Callum Black wins the Manx National

Callum Black/Jack Morton have won the 2023 Manx National Rally in their 586 Sports-prepared and Pirelli-shod Pallas Connections Ford Fiesta Rally2.

The 3min 17.9sec winning margin doesn’t reflect the incredibly close and fierce flat-out battle that they had for victory with David Wright/Paula Swinscoe, who retired their Michelin-shod Ford Fiesta R5 after breaking the rear right suspension mid-way through day two.

In this double header event, both crews scored maximum Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship points –Wright/Swinscoe for leading after day one (Round 2) and Black/Morton for coming out on top at the end of day two (Round 3).

Neil Roskell/ Andrew Roughead maintain their impressive record of never finishing lower than second on the Isle of Man with an excellent run in their Michelin-shod ND Civils/Burdens/Witham Motorsport Ford Fiesta Rally2 – while Steve Wood/Kenny Hull recovered from a slow start to finish third in their Michelin-shot Trailhead Get Jerky-backed Ford Fiesta WRC.

“I really enjoyed the Manx National, and that’s half the battle sometimes isn’t it?” said Callum.

“We just got a better feeling as the rally progressed and learned what we could and couldn’t do with the car. The Fiesta Rally2 was a real privilege to drive to be honest. 

“When I came passed David [Wright] and saw that he had an issue it just fried my head for the next two miles, and I didn’t really know how to drive. But I got my head down, regained by concentration and it proved to be enough.”

A full Protyre Motorsport UK Asphalt Rally Championship report and points update will follow.

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