The Wight Rally Sport team of Richard Weaver and James Pink took victory at the Phil Collings Memorial South Downs Stages at Goodwood on Saturday.

The day’s 9 special stages were largely dominated by the Bembridge duo, who took 7 stage wins in a row in their Mitsubishi Evo VI rally car.

Mixed weather at the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in West Sussex proved a challenge for the competing crews but tactical decisions by driver and co-driver put the Isle of Wight team at the top of the leaderboard from the get go.

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As darkness fell, the final 2 stages were all that stood between Weaver/Pink and the winner’s trophy. A careful drive – not without a slight moment onto the grass – resulted in the rally team bringing the car home safely and being crowned deserving winners of the 2019 event.

The win was secured in an overall time of 32:47 ahead of Anthony Robinson/Mark Witherspoon in 33:32 and Paul King/Alicia Miles with 33:40.

Speaking about their winning performance, Richard has said:

“To bring home the car in first place was a dream come true. I first competed on this event in 2009 and now, 10 years later, we’ve won it. We felt absolutely determined we could do this and it shows that if you believe it, you can do it”.

The team have thanked sponsors JW Autoshine, Arch’s Speed Shop, Sign Shop Bembridge and TG Motorsport for their continue support, as well as family and friends.

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2 other Isle of Wight rally crews were competing on Saturday. Wayne Hole and Chris Wilson took 11th place overall in their Ford Escort Mk1, whilst Dean Long and Jonathan Barrett in their Subaru Impreza finished just behind in 12th. Long/Barrett also took 1st in Class E.

Wight Rally Sport will next be in action at the Corbeau Seats Rally Tendring & Clacton in Essex on 28th April.

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