The weekend saw a perfect end to the first full season of competition for drivers taking part in Junior Rallying, the scheme to develop the next generation of British Rally drivers.

Four of Junior Rallying's first stream completed this weekend's Aizpute Rally and with it, graduated to the next stage of their rallying careers.

The Aizpute Rally is the last round of the Latvian RallySprint Championship, which forms Phase Two of Junior Rallying, giving drivers from the age of 14 the chance to begin genuine rally competition in the Baltic state. From here, they graduate into the Latvian National Championship, on their way to securing an international rally license and the next stage of their career.

Junior Rallying figurehead Tom Cave was treating the event as a test, as he sought another signature on his license to allow him to secure his international license and with it, eligibility to enter his home round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB in December.

He enjoyed a relatively trouble-free run, with the Junior Rallying technicians rectifying a small gearbox fault before he adopted a steady pace to ensure he reached the finish of the event and notched up another signature. "I wasn't pushing this weekend, as the finish was my only objective," he said at the end of the event. He finished 42nd overall and eighth in class.

Tom Clark enjoyed yet another excellent event, now having recorded six finishes from the same number of starts and continued his run of improving his position with every rally. He was second in class following the event's double-run superspecial stage through the centre of the town on Saturday and despite several 'moments' on Sunday, including clipping a straw bale and damaging a front wing, was delighted to finish the event 39th overall and fourth in class, his best result to date.

"It's been another good event," he said. "It was a great relief to get through the rally and gain another finish. The superspecial in particular was great fun - lots of people, judging by the camera flashes all around us! I'm pleased we keep improving our results as we go - perhaps we'll win our class one day!"

Jamie Brown was another driver who started well and enjoyed a trouble-free run, to begin with. However, it was on the second loop of stages on Sunday afternoon where things went a little wrong for the 16 year-old. Having survived his own fair share of moments on the first loop, he hit a rock or a pothole in the second loop and punched both front and rear dampers on the left of his father's Honda Civic out through the top of the mountings.

He managed to complete the event, picking up a damaged exhaust system on the way but was pleased to arrive at the finish 53rd overall and 11th in class.

"I'm pleased we got to the end," he said. "I don't know what we hit to cause the damage but we did the rest of the stages with no dampers on the left of the car. Not the best end to the season for me, especially as Dad will probably kill me for damaging his car!"

The fourth driver was Conor Flynn, competing with a new co-driver, Steve McPhee and no on-event support from his father Pat, as he was organising an event in the UK. His was the most eventful rally of the four Junior Rallying drivers; on the first of the two superspecials, he hit a straw bale head-on, damaging the Peugeot 205's radiator. However, he was able to limp back to service so that the team could replace the radiator overnight and allow him to restart on Sunday morning.

On Sunday's first loop of stages though, his Peugeot suffered mechanical problems that led to him running last car on the road. However, the car was repaired for the final loop of stages and he eventually reached the finish ramp 69th overall and 16th in class.

"I'm pleased it all worked out with Steve this weekend," he said. "The stages were excellent - technical and fast and really good fun."

Since all four drivers finished the event, they are all now eligible to compete on Rally Latvia, the final round of the National Championship in two weeks' time. Toms Cave and Clark have already decided to compete and Conor and Jamie have yet to decide if they will return to Latvia for the nation's flagship rally.

"This has been a fantastic weekend and an excellent way to end our first season in the Latvian RallySprint championship," Junior Rallying Manager Gemma Price said. "The fact that four of our drivers are eligible to compete on the flagship event demonstrates the huge wealth of talent in the next generation of British drivers. All of our drivers have been welcomed with open arms in Latvia and I hope that we will see all four of them compete on the final round of the national championship in two weeks, to give Tom Clark, Conor and Jamie a taste of what's to come next year."