Battle Twins Win Honours At Brands Hatch

A pair of 31-year-old twins, Anthony and Christopher Newton, who live near Battle and have been competing in the sport of motor rallying since 2006, achieved sensational results at a national event earlier this month in their diminutive Vauxhall Nova car equipped with a mere 1400cc engine.

The event, Round 4 of the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship, was held on 18th January around the iconic Brands Hatch race track complex.

PICTURE: Andrew Bisping

Competing in the name of their sponsors, JenCo Electrical Ltd of Grove Road, Hastings, the Newton brothers not only dominated Class A (for vehicles up to 1400cc) but finished a staggering 13th overall out of the 87 crews classified, most of them driving far more capable machinery.   

In initially frosty conditions the Newtons flew through the first stage, catching fellow competitors napping, setting the fifth fastest time overall, just three seconds off the lead. 

As the day wore on, their speeds continued to impress on each of the subsequent stages – each of five to six minutes’ hectic driving – though as weather conditions warmed, it proved a challenge to stick with the higher-powered front-runners, many with over 2000cc engines. But they continued to stay at the sharp end and, as darkness closed in on the final stage, they sealed their fine result. 

The pair have become renowned and much admired in the
rally circles for giant-killing performances such as this. Their recently built car is an updated version of their previous mount, but no less wieldy. 

The Newton brothers in competitive action
PICTURE: Andrew Manston of M & H Photography

Sponsor Andy Jenner of JenCo Electrical expressed his delight at the outcome.  “Last year I was spectating at the event and saw these lads putting in crazy fast times, then I witnessed them up on two wheels as they had a moment on the track! Their commitment was unquestionable, and immediately I wanted to get involved with the team.” 

Anthony Newton added, “It has been fantastic to receive sponsorship from Andy Jenner and Kevin Cornelius [co-directors of Jenco], rallying is a fantastic sport, but it is expensive. To have the support they are giving us makes all the difference”. 

Anthony Newton is a plumbing and heating engineer, Christopher a calibration engineer.

The pair will next compete at the Corbeau Seats Tendring & Clacton Rally in Essex. This event takes place on closed roads and forms part of the British Rally Championship, the pinnacle in the national rallying calendar.

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