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After the success of Scott and Gareth’s 3rd Group N victory of 2018 last time out, the team at SF Rallying and C1-R LTD got to work pre-paring the Professional Motorsport World Expo-backed Evo 9 for the final round of the 2018 Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship.

Scott always looks forward to the season finale, the Forest of Dean-based Wyedean Stages, where his Hankook tyres suit the often muddy and wet conditions.

“We’ve always gone well on the Wyedean” ex-plains Scott. “The Hankook tyres are well suited to the slimy stages and last year we finished off with a strong 7th overall.”

For 2018, the event had a little more importance for Scott and Gareth, as the new paring would seal the Group N Championship on the event if they could finish 4th or higher!

With the car undergoing a detailed pre-event preparation to ensure it was 100% mechanically ready for the event, the sad news came that the 2018 event had been cancelled and there would be no further rallies that would score towards the championship. Due to the snow-covered Mid Wales Stages not going ahead earlier in the year, the cancellation of the Wyedean meant that now only 5 events from the season would count towards the championship points.

With all drop-scores taken into account, it has now been confirmed that Scott and Gareth are the 2018 Pirelli Welsh Group N champions!

“It’s been a fantastic year! I took a gamble with a new co-driver in Gareth at the start of the year and I never thought we would get on the pace as quickly as we did! Being so young, I thought it would take some time for Gareth to adjust, but he jumped straight into the hot seat and never looked back! I must admit at times, luck has been on our side with a couple of well-timed mechanical problems but none of this success would have been possible without the work of the whole team behind us – we all share the lows and it’s nice to have the oppor-tunity to all share this high! I’d like to say a massive thank you to Tony Robinson at Professional Motorsport World Expo who has supported me personally since 2013. His generosity is what has kept my car on the stages this year, helping fund the championship campaign and ensuring we could have the gearbox rebuilt when it failed after the Nicky Grist Stages! Wayne Sisson at Arnside Motorsport, Chris Tim-mins, Kieran, Cory and Leigh at C1-R LTD have all been incredible, working all hours to keep the Mitsubishi Evo 9 in tip-top condition on, during and between events throughout the year. I also owe a massive thank you to my awesome chase-car and service team for this year; Paul, Themos, Matt, Simon, Tristan, Gemma and Tammy who have been blessed with hot, dry weather all year! Lastly, to the main reason I’m competing this year; my ultra-supportive girlfriend Rosie. Without her support I wouldn’t have made it out of the garage, let alone into Wales and to the successes we’ve achieved! It has been great fun with this team of people around me, which is the main thing in this sport! I’m very pleased with the progress I’ve made as a driver too. We have take 3 Group N victories this year and my stage times are much closer to regular BTRDA competitors now. I feel I’m ready to take on the challenge of a full BTRDA campaign in 2019.”

The 2018 season may have come to an end but the work doesn’t stop there. Scott has a busy few months ahead re-building the car and securing the funds required to tackle a full championship again in 2019.

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