JU­NIOR 1000 CHAMP LEWIS STEPS UP TO BTRDA IN ’19

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Newly-crowned Ju­nior For­mula 1000 cham­pion Ed­die Lewis will head straight to the BTRDA next sea­son in a Vaux­hall Adam.

Lewis wrapped up the F1000 ti­tle at An­gle­sey three weeks ago aboard his Citroen C1, and has set his sights on the forests of the BTRDA, as the Ju­nior cham­pi­onship is done on air­field and cir­cuit events with no notes.

Four sec­ond-place fin­ishes in the mid­dle of the sea­son spurred on the Not­ting­ham driver, who had to give up on his Ford Fi­esta at the start of the year as it was too heavy to com­pete ef­fec­tively in the se­ries.

“We went and got the job done, we know what we needed to do, it was noth­ing too spe­cial re­ally,” said Lewis of his ti­tle year.

“I could have won and were lead­ing two or three events through­out the year. But we lost out as I didn’t take the risks that they took be­cause they needed to win the ral­lies.”

Lewis fol­lows the lead of pre­vi­ous cham­pion Ewan Tin­dall into the BTRDA, who came close to tak­ing the Fi­esta ST Tro­phy in his first full sea­son on gravel.

Lewis has had the Adam all year, and has tested it with Eu­ro­pean Un­der 27 cham­pion Chris Ingram and tre­ble British Rally cham­pion Mark Hig­gins giv­ing tu­ition. He also co-drove in the car on Rally North Wales.

The 16-year-old turns 17 in Jan­uary mak­ing him el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in se­nior events, pro­vid­ing he passes his driv­ing test.

“It’s a lot of peo­ple’s dream to com­pete at World Cham­pi­onship level, es­pe­cially mine, the next year or two will give me an in­di­ca­tion of whether I have the skill or not, fight­ing with the big boys,” he added.

“We’re go­ing to try and do as much as pos­si­ble and try and get as much ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble in one year.”

Lewis will take the Adam Cup Car to Nor­way early next year to get tu­ition from leg­endary coach John Haug­land, miss­ing the Cam­brian Rally, the BTRDA sea­son opener.

Lewis co-drove in the Adam

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