The first season of competition in Latvia for Junior Rallying, the scheme to develop the next generation of British rallying talent, is approaching its conclusion.
Next weekend sees four young British drivers compete in the last round of the Latvian RallySprint championship, the Aizpute Rally but hopefully, not their last event in Latvia this year.
Three of the four drivers are approaching the end of 'Phase 2' of the Junior Rallying programme, which sees them contest the RallySprint championship.
Star of the season so far has to be 15 year-old Tom Clark, who has started and finished five events, improving his finishing position with each and every rally. For this event, he will again be partnered by co-driver Aggie Foster and driving his Suzuki Swift Cup car, as he looks to maintain his 100 per cent finishing rate.
Two more familiar names from Junior Rallying, Jamie Brown and Conor Flynn will also be competing next weekend. Jamie will again drive his Honda Civic while Conor will switch to a 205 Cup-specification Peugeot 205.
Built to the same design as the cars competing in the one-make series in the UK organised by his father Pat, he feels that familiarity and the car's specification will be better suited to the Latvian stages than the Mk3 Volkswagen Golf he has used so far.
Dom Scott will not be competing next weekend, since a rally car failure on the previous round, compounded by a breakdown of the team's service vehicle on the return trip means that the necessary infrastructure is not available to allow him to run. Despite the disappointment, he is keen to continue his competition in Latvia for next season, in the National championship.
Junior Rallying figurehead Tom Cave will also be competing, as he seeks another signature for his license, which will move him one step closer to his international license and the next stage of his rallying career. His success in the two years he has competed in Latvia clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of the scheme, giving young British drivers the best possible start in the sport of rallying.
While Tom Cave is well-known to the Latvian Automobile Federation, the motorsport governing body in the Baltic state, the other Junior Rallying drivers have also been getting themselves noticed. With five finishes already this season, Tom Clark has already been invited to take part in the final round of the National Rally Championship, Rally Latvia in October. Tom is understandably excited about going head-to-head with the best drivers in Latvia on the flagship event, a full multi-day rally.