Damian Cole finished the rain-affected Neath Stages Rally last weekend in third place, despite spinning off at high speed in the penultimate test.

Cole won two of the first four stages in his Get Connected! Hyundai WRC car despite being forced to run on worn tyres due to a supply problem.

As the rain continued to bucket down though, and the conditions worsened, any chances of a victory were blown on SS5 as the car spun twice.

Somehow Cole and co-driver Ian Allsop avoided any major damage and they were able to continue on their way to take the final spot on the podium behind Michael O'Brien's Ford Focus WRC and the Subaru Impreza WRC of James Belton.

"The first time we spun we were up to sixth gear and flying," Cole recalled. "I just closed my eyes and waited for the bangs, but there were none, so we were able to get ourselves up the bank and back into the action.

"Then we span and finished-up facing the wrong way and on the racing line. We knew the next competitor was closing in on us at high-speed so it was a massive relief when we righted ourselves and got going just in the nick of time. Thankfully we escaped in one piece!"

Cole now heads to the Woodpecker Stages Rally, which takes place around Ludlow on Saturday August 30, and he could win the Welsh Rally Championship and move into the lead in the BTRDA Rally Series on that event.


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