Tommi Meadows suffered an early retirement on this weekend’s Plains Rally, based in Welshpool.
Meadows and co-driver Ian Oakey headed to the event with the plan being to get as much experience on the classic Welsh stages for Tommi’s second gravel rally.
The pair enjoyed success at their previous event the Somerset Stages, where they took 34th overall from a field of 115 cars in their 1400cc Ford KA.
However, just four miles into the 40-mile event, the Clitheroe teenager made a costly mistake.
“After the Somerset Stages, I wanted to continue the momentum and get another good result.
“We came into a tight left hand bend too fast and ran wide,” said Meadows.
“I thought we were going to get away with it so I just kept my right foot planted, but sadly the rear end slid into a ditch and the car rolled over two and a half times”.
With the car badly damaged and a front wheel hanging off, the crew had no choice but to retire from the event.
They now face a race against time to rebuild the car in time for the Carlisle Stages in three weeks’ time.
“The car is going to need a lot of late nights spent on it, but we will be back.
“It’s already at Gareth Hooper’s being stripped of all damaged panels.”