For the Kirtlebridge team overcame some car issues on the opening day to drive their Mitsubishi Evo 9 superbly through the demanding Welsh forests.
And they were just one of five crews from across the region to line up alongside some of the biggest names in motorsport for the final counter of the 13-round FIA World Rally Championship.
Speaking after his victory, Faulkner said: “They were probably the worst conditions in which we have ever competed. Just staying on the road was a task in itself – aquaplaning down the track certainly kept us alert – but that only added to the challenge and made it as much a battle against the elements as the competition.
“We were delighted to emerge as the winners for the second year in a row. We are a small family team, so this is a massive achievement and testimony to the commitment of everybody involved.”
Meanwhile, five times Scottish champion David Bogie, of Dumfries, and navigator Kevin Rae tackled the international rounds in their Ford Fiesta R5 –\!q but a crash on the fourth stage ended any hopes of progressing any further.
And reigning Scottish rally champion Jock Armstrong, of Castle Douglas, and co-driver Paula Swinscoe also suffered misfortune on the final stage of the national event when their Subaru Impreza ground to a halt with a broken ball joint just five corners from the finish.
Lee Hastings, of Dumfries, and co-driver Julie McGuire also brought their Subaru Impreza home fifth in the national rounds, while Dalbeattie’s Iain Wilson and Keith Riddick finished 56th in their Subaru Impreza.