A pair of significant obstacles have put pay to Richard Weaver and James Pink’s intended participation in a rally in Belgium later this month, but instead Richard will tackle the Abingdon Carnival Rally Stages near Oxford this Sunday.

Having secured a last minute entry on the event and with James sidelined, Kent-based co-driver Tim Sayer steps into the vacant seat to partner Richard for this event.

Having competed at this event last year in a somewhat underpowered Nissan Micra 1.0 ‘for laughs’, Richard is looking forward to a more competitive run in his Mitsubishi Evo 6, with the pair starting 4th on the road out of 100 entries.

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The venue offers 8 stages of around 10 miles in length each, based at Abingdon Airfield. The event also incorporates Sprint and Autosolo events on the Saturday and the provision of all these different types of motorsport over the Saturday/Sunday gives rise to the ‘Car-nival’ name given to the weekend.

The event is very much about a good atmosphere with overnight camping encouraged and other entertainment including music and comedy on Saturday night. The underpinnings of the Car-nival are rooted firmly in fundraising and has over the years raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for various charities. Part of the entry fee raised is for charity.

Richard said:

“It was a shame we weren’t able to go to Belgium as planned, but I feel very fortunate to have got an entry on the Car-nival as it is so oversubscribed. Having fun in a rally car and raising money for good causes is a great initiative and I’m thrilled to be taking part again”.

Richard’s Wight Rally Sport team is backed by a number of Island sponsors who have assisted in making this event happen at short notice.

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