Dave Weston Jr has been describing the moment when he realised he had won the Richard Burns Trophy, for winning the Production Cup on his competitive debut in his new Subaru Impreza N2010 on Rallye Sunseeker.
Having spent less than one day testing the new car before the event, the 19-year-old had a relatively trouble free day to win by 29.4 seconds ahead of fellow BRC competitor Jonny Greer.
"We had overshoots in the first two stages while I got the feel of the new car, and from there it was problem free," said Junior. "The car is fantastic and we had a great battle with Jonny throughout the day. It was good to be able to compare times with him as we're both doing BRC this year, so you hope it will give you an idea of how close we will be when we get to the first round on the Bulldog."
It was only after he had gone over the finish ramp having won the Production Cup that Junior and his co-driver Ieuan Thomas realised they had also won the Richard Burns Trophy. The prize, which was presented to Junior by Richard's co-driver Robert Reid, was presented in memory of Richard's stunning performance in the 1992 Mintex championship when he drove his Group N Subaru Legacy to second overall against Group A and B competition.
Junior won £1,000 and an invitation to take part in the rally staged at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.
"I couldn't believe we had won the Trophy," said Junior when the news sank in. "It's fantastic to win something in Richard's name because he is one of my idols. I remember watching him on television and hoping I could drive a rally car myself one day, it's a real honour to have won the trophy set up in remembrance of his performances on the stages. It took a while to sink in.
"The prize is amazing too. Everyone knows about the Goodwood Festival of Speed and how prestigious it is on the sporting calendar. The rally stage which they build for the event is supposed to be fantastic, so to be given the opportunity to take part in that, running alongside some of the best rally drivers in the world who usually flock to attend Goodwood, is amazing for me. I can't thank everyone at the Richard Burns Foundation and Rallye Sunseeker enough."