AFTER two previous outings in the car, it is now confirmed that Tom Cave will drive a New Generation Hyundai i20 R5 on the fourth round of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, the Belgium-based Ypres Rally this weekend.
It is also confirmed that the Aberdyfi driver will compete in the same car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed a week later.
After an impressive display of speed during the early stages of the Pirelli and Scottish rallies, rounds two and three of the British Rally Championship, Cave is pleased to be continuing his association with the Hyundai for the two events.
“It’s great to be back in the Hyundai for the next round of the BRC,” Cave said.
“Having won every stage we’ve started in the car, it’s clear that it has the pace to win, so it’s going to be exciting to drive it competitively for the first time on asphalt.
“Because of the way our campaign is structured this season, we can only confirm each event as it gets closer to the day, so it’s great to be able to announce two events together this time. Of course, I’m hoping to continue to drive the Hyundai for the rest of the season and I really want to show what the car is capable of.”
Cave and James Morgan, in the New Generation Hyundai i20 R5, had proved their potential to win a Prestone MSA British Rally Championship round, when they led the RSAC Scottish Rally during the early stages of the event last month.
Having driven a perfectly judged first leg, they accrued a 9.9-second advantage on the Friday, only to retire on Saturday when the car lost a wheel on stage three.
The Ypres Rally represents the first of three all-asphalt events in the British Rally Championship season and the first time Cave and his co-driver James Morgan from Hirwaun, will have completed on a non-gravel surface in the Hyundai.
Held over closed public roads in the West Flanders area, the event also marks the first time the British Championship has ever featured a point-scoring round outside the UK, apart from the Circuit of Ireland that had stages in the Republic.
As soon as the car returns from Belgium, it will be re-prepared and converted back to gravel specification in readiness for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This globally famous occasion that attracts the best names in motorsport from all over the world, features a specially constructed rally stage on, which Cave has been invited to compete by the event organisers.
“It’s a real privilege to be invited to take part in this prestigious event,” said Cave.
“I’ve competed at the Festival of Speed before and it’s a great experience, so I’m delighted that I’m going be showcasing the i20 R5 in such a high profile event.”
The car will be prepared and run on both occasions by Dom Buckley RSC.
Tom Cave’s BRC campaign is being supported by the Trefeddian Hotel, DMACK Tyres, Walero UK and Atech Racing.