Tom Cave Racing

 
 

I first got into rally driving at the age of 13, because my dad competed at a national/clubman level. I started off helping out the team of mechanics that worked for my dad and gradually became more and more interested in the sport. My first experience driving was in a Mk2 Escort at Higgins’ rally school in Mid Wales, where I received tuition from Tony Higgins. It was clear from early on that I had a natural ability to drive so we wrote to various rallying associations to see which countries would allow me to compete at such a young age..


In 2007 I entered the Latvian Rally Sprint Championship in an MGZR Group N specification rally car; I was limited to taking part in four rounds of this championship as I was also in the middle of my GCSEs, which were another priority.


In 2008 I upgraded to the Latvian National Rally Championship and competed in a Fiesta ST (built by M-Sport). The aim of this year was to gain my International Latvian license and to do so I had to successfully complete six rounds of the championship. At the end of 2008 I became the youngest ever competitor to take part in Wales Rally GB – after passing my test just 5 days before – and went on to win my class by 15 minutes.


In 2009 I wanted to gain some International experience, so took part in Rally Latvia and Rally of Scotland where I had a class win as well as a number of fastest stage times on both events, finishing eighth overall in the championship. I also competed in three WRC events where I got the opportunity to compete against well-known driver, Craig Breen.


In 2010 I decided to return to the IRC and took part in the iconic Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo in the Fiesta ST, before beginning a campaign in the ex-Alister McRae Proton Satria Neo Super2000 rally car, alongside the Proton Motorsports works team, with available advice from both Chris Atkinson and Alister McRae.


In 2011 I competed in the BTRDA and became the Production Cup Champion as well as winning the BTRDA Junior Driver award. I also decided to contest the opening round of the BRC; Rallye Sunseeker in a JRM Mitsubishi Evo 10, where I claimed second overall. I then went on to take part in three more rounds of the BRC. I finished the 2011 season driving a Mitsubishi World Rally Car on the Cambrian Stages and finished the event second overall.


In 2012 I decided to compete in the full British Rally Championship, taking part in every round and starting off on Rallye Sunseeker in a Fiesta R2 and continuing the rest of the championship in a Citroen DS3 R3. I went on to win the Bulldog International Rally of Wales and the International Rally of Yorkshire, finishing second overall in the BRC and first in the Citroen Junior Trophy. I finished every round of the BRC and won the Pirelli Star Driver award for my driving on the Bulldog. Alongside the BRC I took part in several other events including Mid Wales Stages and the Bill Gwynne Coracle Stages, both of which I won overall.


This year I was also given the opportunity to drive for the Proton Works Team on two occasions; the first being the International Rally of Thailand where I competed in a Proton Satria Neo S2000 and won the event outright. The second was Wales Rally GB alongside works driver PG Andersson, where I finished second in the SWRC class behind Craig Breen and 14th overall.


In 2013, Ieuan Thomas joined me as co-driver and we took part in the MSA British Rally Championship for the second year, in the Citroen DS3, run by DMS. We secured support from Morris Lubricants and the company also supported a one-off appearance in Wales Rally GB in a Ford Fiesta R5 car. Despite penalties due to technical work taking too long, we won five of the six stages in WRC2 on the first full day and set consistently top three times for the rest of the event.


In 2014, Craig Parry will rejoin me in the car, as we tackle the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. This five-round series uses identical R2 Ford Fiestas run by M-Sport and the prize is a fully-funded, seven-round season in the 2015 WRC2.

What you should know

tunes i love to drive to:

  1. 1.Stereophonics

  2. 2.Take That

  3. 3.Ed Sheeran

  4. 4.James Blunt



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