Rookie of the Year win.

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THERE is no case of be­gin­ner’s luck for Monique Smith and Terry Hughes, who have claimed the Clubman Cup rookie of the year hon­ours.

The dy­namic duo has se­cured the award head­ing into the fi­nal rally of the year af­ter they fin­ished third at the penul­ti­mate event in Chid­low, their first podium fin­ish of the year.

Driver Hughes, who lives in Ar­madale, said they had im­proved through­out the year and was hope­ful of a good re­sult at the Clubman Cup’s fi­nal rally in Jarrahdale on Novem­ber 11.

“We def­i­nitely got faster and Monique is call­ing the notes a lot bet­ter,” he said.

“We’re hoping at the end of the year to be in a top five fin­ish over­all; we’ll be happy with that.

“We’d like to fin­ish on the podium again but there will be a lot more com­peti­tors in Jarrahdale. It’s the fi­nal one for the Clubman Cup and also one of the long­est events in the sea­son.”

His nav­i­ga­tor Smith, from Beckenham, said she en­joyed her rookie year but ac­knowl­edged she needed to work on re­main­ing calm in the pas­sen­ger seat.

“I’ve got to try re­main calm. I’ve still got to im­prove on call­ing notes but I’m still pretty proud of how I’ve done this year,” she said.

Terry Hughes and Monique Smith in ac­tion at the Sa­fari Rally in Chid­low.

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