An outstanding young rally driver is celebrating the end of his last season as a junior on a high, after being crowned Young Rally Driver of the Year at the Professional Motorsport World Awards 2016.
Tommi Meadows (16) from Clitheroe, received his award at a ceremony in Cologne, Germany.
He has just completed the final rally in the highly-competitive Kick Formula 1000 Junior series, at Anglesey, ending his final junior season in fourth position, amd the top ranked Nissan Micra.
The award is given out annually to a young driver showing promise and skill and who demonstrates the exceptional qualities necessary to become a future star in the senior ranks of rally driving.
Tommi drives a pre-2003 1-Litre Micra and has competed in the junior series since he was 14 years old, learning to drive at the tender age of nine using his family farm as a training ground.
Judges noted Tommi’s blend of maturity, speed, and marketability in awarding him the prestigious title of Young Rally Driver of the Year.
Speaking at the ceremony, Tommi said: “It’s been a good year. Obviously it’s hard in an under-powered car, always having to thrash it around and sometimes not getting to where you want to be, but I think it’s really beneficial as a young driver to have to drive the doors off the car!”
“The junior championship has given me a real grounding and has taught me a lot. Winning the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year award was the absolute highlight and a great way to end the year.”
The forthcoming year holds even bigger challenges for Tommi, as he joins the adult league to compete in the BTRDA 1400 Forest Series.
He said: “I remember when I started at 14, seeing the older competitors and feeling very young in comparison. Now I am their age and can’t wait to get started, it is going to be a challenge but one I am more than ready for.”
Tommi’s first rally in the new series takes place in March, but before that he has the even more daunting prospect of passing his actual driving test: “Although I have driven for a long time, passing my test is another thing altogether and I am definitely feeling the pressure!
“I will be keeping the test date well under wraps as I won’t live it down if I fail first time!”