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Guy Wilks took an emphatic victory on Rally Isle of Man on the weekend, over 30 seconds ahead of his Mitsubishi Motors UK team-mate, Gwyndaf Evans.

The result moves Wilks ahead of Mark Higgins in the championship, who crashed on Friday and finished using Super Rally, dropping him to third in the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship.

“It was a near perfect rally for us,” Wilks said at the finish of the 168 mile, all asphalt rally. “Apart from an unusual noise that we thought was the differential, we could push at our own pace and managed the rally from the front.”

The noise was a broken gearbox mount, but Wilks was gentle on the transmission until it was resolved, allowing Evans to better him on a few stages.

The Welshman played his team role, taking a maximum points tally for the Mitsubishi team. “We have been unlucky on previous events so I’m relieved to get the car to the finish on the podium,” Evans said.

Wyn Humphreys was probably the happiest man at the finish though. “To be on the podium with Guy and Gwyndaf in my first season in the BRC is unbelievable,” said the amiable Welshman. “We pushed really hard to catch Rob Swann and eventually beat him to the champagne by 0.6 seconds.”

Eugene Donnelly won the Rally Isle of Man outright in his Subaru Impreza World Rally Car, and now leads the Irish Tarmac Championship.

Donnelly finished 4 minutes 21.6 seconds ahead of the Ford Focus of Eamonn Boland. Wilks was third, taking top points in the British Rally Championship.

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