Wight Rally Sport’s Richard Weaver partnered with Hastings-based co-driver Tim Sayer to tackle the 2019 running of the charity-focused Abingdon Car-nival Stages on Sunday.

The one-off pairing came about after Richard’s plans to compete in Belgium with regular co-driver James Pink fell through due to unforeseen circumstances.

Having secured a last-minute entry, Richard and Tim headed to Abingdon near Oxford to compete in the Mitsubishi Evo 6. Rain the previous day gave way to a dry start to the Sunday event and happily the clouds stayed away for the rest of the day.

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The pair set reasonable pace on Stage 1, although a high speed spin of the road and through the grass at 80mph woke them up in fine fashion. Alterations to the suspension meant the car was behaving differently to prior events requiring the driver to adapt accordingly. With this now drawn into sharp focus, the following stages flowed nicely with the pair lying in 8th over all out of a 98 strong field.

With 2 stages remaining, an issue with fluid loss from the transmission meant that sadly the team had to miss the penultimate stage. They rejoined for the last stage, but taking a 20 minute time penalty in the process for the dropped stage. This plummeted down to 69th overall and lost them the class win. Despite this the duo remained upbeat about the result. 

Richard said:

“This annual charity rally has been running for 23 years and has raised over £300,000 for good causes in the process. It’s a great to be part of this success story and to be able to do so whilst having fun in a car is fantastic!”

Work has already begun to identity and rectify the issue with the car and whilst no concrete plans are in place before September, the team plan to sneak an event in as-hoc if possible.

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