Preston MSA British Rally Championship
||Visit Conwy Cambrian
Rally, Llandudno, Wales
||Quality Hotel West Cork Rally, Clonakilty, Republic
|| 16/17 March
||Pirelli International Rally, Carlisle, England
|| 27 April
||Renties Ypres Rally, Ypres, Belgium
||Ulster Rally, Antrim, Northern Ireland
|| 17 August
||The Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, Castle Douglas,
PRESS RELEASE: 15 September 2019
Perfect performance in Scotland provides
Tom with third British Rally Championship victory of the
British Rally Championship Round Six
Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally – Castle Douglas, Scotland
Cave delivered a perfect performance on Saturday’s
(14th September) Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally by setting
the fastest time on all of the event’s eight stages
and in doing so, recorded his third victory of the season
by nearly a minute. It was all he and co-driver Dale Bowen
could do in order to give themselves the best chance of
claiming this year’s British title, but with their
main rivals Matt Edwards/Patrick Walsh finishing third,
it meant they end the season in second place.
Based in the forests of southwest Scotland,
the sixth and final round of this year’s British Rally
Championship comprised nine stages and 71 competitive miles
over some of the most demanding gravel roads in the UK.
With Edwards ahead on points following round five, it meant
that if he finished seventh or higher, even if Tom won the
rally, Edwards would still secure the title.
As cars set off from the start near Castle
Douglas on a bright and sunny morning, Tom knew what he
had to do to give himself the best chance of securing the
title. And he did just that. Stage-after-stage, he and Dale
set the pace, posting fastest time after fastest time, never
putting a foot wrong in the process. The Michelin tyres
worked well and the Philip Case Rallysport prepared Hyundai
– which had been rebuilt following the previous round
– ran faultlessly.
With organisers cancelling the ninth and final
stage, Tom and Dale crossed the finish line having set eight
out of eight fastest times to record their third British
Rally Championship victory of the season. They ended the
day 54.9 seconds ahead of Jonny Greer/Dai Roberts and 2
minutes 16 seconds ahead of Edwards/ Walsh, who had also
done exactly what they needed to do and finished third.
At the finish, Tom said:
“To be quickest on all the stages and
win without any problems is the best result you can hope
for. We pushed from the start and did everything we could
today to keep a grip on the title, but the difference in
points between Matt and I was just too much. We didn’t
lose the title today, it was the DNFs on round one, the
Cambrian Rally and round five in Ulster that set us back.
“To have completely rebuilt the Hyundai
in three weeks following our off in Ulster – and then
for it to run faultlessly throughout this event –
is a fantastic achievement and testimony to the PCRS team’s
hard work and professionalism. Today’s win is for
“After three victories – one on
asphalt and two on gravel – we’ve proved that
the Hyundai i20 R5 is capable of winning in the British
Rally Championship. And whilst we didn’t quite get
our hands on the title, it’s great to have finished
the season on a high.”
“There are so many people I would like
to thank for making our 2019 British Rally Championship
campaign happen: Trailhead Fine Foods and its Get Jerky
snack brand, Cambrian Training, Hyundai Motorsport Customer
Racing Michelin Motorsport, Shukers Hyundai of Aberystwyth
Ponsse UK, H.N. Nuttall Foodservice, Go Fetch Ltd, Intervino
and Atech Racing. We couldn’t have done it without
Tom now looks forward to his next challenge,
the Wales Rally GB – Britain’s round of the
World Rally Championship – that takes place between
3rd and 6th October.
PRESS RELEASE: 28 April 2019
Two in a row for Tom! Cave claims
2nd British Rally Championship win of the season on the
Pirelli International Rally
Cave achieved exactly what he set out to do this weekend,
when he recorded his second British Rally Championship victory
in succession by winning Saturday’s (27th April) Pirelli
International Rally. He and co-driver Dale Bowen took the
lead after stage two and went on to win the third round
of the season by an impressive margin of 17.6 seconds –
a result that sees Tom top the championship’s drivers
table by seven points at the season’s halfway point.
