JACK Walby took his best finish of the year to date with an excellent 21st overall and second Citroen C2 Challenge car home in his car on last weekends Tempest Stages in Hampshire.

The Broadwell youngster had the experienced Karen Jenkins alongside for the first time on the notes.

A near 90 car entry assembled for the ten stage event at the Rushmoor Arena near Aldershot with the final two in darkness, held in heavy rain which lasted all day, making stages extremely slippery.

After a solid start, the duo caught a car on the first run through the Longmoor test,the longest stage of the day with their only scare being a flickering oil light.

After the first service of the day five more stages lay ahead. A few seconds were lost here with the engine losing power, this being possibly caused by the amount of water in the stages. With the engine now back on song and just two stages in darkness remaining, they then lost the intercom so Karen had to resort to shouting and hand signals. With stages now cutting up, the car started crabbing badly on the final test which turned out to be caused by a very badly bent bottom arm. Despite this, the duo survived to finish a respectable second in class.

"Jack drove very well in difficult conditions, we had a few problems and with the bent bottom arm we were lucky to finish" said Karen.

"Its been two good weekends rallying for me, nice to be back out again."

Jack said: “I am really pleased with the result,thanks to Karen who did a great job,also to Paul, Nige and dad for keeping us going ,as the stages got very rough at the end.”

Ross Leach and Rebecca Goatman continue to dominate the C2 Challenge with yet another victory, finishing 14th overall.

In the four-wheel-drive rally Mike Truman and Leanne Harris finished an excellent 11th overall and 10th in class. The overall winners were Rob Swann and Darron Garrod in a brand new Fiesta R5.