FOLLOWING their big win in their last outing in February, top Isle of Wight rally driver Richard Weaver will be taking to the rally stages again tomorrow (Sunday).

The Wight Rally Sport duo, with co-driver James Pink, take part in the Corbeau Seats Rally in Clacton, Essex.

It will be Chelmsford Motor Club’s second running of their closed road special stage rally, featuring 130 competitors in the event.

The rally will see drivers tackle 12 stages at flat-out speeds, on a route around the countryside roads in the Clacton and Tendring area.

Last year, the inaugural rally at the venue, ran under newly-passed government legislation which allowed racing on closed public roads in England and Wales.

Formerly, an individual act of Parliament for each rally was required to suspend the Road Traffic Act and allow this type of racing, but now local authorities may work with motor clubs to do so at local level. 

With a strong national entry, Weaver and Pink will start at position 20 on the road, with drivers seeded by the organisers in order of their anticipated finishing position. 

Weaver said: “I have competed quite a bit in Belgium on closed roads, where they have been holding closed public road rallies for years. My father also competed there in the 1970s and 80s.

"We’re very excited to finally get the opportunity to now race in the same way on UK soil.”

With backing from their regular and new sponsors, Wight Rally Sport are keen to put in a strong performance this weekend.