Following a victory on an asphalt surface
last time out, Tom was eager to do the same on gravel. However,
with competition coming from top UK drivers such as Matt
Edwards in a Ford Fiesta and David Bogie and Rhys Yates
in Skoda Fabias – plus the appearance of Finish driver
Jari Huttenen in an identical PCRS-run Hyundai 120 R5 to
that of Tom’s – it was never going to be a straightforward
Following the showcase start at the Pirelli
factory on the outskirts of Carlisle, teams headed into
Kielder Forest for the first of the day’s six stages.
Taking into account a slow puncture and a misting windscreen
in the damp conditions, Tom and Dale were pleased to emerge
from the opening run in second place, just 1.4 seconds behind
But at the end of the second stage the tables
were turned, when the Fin spun and dropped 20 seconds. Tom
and Dale set the fastest time and consequently, entered
the first service halt of the day 15.3 seconds ahead of
their closest rivals, Matt Edwards/Patrick Walsh.
Another good run for the Welsh pair through
stage three was only briefly interrupted when they caught
and passed Edwards/Walsh who had sustained two punctures
– a factor that not only dropped the round-one winners
down the leaderboard, but eventually led to their retirement.
Another fastest time through stage four meant
that when they arrived at the second service halt, Tom and
Dale were 20.5 seconds ahead of second-placed Yates and
Tom’s co-driver in West Cork James Morgan.
It was now a case of consolidation and taking
clean lines through the corners in order to minimise the
risk of punctures for the event’s remaining two stages
– and that’s exactly what Tom and Dale did.
Following a perfectly executed final two runs, they arrived
at the finish control in Brampton a few miles east of Carlisle,
a convincing 17.6 seconds ahead of Yates/Morgan and a further
21.9 seconds ahead of David Bogie/John Rowan in third.
“It’s great to have scored two
wins on the bounce, especially one on asphalt and one on
gravel. I haven’t won the Pirelli International Rally
before, so I’m pleased to have laid that spectre to
rest. Things really went according to plan and, after taking
the lead on stage two, it was a case of managing the gap
for the rest of the day.
“The car ran faultlessly throughout
the event and I have to thank the PCRS team for all their
hard work. This result is testimony to their efforts. Also
helping us achieve what we did today were the Michelin tyres
that worked extremely well in the ever-changing weather
and surface conditions.
“I’m also pleased for Dale too,
as this was his very first outright rally win and I have
to thank him for doing such a fantastic job not only in
the car, but during the lead up to the rally as well.
“It’s great to now lead the championship
with three rallies done and three more to go. The race for
the title is now well and truly on!”
The fourth round of the British Rally Championship
sees competitors head overseas for the second all-asphalt
surface encounter of the season, the Renties Ypres Rally.
This hugely popular, high profile, annual Belgian event
takes place over two days on 28th & 29th June.
PRESS RELEASE: 18 February 2019
Tom delivers front-running performance
until misfortune strikes at the final hurdle
British Rally Championship Round One –
Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally – 16th February 2019
On the opening round of this year’s
British Rally Championship – Saturday’s (16th
February) Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally – Tom Cave and
co-driver Dale Bowen clearly established themselves as title
contenders, when they delivered an impressive front-running
performance on all of the event’s ten stages. However,
three punctures in the final two stages meant they were
unable to complete the road section to the finish line in
Llandudno – an underserved end to an otherwise well-judged
and faultless day’s competition.
For Tom (from Aberdovey), the Northwest Wales
event represented the start of new season, in a new car,
with a new co-driver, who is relishing the opportunity of
contesting a full season in this year’s British Rally
Championship. Following a highly successful test earlier
in the week when he drove the PCRS prepared Hyundai i20
R5 on Michelin tyres for the first time, he and Dale (from
Hirwaun) were well prepared to hit the ground running for
the first of Saturday’s stages in forests that are
synonymous with rallying in the region.
And hit the ground running they did, posting
the third-fastest time in the opening stage, a performance
that saw the Welsh pair just 3.2 seconds off the then leaders
David Bogie/John Rowan and 0.8 seconds from 2018 British
Champion Matt Edwards with co-driver Patrick Walsh. Tom
and Dale then went on to set equal fastest-time on SS2 and
second-fastest on SS3, which meant they held second place
– just 5.2 seconds from Edwards/Walsh – when
they booked in to the first service halt of the day in Llandudno.
Tom reported all was going exceptionally well,
although the stages were more slippery than expected, with
varying levels of grip.
