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Reigning MSA Junior Rallycross champion Tom Llewellin ended his season in fine style by taking victory in the final round of the 2018 Swift Sport Championship at Silverstone at the weekend.

The 17 year old from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire was battling for runner-up spot in the series after losing out on the title at the previous round and was once again driving for Peter Gwynne Motorsport (PGM) in the Suzuki Swift.

The day started off with third place in the opening heat from the back row of the grid which he followed up with second place in heat two. Things didn’t go as planned in his third heat, however, when a clash with another competitor saw the car sustain damage to the steering but he’d done enough to qualify for the semi-final.

A second place in that race placed him onto the second row for the all-important final whereby with the help of an early ‘joker’ lap, he took the lead and was never headed as he took a brilliant victory which cemented his second place in the series in his debut season.

Prior to Silverstone on the Saturday, the Welsh teenager was in action in a Ford Escort Mk 2 at Builth Wells for the Builth Stages Rally where he finished a commendable second in class on the slippery event organised by Herefordshire Motor Club.

Tom Llewellin: “I had a very busy weekend which started in an historic MK 2 Ford Escort at the Builth Stages Rally where I finished in a very pleasing second in class in very slippery conditions and having to learn the art of rear wheel drive before moving onto the final round of the MSA British Rallycross Championship at Silverstone. I had a good run through practice getting back used to the front wheels driving and was happy with third in heat one from the back of the grid and then went on to get second in heat two. The third heat didn’t go so well following contact with a fellow competitor which resulted with a broken wishbone and a DNF. This put me back in the middle of the grid for the semi-finals where I managed to climb up to second and saw me on the second row for the final. I had a good start and was fourth out of the first corner and then third half way round the first lap. I then decided to take an early joker and had some clean air to get my head down and get some good laps in
which brought me out in front, which I maintained as the others jokered, to give me the win and second place in the championship. Thanks to Peter, Sarah and the whole PGM team and my family and sponsors for a fantastic season.”

​For further information, please visit http://www.swiftseries.com and http://www.swiftrallycross.com. Follow Tom on https://www.facebook.com/TomLlewellinRallying/

Picture attached courtesy of Andy Ellis

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