Clitheroe’s Tommi Meadows was in Cologne last week for the Professional Motorsport World Expo gala dinner, where he was named UK Young Rally Driver of the Year.
The award has now been going for several years, and has been helping young rally drivers make their first steps into a rallying career.
2016 has been a good season for me and winning the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year award has just topped it offTommi Meadows
Year after year, the category also proves to be one of the closest fought in the Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards.
With the lead changing between three contenders throughout the voting process, 2016 proved to be no different, but it was Meadows who emerged on top once the votes had been collated.
The 16 year-old MSA Academy student has enjoyed a successful 2016 season, taking his underpowered Nissan Micra to numerous podium results, and now lying second overall in the ultra-competitive championship.
With two rallies to go, Tommi and co-driver Gareth Hooper will want to take an overall rally win to end their time together in junior competition on a high.
“2016 has been a good season for me and winning the UK Young Rally Driver of the Year award has just topped it off,” said Meadows.
“It’s great to see that my efforts are being recognised internationally. It’s not easy to fight at the top with underpowered machinery compared to your rivals, and sometimes you underestimate the risks that you are having to take in order to stay on the pace that’s needed.”
The team now face two rallies in as many weekends, as they finish off the season at Cadwell Park and Anglesey.
Meadows would like to thank Proflex UK, Sagar Insurances, A-Frame Engineering, DMACK, Zenith Racing, Pacenote, Rallytech and TAROX.