Teenage rally driver Tom Cave will tackle the last rally of his 2010 campaign next weekend, when he competes in the finale of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.
The 18 year-old, who will again be at the wheel of his works-specification Proton Satria Neo S2000, is planning a short test to shake the car down after its rebuild following his last outing on the Rally of Scotland - but he knows this may have little bearing on the event itself.
Cave and co-driver Craig Parry are currently seeded as the 49th car on the road, meaning that by the time they tackle the stages, particularly on the first day, they could well be in very rough conditions, after the passing of 48 cars ahead of them. Due to this, and the nature of the stages on Friday, the first full day of the event, the approach will be a tactical one.
"I'm not nervous as such but a little apprehensive of what the conditions will be like on the stages by the time we get there,” he conceded.
“We're 49th on the road, the stages on Friday tend to cut up and there's only a remote service halfway through the day. So the plan has to be take it steady, make sure we get back to Cardiff on Friday evening with no problems and see where we are."
Cave hopes that he might be in a better road position in Saturday if he can get through Friday's action with no problems.
In addition, he knows the south Wales stages reasonably well and feels that the roads on Saturday and Sunday will give him the best opportunity to push for a solid result.
"The stages on Saturday, like Crychan and Halfway, are really nice - flowing and good to push on. So hopefully, if things are going well, we'll push a bit harder and see what we can do,” he continued.
"The Davies Motorsport team has been working really hard since Scotland to get the car sorted and I really want a clean run and a solid finish.
"I'm definitely looking forward to getting out in the car again and really want to end this season with a good result. It's been a bit of a rollercoaster this year but I think that Wales Rally GB should give us a good chance to show what we can do," he concluded.