Solid finish to season for rally ace Tommi

Tommi Meadows
Tommi Meadows
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Junior rally ace Tommi Meadows ended his 2014 rally season with a top five result in Lincolnshire.

The 14-year-old Bowland High School pupil fought back from a mechanical retirement on his previous event to secure a much wanted finish.

Meadows and co-driver Ian Oakey began the day’s stages in 6th overall, with Tommi benefitting from new power steering fitted for this rally.

The pair were however lucky to get past the second stage, after fellow competitor Tom Delaney’s Suzuki Alto left the road and ploughed through a series of cones and tyres before sliding onto another area of the course, just as Meadows was coming through. However, the Nissan Micra driver’s quick reactions meant they avoided a head on collision with minimal time loss.

The next few stages went without such issues for the crew, and they moved up to fifth overall in the junior rally. The final couple of stages of the event were run in complete darkness, which was an added challenge for the junior drivers.

The Meadows and Oakey pairing ended the rally in a fine fifth overall, their second best result of the season.

‘There are so many people that I need to thank - James Alpe Ltd, Proflex Shock Absorbers, Fuchs Oils, Chorley Group, Cybox Exhausts and A-Frame Engineering,” said Meadows. “Not forgetting my parents, who are always so supportive and helpful. Without all these people, I would not be able to compete, and I appreciate everyone’s help.’