Dave Weston Junior has got his 2010 British Rally Championship preparations off to the perfect start by winning this weekend's Border Counties Rally.
Nineteen-year-old Junior won the Scottish Rally Championship event by 27 seconds yesterday, after putting in a relatively late entry funded by money won as part of the Richard Burns Trophy at Rallye Sunseeker in February.
"It's absolutely fantastic to win an event on home soil," said the Scottish driver. "I was brought up on the stages with my dad having been Scottish champion, so it's great to get the Weston name back on the winner's trophy on a championship round.
"We did have one heart stopping moment about two miles into the last stage though. We had a very heavy impact and actually damaged the exhaust and the transmission, so I had to nurse the car back to the finish. But despite that, I feel I could have pushed harder in other places. However the BRC is my priority for this year, so I tried to hold back a bit as I had to make sure I kept the car in one piece for the opening round, the Bulldog Rally, this coming weekend."
Junior's event win was also a special moment for one of the Border Counties organising team, Dave Robson, who has been both involved in the event and a friend of the Weston family since before Junior was born. Having co-driven for Dave Weston Senior many times, Robson has seen Junior grow up and even helped him ease into the sport by co-driving for him on several occasions.
It has been a successful year so far for Junior, having won the Production Cup on Rallye Sunseeker and now taken overall honours on the Border Counties.
"We switched to the new Subaru Impreza N2010 this year," said Junior. "To have achieved so much in it on our first two outings is a real boost. It would be great to win on the Bulldog Rally too obviously. Who knows what will happen there, but having the extra mileage from the Border Counties has definitely helped prepare me for what lies ahead in Wales. Myself and my co-driver Ieuan Thomas just can't wait to get onto the BRC stages and get started now."
Junior set the fastest time on two of the Border Counties' five stages and led from stage two until the end. He finished 27 seconds ahead of second placed driver Shaun Sinclair. Reigning Scottish rally champion David Bogie finished third.