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Cave secures third in class and Richard Burns Trophy

Massive fight-back nets Tom Cave third in class on the Rally of Great Britain – and the Richard Burns Trophy.
A huge fight-back by teenage rally driver Tom Cave netted him third place in the N3 class of this year's Rally of Great Britain.

Cave and co-driver Craig Parry were also the fifth two wheel-drive finisher, despite losing 25 minutes in the first day after a slow roll, and at the finish the 17-year-old was honoured to be presented with the prestigious Richard Burns Trophy.

"It's been a tough weekend, that's for sure. I'm obviously disappointed to have rolled and lost the time but it didn't really knock me back," he reflected. "I tried to claw back as much time as possible on Saturday and I think I drove without making any mistakes. The car was working really well, despite losing fourth gear on the third stage of the day but overall, very good.

"The conditions have been very tricky all weekend and I think that's probably part of the reason I made the mistake on Friday that ended with the roll. There were heavy showers this morning and on the last couple of stages, there were some very big rocks in the road that we had to avoid. It was very rough but all things considered, a good weekend.

"Craig and I were talking on the way back down about what might have been if we hadn't rolled and we both feel that we should have been able to take the class win again. But mistakes happen and I can only kick myself for it.

"But the main thing was we finished - we fought through and got to the end. Davies Motorsport did a great job of making sure the car was spot on and the Yokohama tyres worked well for us, once again."

Cave was also delighted to receive the Richard Burns Trophy, presented to him on the finish ramp. The award is given by the organisers of Rally GB to the highest-placed, young, non-priority driver.

"It is a privilege to receive an award of such high standing, named in honour of one of my rally heroes. Receiving this award more than made up for not winning the class on the event - the trophy will take pride of place on the mantelpiece at the Trefeddian Hotel for the next year," he added.

Cave will now switch his focus to the Rally of Scotland, his final event of the year and also the final round of the 2009 Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

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