sure to kick off the holiday season in style.