Sixteen-year-old Williams shines on his debut motor rally season
SHIPLAKE COLLEGE student Tom Williams is making a name for himself behind the wheel of a
SHIPLAKE COLLEGE student Tom Williams is making a name for himself behind the wheel of a rally car despite being too young to drive on the road.
Sixteen-year-old Williams is enjoying his first season of rallying, driving a Major Motorsport-prepared Nissan Micra in Formula 1000 â?? a rally cup for drivers between the ages of 14 and 17.
Williams, who is studying art and design at Shiplake College, is following in his parents’ footsteps in the motorsport world as they both competed in long-distance historic endurance events such as the Classic Safari, Cape Horn and the Sahara rallies. They won the 2007 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge in a 1938 Chevrolet Fangio Coupe. After six rounds of Formula 1000, which have taken place in England, Scotland and Wales, Williams is in fourth place in the points standings, out of 21 drivers.
Speaking of his achievement so far Williams said: “I have had a fantastic season so far in the Micra. I have learnt huge amounts doing these rallies and getting to know the basics of the sport. I’m getting quicker and quicker, and aim for better finishing positions in the next few rallies.”
Williams is next in action tomorrow (Saturday) in Anglesey in north Wales. The Formula 1000 season concludes with the Hall Trophy Rally at Blyton Airfield in Lincolnshire on November 22.