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Maximum points for ace Meadows

Tommi Meadows
Tommi Meadows
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Clitheroe rally ace Tommi Meadows came away from his latest challenge with a maximum points haul, taking the BTRDA 1400 category win on the ATL Carlisle Stages Rally in his Ford KA.

Joining Tommi in the car for their second rally together was Emma Morrison, and the pair were straight back into the rhythm of things following a good result on last month’s Plains Rally.

Tommi and Emma battled through the morning’s loop, and trying to keep a neat and tidy driving style at all times seemed to be paying off, as they returned to the midday service halt with a 30-second lead in the 1400 category.

The afternoon loop consisted of two special stages - one a classic 15 mile run through Kershope. The crews were faced with a torrential downpour from an early point in the stage, but well-judged and mature drive through this test saw the 18 year-old catch two cars running in front, even with cars starting at one-minute intervals.

A clean run through the final stage in Ash Park saw Meadows and Morrison emerge with the 1400 category win by a comfortable margin of 41 seconds over the nearest contenders Steve Black and John Connor in their Suzuki Swift S1400. This win comes at a good point in the year, and the teenager is starting to string some good results together.

He said: “I’m so chuffed to come out with the win, it definitely hasn’t been easy. I came into this event with a clear plan to drive neatly and tidily, and we’ve done exactly that.”

The next championship round will see the team compete at the Nicky Grist Stages Rally in July based in Builth Wells.