11 September 2012
Cave excited by home outing
Tom Cave ready to fly the flag for Wales on the British round of the WRC season
Tom Cave will fly the flag for Wales when he returns to Wales Rally GB for the fourth time this weekend.
Cave will be making his second outing as a works driver for the factory PROTON Motorsports team and is the only Welsh driver on the entry list for the international event.
Having secured a dominant victory in Thailand on his first outing for the team, Cave will now aim to help the team as it seeks to strengthen its lead in the Super 2000 World Rally Championship, which it currently leads with PG Andersson.
"I am incredibly excited, and of course honoured, to be contesting my home round of the FIA World Rally Championship with PROTON,” he said. “Craig and I are also very proud to be the only Welshmen contesting the event, which takes place entirely within our home nation.
"It will be fantastic to be back in the Proton; I really enjoyed driving our Satria Neo S2000 in 2010 - it really suited my style - and of course, was delighted to win in Thailand with the team, so to get a second opportunity is amazing.
"Wales Rally GB is one of my favourite events - it's my home round of the WRC and having done the event three times before, I know a little of what the conditions and the stages can be like.”
Cave added that the fact that the event has been moved forward compared to in previous years would provide a different challenge to the three times he has competed in the past.
"We appear to be having something of an Indian summer at the moment and as the event is around a month earlier than normal, hopefully the weather conditions will be a little better than we have seen in previous years,” he said. “The long-range weather forecast looks like mainly dry with some light rain in the build-up to the event but certainly warmer than we have been used to - well into double figures.
"I think this will probably make the event faster than we have seen, with more grip from the drier stages. I think it will also make it more competitive, as when the conditions are very bad, a little local knowledge can be useful but better weather makes for a more even field.
"I didn't do the event last year, when it changed the route considerably, so I'm looking forward to this year. It's a shame the Great Orme road isn't used in 2012 but in the main, the stages are ones I have some knowledge of so we're not starting from scratch.
"The brief is to provide a support role to PG, who is leading the SWRC at the moment. I know that the S2000 class will be very competitive - there are nine S2000 cars, 11 if you include the two VW Motorsport Skodas, so it's not going to be an easy weekend by any stretch but we're definitely looking forward to it and the challenge."
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