Arron Newby and Ian Davis say they are “over the moon” to have stormed to their first victory during the 2017 Brean Rally in their Subura Impreza, watched by large crowds of spectators at the weekend.

99 teams from across the UK headed to the two-day rally, which was held for a 21st year at Brean Leisure Park.

There was plenty of drama for the spectators, with several cars failing to finish the 12 gruelling stages – and the rain adding to the action.

Last year’s champions Steve and Yvonne Furzeland looked on course for a further win until they span in the wet conditions, costing them precious sseconds and leaving them runners-up.

Speaking to, rally winner Arron said: “This is our first win here at the fourth attempt so we are so pleased to have won!”

“Having previous been fourth once and third twice in our previous rallies here we really wanted to win – and it’s amazing to have done it! It’s a great day for our whole team.”

Rally organiser Rod McKenna told the event had gone really well and he thanked the spectators, marshalls, teams and sponsors for making the 21st event another “great success.”

He told “We’re pleased with the crowd numbers which were bigger on the Sunday because of the weather – the spectators wanted to watch the action in the rain! There were a couple of spins and some great action but there were no particular problems.”

“The drivers coped with the weather well – and put on their wet tyres and it provided an extra challenge for them.”

The rally, promoted by locally based Club Rallysport West, is the opening round of three major regional rally championships, the Association of South Western Motor Clubs, Association West Midlands Motor Clubs Heart of England and the Cotswold Motor Sport Group.

Pictured: The rally action at Brean over the weekend and the winners of the trophies (Photos: / Mike Lang / Rob McKenna)