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Klarius Group sponsored driver, Sara Williams, a true rising star of British motorsports, has finished 6th overall at the Wales Rally GB; an event that runs alongside the World Rally Championship round over three days. Driving her Group N Subaru Impreza, adorned with the familiar Klarius livery, Sara and her co-driver, Patrick Walsh, were awarded the Gareth Roberts Memorial Trophy for highest placed Welsh crew.

Sara had to work extremely hard for her result throughout the competition after her car was damaged early in the first stage which saw her finish that stage 29th overall; over two minutes down on the leaders.

Speaking about her strategy after the first day Sara said:
“The first day was a disappointment. We showed real speed in the second stage which makes me wonder how the results would have looked if we had been able to really attack in stage 1 and 3. I spent the night looking at the positives of the day and thinking about the challenges of the day to come. The second day saw us travel to the Mid Wales stages which are really my home turf, so I knew that I should be able to pick up some good times. I decided that, with nothing to lose, I would push through each stage and aimed to climb into the top ten.”

With the new day Sara found a new level to her driving. In the first stage she set the third fastest time, just 5.9 seconds behind the leader, Bob Creen, who was driving a far more powerful, WRC spec. car. The day continued in her favour and Sara delighted her home crowd with two consecutive fifth fastest times which saw her climb up the leader board to 8th overall.

The final day of the competition was held in South Wales over three stages. Sara started the day strongly with a staggering second fastest time on the first stage and a third fastest time on the second stage, which elevated her to 7th overall in the competition.

The final stage of the competition is a 9.5 mile blast through the Walters Arena stage – a purpose built facility for Wales Rally GB. Having secured her position in the top ten, the Klarius driver was determined to drive a clean race and not lose any time. Displaying her trademark smooth driving style she drove a perfect stage and scored another second fastest time. This catapulted her into a final position of 6th overall; over 30 seconds ahead of the closest, similarly specced car.

Sara continues: “After such a difficult and disappointing first day I was over the moon to finish the event with multiple top three times and a 6th place overall. It would be easy to wonder what might have been, but all the cars in front of me were WRC spec so I can rest easy knowing that I was fastest in my class. We have worked closely with the Klarius Group over the last two years to develop the car and I am happy to be able to share this result with everyone who has played a part.

“The weekend was absolutely amazing and when I heard I’d won the Gareth Roberts Memorial Trophy it finished the event off perfectly. Dai Roberts – Gareth’s brother – is a good friend and it meant so much to collect the trophy with him and the rest of the Roberts family by my side.”

After the final day Sara finished 6th with an overall time of 1:51:27.7 running several Klarius and QH parts including the exhausts system, steering and suspension components and rotating electrics, all of which survived the rally performing faultlessly even under the extreme conditions.

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