Rising teenage star Tom Llewellin gets his very busy 2018 season underway later this month when he contests the opening round of the Toyo Tyres MSA British Rallycross Championship at Silverstone on March 17.
The 16-year-old from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire will be contesting the Swift Sport Championship for Peter Gwynne Motorsport (PGM) as part of a planned 16-strong grid. It follows on from his successes last year which saw him win the MSA Junior Championship in a PGM Swift before moving up to the Swift Sport Championship for the final round at Croft whereby he sensationally took outright victory.
In addition to his rallycross exploits, Tom will also be contesting the Swift Shining Stars Rally Series which will consist of eight championship rounds with a mix of both gravel and tarmac rallies. However, the BRC 2017 Driver of the Year will have to wait until round three of the series before making his debut as he doesn’t turn 17 until late April meaning he can’t drive on the road sections of the events!
That means that he and co-driver Ross Whittock will make their debut on the RSAC Scottish Rally in May on events which have been selected to offer a variety of challenges, with good quality stages miles making it an ideal platform for drivers to develop skills and enable talented teams to shine.
Over the winter, Tom, son of double British Rally Champion David, and who made his rallying debut in the Junior F1000 Championship back in 2015, has been hard at work preparing the Suzuki Swift he’ll use at the Peter Gwynne Motorsport workshops which Tom insisted on doing in his spare time, in between his academic studies and helping out on the family farm.
Tom Llewellin: “It’s going to be a busy year and I’m excited to be moving up to the Swift Sport Championship after racing at Croft. The cars have more power and it’s a big step up from what I’m used to but I’m really looking forward to the opening round at the new track at Silverstone. It’s a shame I’ll miss the opening two rounds of the rally series due to my age but with eight rounds counting out of the ten included, it’s possible to do well. It will be great to get into the forests and I’m looking forward to the challenge, especially the events in Wales. Thanks to Peter and Sarah at PGM and to my family and sponsors for making it all possible.”
Pictures attached courtesy of www.rallycrossbrx.com