With the onset of rain during the second loop
of four stages, traction became even more of an issue. Even
so, Tom and Dale continued to set top-three times before
booking into the second service halt, where the PCRS team
fitted spot lamps and a set of softer-compound tyres for
the final three-stage loop in the evening.
The nighttime encounter began well, with Tom
and Dale beating Edwards/Walsh – who were now in the
lead – by nearly two seconds through stage eight.
Although being slowed by a puncture about a mile from the
finish of SS9, Tom and Dale still held on to their second
place as they lined up to start the tenth and final stage.
However, just half-a-mile into the 4.81-mile
run through Elsi Forest, a second puncture beset the Hyundai
crew, the tyre loosing all of its air immediately. Nevertheless,
Tom managed to get the car to the end of the stage and even
with the consequential loss of time, he and Dale were fifth
and still in a valuable point scoring position.
But there was more frustration to come, when
a third puncture manifested itself during the transit section
on the way back to the finish control in Llandudno and,
with no more spare wheels available, they had no choice
but to retire with just a few road miles left to go. It
was not the result that the team had anticipated or indeed
deserved, following a performance that had all but assured
a podium finish, as Tom explains:
“I just can’t believe our rally
ended that way. I’ve never experienced three punctures
in an event before – let along in two stages!
“However, I’m really pleased with
the way things went up until that point. Considering it
was the first time in this car, my first event since October’s
Wales Rally GB and Dale and I’s first rally together
at this level, to be in with a shot of the lead and claim
two fastest times, really sets the scene for the season
“We’ll now investigate what happened,
take on board the positives – of which there were
many – and regroup so that we’re even better
prepared when we travel to Ireland next month.”
The second round of the British Rally Championship
is the Clonakilty-based West Cork Rally, which takes place
on 15th & 16th March and provides the first asphalt
encounter of the season.
Tom’s 2019 British Rally Championship
campaign is supported by: Trailhead Fine Foods (Get Jerky),
Cambrian Training, Michelin Motorsport, H.N. Nuttall Foodservice,
Atech Racing, Walero and Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing.
PRESS RELEASE: 8 February 2019
Tom confirms 2019 British Rally Championship
Welsh Rally driver Tom Cave is pleased to
confirm that he will compete for honours in this year’s
British Rally Championship. He will contest all of the season’s
six rounds behind the wheel of a Hyundai i20 R5, supplied
and prepared by the PCRS team that ran a similar car for
Tom on the Wales Rally GB in October.
The 2019 British Rally Championship season
kicks off on Saturday 16th February with the Visit Conwy
Cambrian Rally, when Tom will be joined by fellow Welshman
Dale Bowen as co-driver.
“We’ve been working hard behind
the scenes to make this year happen, so I’m delighted
that everything has come together just in time for the first
round and I really have to thank everyone who is supporting
our campaign this season.
“Having been runner up in 2012 and 2016
and third in 2013, the British Championship is something
I would really like on my CV, so it’s great to have
the opportunity to challenge for the title this year.”
Support for the season comes from Trailhead
Fine Foods, who teamed up with Tom for last year’s
Rally GB to launch their new Get Jerky range of snacks.
Also continuing their backing from 2018 is Manchester-based
HN Nuttall Foodservice, Atech Racing and Walero. Adding
their names to the list of supporting partners are Michelin
Motorsport and Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing.
“Philip Case Rally Sport are supplying
and running the car for the whole season. We worked very
well together on Rally GB, so it makes complete sense to
continue the association.
“I’m delighted to be back in a
Hyundai and, after my previous outings in the i20, I feel
very much at home in the car. With the upgrades that have
been made over the two years since I first drove it on the
Pirelli Rally in 2017, I think we can really push for the
title this year. I can’t wait to get started, especially
as the first round is my home event!”
The Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally gets underway
at 8.00am from Mostyn Street in Llandudno. Tom and Dale
will be the fourth British Championship crew to leave the
start before heading into a series of North Wales forests
that are synonymous with the sport of rallying.
The route, which comprises 66 competitive
miles, features three stages in the morning followed by
a service halt in Llandudno. A further five stages take
place in the afternoon followed by another service halt
and, for BRC competitors, an additional two nighttime stages
before the event finishes where it began later that evening.