WRC TV commentator Neil Cole enjoyed his second rally co-driving experience, alongside Tom Cave, at the Richard Burns Memorial Rally.
The pair finished the event 14th overall (out of 51 finishers) and sixth in class (out of 20 finisher), having faced far faster machinery than their Group N Ford Fiesta on the single-venue rally at RAF Marham.
“It's been great fun. The atmosphere is fantastic, it's a very well run event and the cooperation with the RAF to have one of the biggest live air-bases in the country give up is weekend is incredible,” said Cole, who presents digital TV channel Dave's coverage of the FIA World Rally Championship. “There are already these huge skid-marks on the runway from the Tornados taking off and landing, then we come along and add our little ones. Great fun.
“I think one thing is obvious from this weekend – Tom is very talented. These guys who rally as a hobby and as enthusiasts are looking at Tom, who's not even 18 yet, his braking points and his lines and these are the lines of a professional. I think Tom's potential is huge and I've definitely learned a lot. I only made a few mistakes and we've only been on the grass a couple of times and we didn't properly hit any obstacles. I really enjoyed it.”
“It's been a great weekend; Neil was really good on the notes and has been very professional,” declared Cave. “The car has worked perfectly – Davies Motorsport did a great job getting the car ready and we've had no problems at all. It's only my third tarmac rally and I'm very pleased with the result we got.
“I'd never thought about a career in the military before this weekend but I have to say, seeing the planes up close and the Red Arrows fly-by, maybe piloting a fighter could be the only thing to rival driving a rally car…”