Back in 2015, Maesteg and District Motor Club received enquiries about the running of its next Autotest from a Dad in Rudbaxton who was keen for his son to get enough signatures to allow him to gain a Competition License. As their next event was a few weeks away, Pembrokeshire Motor Club put one on especially for 14 year old so that he could then compete on his first rally, The McCrae Stages at Knockhill.
Now 19, Tom Llewellin’s results have gained him success at Championship level, including becoming the IPS Paint Rally Challenge Junior Champion, and the pinnacle of his short career, the Welsh National 2 wheel drive title. This is a source of great pride as Dad David took the then Autosport National title back in 1984.
Tom has had little time for extra hobbies apart from regular sessions at the shooting range based at the family farm run by brothers Luke and Ben. The farm has kept him occupied during his enforced rally lay off. Apart from tending the herd of 40 cattle, 600 sheep have been brought down from higher ground for winter grazing, giving the family plenty to occupy them in recently.
The chance to shake the cobwebs off behind the wheel of the Escort Mk.2 came up lately with a tyre testing session at Walters Arena. The car was purchased from Jonathan Brace who continues his support through his company, Braces Bread. Tom commented, ‘Dad and I are hands on when it comes to the preparation and running of the car.’ He added, ’If we use the car in 2021 we will compete on BTRDA, Rally Challenge and Welsh Championship rounds.’ ‘Securing a package to pursue a four wheel drive option has to be our ultimate goal and my co-driver Peredur Davies and I are actively seeking getting a deal together.’
Sincere thanks to Nigel of www.blackmountainsmedia.com for providing the Test Day images.