25 Nov 08
Welshman Tom Cave passed his practical driving test today (Tuesday 25th) and when he goes over the Wales Rally GB start ramp on Thursday 4th December he will be - at 17 years and 18 days - the youngest ever driver on Britain's round of the WRC.
His examiner noted only seven minor faults (up to a maximum of 15 are acceptable to gain a pass) and attributed some to Tom being ‘over confident’.
The teenager from Aberdyfi has been competing on special stage rallies in Latvia for the past two years where local laws allowed him to drive the Special Stages but not on public roads. For the liaison sections his co-driver, Wolverhampton-born Gemma Price, took the wheel.
Speaking after the test, Tom said: “I’m delighted to pass my test today. It was the last hurdle to get over before I could take the start of Wales Rally GB and it’s a huge relief to have it out of the way. Now I can concentrate on the rally and my preparations for the most important motorsport event of my life.”
"Our objective for Wales Rally GB is simple; to bring our Group N Ford Fiesta ST to the finish, ideally without using SupeRally. To complete the event on my first attempt, on the same stages as the best drivers on the world, would be an incredible feat for me and a perfect culmination of two years of competition in Latvia."