Mark Gamble took the inaugural Suzuki Swift Sport Cup title on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire last weekend, the penultimate round in the series.
Gamble won the event, but early on, he thought that was the last thing he was going to achieve after he lost two minutes in the morning with a puncture. However in a mammoth run through the final stage, he turned a 58.8 second deficit into a 53.3 second lead to secure the crown.
"We really went for it in that last stage," he reflected. "To take the title with one round remaining is amazing."
Scotsman Gordon Nichol meanwhile had been ahead of Gamble with one stage to go, but suffered problems, something that also allowed Ross Forde and Nick Rowland to leapfrog him to finish second and third.
"We'd built up that lead, and if we had won, the title fight would have gone to the Tempest, but before the last stage the clutch went to the floor," said a disappointed Nichol, who ended up fourth. "In the stage I went for third gear and got nothing, from there we had a mile uphill and the time just slipped away."
Still in his first year behind the wheel of a rally car, and with his last mile crash in Ulster fresh in his mind, Evo magazine journalist Henry Catchpole was delighted with his performance on the notorious fast roads and with fifth, ahead of Niki Bjerg and celebrity driver, Molly Taylor.
Although she was not registered for the Cup, the Australian S1600 champion would have finished a lot better had she not lost over seven minutes in SS3 when she had to stop and change a puncture.
"It's a fantastic atmosphere in the Cup here," she noted. "I've thoroughly enjoyed and appreciate having the opportunity to come and experience rallying a Swift in the UK. I would love to come back next year, but it will all come down to budget."
Richard Boot completed the Swift field in Yorkshire in P8, still enjoying his first year competing in British championship level events.
The next round of the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup is the Suzuki-backed Tempest Rally, held in Aldershot on November 8. An addition to the field will be MotoGP racer Loris Capirossi, who will switch two wheels for four to drive the Swift Sport Cup celebrity car.