Dave Weston Junior impressed on his tarmac rallying debut when the Aberdeen teenager ran inside the top ten overall throughout last Sunday's Welsh International Rally over the notoriously tricky Epynt Military Ranges - until the final stage

Conscious of the fearsome reputation of the ranges MSA Rally Academy member Weston approached the opening loop of stages with caution and after making some setup changes to the William Whyte Cargo Handlers and Coltel Communications backed Impreza N14 the young British Rally Championship regular began setting top three times in the Production Class.

Heading into the final stage of the rally Weston, who was reunited with Aled Davies, was lying sixth overall and only 14 seconds off of a top five finish. However a delay in starting the stage meant that Weston was running on cold tyres and when he approached the first true corner of the stage the car spun around, went off the road and dug into the undergrowth, rolling over a number of times.

Fortunately the pair were uninjured but their rally was over.

"To come to Epynt for the first time and set those times with a car that was not set up perfectly for the conditions is really impressive," co-driver Davies said. "Dave also made his own notes for the first time and I'm very impressed with how he has developed. The roll was unfortunate but it is all part of the learning curve."

The pair now travel to the Isle of Man to conduct the recce for this weekends Manx Telecom National Rally before returning to competition on the Jim Clark International Rally which takes place in Duns, Scotland on the 22nd of May.

by Geoff Mayes