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Last weekend witnessed Walero ambassador and BRC race driver Tom Cave achieve his finest MSA British Rally Championship result this season with a second place in round four – the RSAC Scottish Rally.

The race comprised a distance of 62 competitive miles across eight stages within forests close to the host town of Dumfries. Along with co-driver James Morgan, Tom entered the race in good spirits; the pair having won the Plains Rally back in May now ready to pick up where they left off with sights set on that championship title.

During the first stage, Tom set the pace as the third-fastest competitor and proceeded to maintain the pace through to stage two, meaning he and James entered the first service halt in fourth place. Stage three threw them an unexpected curveball though when issues with the car led to loss of power and some much-needed attention. Thankfully, Spencer Sport and M-Sport engineers resolved the issue and before long Tom and James were back behind the wheel, resuming third-fastest again on stage five, before picking up seconds in stage six where they achieved the second-fastest time.

With organisers cancelling stage seven, all focus fell on the final stage; a 10.64-mile stint through a forest referred to as Mount Joe.
 Never one to disappoint, Tom set the quickest time by 4.5-seconds, securing a hard-earned second place.

“This result just goes to show that it’s not over until it’s over,” said Tom at the finish. “When the engine started to lose power we feared our challenge might be over, but a great job by the Spencer Sport and M-Sport engineers meant we were back in contention. We really pushed hard in the afternoon to make up for any lost time and I’m extremely pleased to have set the fastest time on the final stage and to have taken second place.

“It’s great for us to have gained a good haul of points on this event. Everything is going in the right direction at the moment: the car and the team, plus James and I as a partnership, so things are looking good for the remaining three rounds. I have to thank Spencer Sport, M-Sport, James and all of our supporters, especially Michelin and Tim Hoare for providing us with excellent tyres, advice and technical support.”

As an ambassador for Walero, Tom relies on our temperature-regulating base layers for maximum comfort and enhanced performance. He says, “In the hot, stressed environment of a rally car where temperatures reach 60°C, the last thing you need to worry about is feeling uncomfortable. Wearing Walero definitely gives me the edge, keeping both my body and therefore my mind cool in all conditions.”

This weekend’s result makes Tom and James the most consistent of all top-four BRC crews, shifting them up to third in the championship standings.

The next race takes place on the 9th & 10th of July at our distributor Nicky Grist’s, Stages Rally on and around the Epynt military ranges near Brecon, South Wales. A huge good luck to Tom and James for the upcoming event!

Ambassador Tom Cave and co-driver James Morgan Claim Victory in the 50th Plains Rally, May 2016.

Tom Cave and Team Win 50th Plains Rally, May 2016

The seven-stage event held on Saturday 14th May comprised 45 competitive miles, starting in Gartheiniog Forest and finishing in Welshpool, just 10 miles from Tom‘s home town in Aberdyfi; an advantage from the beginning.

The weather was bright and despite stages in North Wales Forests being dry and dusty, poor visibility caused by dust was unlikely to be an issue. The Aberdovey driver led with a strong start and along with co-driver, James Morgan, proceeded to win six of the event’s seven stages, crossing the finish line with a convincing margin of 27-seconds.

“I haven’t enjoyed a rally as much as this for a long time,” said Tom at the finish. “We entered the event to work on set ups and to test the Michelin tyres in competitive conditions – as well as make sure we kept ourselves match fit during the gap between BRC events. In fact, everything went so well, we quickly found ourselves in front and I’m delighted to have provided Spencer Sport with its first overall victory and to have won my home event.” 

Tom continues, “It’s clear from this result that all of us in the team are doing the right things and if we can continue the momentum into the next round of the BRC, then we’ve achieved what we wanted to achieve this weekend. I therefore have to thank the Spencer Sport team for providing me with such a fantastic car. It never missed a beat throughout the rally, and to thank James for his work and support inside the car.”

The team has been on an eight-week gap between the Pirelli Carlisle Rally and the RSAC Scottish Rally and Tom, James and the Spencer Sport team took the decision last week to enter the fourth round of the BTRDA Rally Series. With the weekend’s result, they (and us!) are very pleased they did!

As one of our brand ambassadors, we were thrilled to support Tom during the race. “Thanks to Walero for keeping me cool today #sweaty work.” – @tomcaveman7, instagram.

Tom Cave and Team Win 50th Plains Rally, May 2016

The next event for Tom, James and the Spencer sport team is the RSAC Scottish Rally that starts and finishes in Dumfries and takes place on 25th June.