Teenager Tom Cave will be tackling his second Rally GB before his 18th birthday next week, as the youngster aims to at least repeat the performance he showed on his debut last year.
Cave became the youngest driver in the history of the event last year and celebrated his debut on a WRC event with a class win in the N3 category – coming home 15 minutes clear of his nearest rival.
Ahead of his second outing in the event, Cave admitted he was pleased to see an improved weather forecast compared to twelve months ago although he admitted that it could make his fight for class honours more difficult.
"At the moment, it looks like the conditions won't be as bad as they were last year," he said. "But this is Rally GB we're talking about, so anything can happen! If it is drier and warmer, then I think the playing field in our class will be more even than it was and I expect to have to fight to achieve a good result.
"Having said that, if it does come wet, then the experience I gained last year, as well as a little local knowledge, will hopefully serve me well.
"Last year was obviously a dream result for me - I couldn't have imagined it could be as good as that. This year, it will be impossible to top but my objective is to try to win the class again and show that the result last year and the speed we have shown this year are genuinely what we are capable of and not flashes in the pan.”
Cave added that his plan was to take things easy on the opening day of the event before then starting to push on the second day in an attempt to fight at the front of his class.
"The plan will be to take things easy on Friday, as with no main service and only a remote, it would be easy to lose the rally if we have any problems,” he said. “Saturday is then the day to push, either to extend an advantage or to close up on the other competitors. I have Craig Parry in the car with me again this weekend so it may take a little while to settle into the rhythm but after seeing how it worked in Poland earlier this year, I'm confident that it won't take too long."