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Welsh Rally Championship Youngsters View Life at the Top

Friday 16 Aug 2013 [20:04]

Competitors in the Junior category of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship will learn what it takes to compete at the highest level this week when they visit one of the biggest names in the sport.

The category is open to drivers and co-drivers who were under 25 at the start of the year and who have not previously won the Junior Championship.

The Championship organisers and sponsors are keen to offer a development programme for these up and coming competitors and part of this is a visit to the team behind the all-conquering Subaru Impreza rally car and, more recently, the Mini World Rally Car, Prodrive.

The company is run by Ruthin man Dave Richards and the trip to the company's Banbury headquarters will give championship contenders the opportunity to meet some of the world's top rally engineers such as the company's Motorsport Technical Director, David Lapworth, and learn what it takes to prepare and run a rally car at the pinnacle of motorsport.

With further training initiatives planned for the remainder of the season, Championship co-ordinator, David Evison, commented "It is key to us as championship organisers and to our sponsors, Pirelli that we support young competitors as the make their way in the sport and we are hugely grateful to Prodrive for giving them this opportunity."

The programme has also received support from Rhuddlan based Bob Francis Crane Hire. Bob says he believes that, as the future of the sport, young competitors should receive as much support as possible.

The overall drivers' championship is currently led by Bob's grandson Luke Francis who also heads the under 25 standings, while amongst those taking up this opportunity will be the son of double British Rally Champion David Llewellin, 18 year old Ben Llewellin from Haverfordwest and the world's youngest ever works supported rally driver, Cameron Davies from Llandovery.

Among the co-drivers attending is the well-travelled Chris Davies from Cardiff who this year is co-driving for several drivers including Ben Llewellin. Another taking advantage of the opportunity is the very enthusiastic Llanelli teenager Keegan Rees who only started rallying last year and is now out competing most weekends, the demand for his services underlining the need for new blood.

The youngsters will be back in competitive action on the next round of the championship, the Nicky Grist Stages, which starts from Builth Wells on July 13th.

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Issued 23rd June 2013

Issued 23rd June 2013

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