Mead­ows gets young driver award

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Ja­son Craig

Ju­nior For­mula 1000 driver Tommi Mead­ows was named as the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year by a panel of ex­perts at the Pro­fes­sional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Ger­many last week.

The Clitheroe driver, 16, is part of a four-way fight for the Ju­nior For­mula 1000 cham­pi­onship at Cad­well Park this week­end. He is sev­enth in the ta­ble but still has a shot at the crown when dropped scores are taken in to ac­count.

“This year has been a good sea­son for me and win­ning the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year award has just topped it off,” said the driver, who is part of MSA Academy. “It’s great to see my ef­forts recog­nised in­ter­na­tion­ally. It’s not easy to fight at the top with un­der­pow­ered ma­chin­ery com­pared to your ri­vals. You can un­der­es­ti­mate the risks that you are hav­ing to take in order to stay on the pace that’s needed.”

Ir­ish­man Peter Ben­nett leads the cham­pi­onship by 38 points head­ing into the fi­nal round.

Along with Mead­ows, Tom Llewellin – son of Bri­tish cham­pion David – and Josh Mcer­lean make up the con­tenders on the penul­ti­mate round.

The series con­cludes at An­gle­sey cir­cuit on Novem­ber 26/27.

“We hope that as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will at­tend for what should be a great night of nos­tal­gia and fun with for­mer com­mit­tee mem­bers, club mem­bers, and friends of North Ul­ster Car Club.

“A spe­cial DVD of events or­gan­ised by the club over the last four decades will be on show as well as press cut­tings, old en­try lists and club doc­u­ments.

“Tick­ets are still avail­able and any­one in­ter­est in go­ing along is asked to send an email to nucc45@ya­”

Club has been suc­cess­ful “There have been chal­lenges, of course there have. There were times when you felt like walk­ing away. How­ever, they have also been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful from a club’s per­spec­tive and when an event goes off well it makes it all worth­while. Every­one as­so­ci­ated with North Ul­ster Car Club hopes this suc­cess will con­tinue.”

More young blood is needed “If the club is to con­tinue be­ing a suc­cess then we do need more young blood com­ing for­ward, es­pe­cially at com­mit­tee level, to help run things.

“We have ben­e­fited from the sup­port of other mo­tor clubs in North­ern Ire­land, that’s been im­por­tant and it must con­tinue, but there’s only so much you can rely on other clubs.

“Ev­ery mo­tor club is fac­ing the same prob­lems and North Ul­ster Car Club is no dif­fer­ent. We’re work­ing on it.” What’s next for NUCC?

“We have some ex­cit­ing ideas in the pipe­line at the minute.

“The North­ern Ire­land Sprint Cham­pi­onship has been good for the club – we host three rounds of that cur­rently – and the Targa Rally we ran this year for the very first time was a real hit.

“Keeping things tick­ing over has been tough but suc­cess never comes easy, does it?”

The cel­e­bra­tions on December 2

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