18-year-old Eddie Lewis will join Britain’s premier rallying series from the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally as he looks to make an impact in the Junior BRC.
After acquiring a new Ford Fiesta R2T at the back end of 2019, the Nottinghamshire-based driver has put together a season-long campaign in the one-make category. After a strong showing on Wales Rally GB against the established Junior World Championship drivers, Lewis is ready to carry the momentum into the 2020 season along with co-driver Dominic Adams.
“A lot of things pulled me to the BRC. The variety of events, level playing field with the cars, top drivers to pitch yourself against, all played a part as well as the variety of surfaces. My experience of longer events and the R2 car is so, so limited and I feel my first year in the BRC will enable me to raise my game against some great competition and great events.”
The young Englishman is one of a new generation of talent ready to impress in the British championship this season, but the British ace is under no illusion about the challenges ahead.
“I am quite young and have much to learn, so I will be taking it one event at a time. I need to be finishing events to get the miles and experience. I have no pressure when it comes to results as I am looking at a long-term game. I won’t be taking on the established names at the start, but over time I want to be knocking on the door.”
After graduating from the Junior 1000 series, Lewis will continue his rallying education in the BRC with a massive learning curve ahead for the teenager.
“I am looking forward to Ypres. I went the last couple of years to watch and always wanted to take part. The longer events will be a challenge but for us the recce training will be very important. We learnt how much a good set of notes are worth on Wales Rally GB as we struggled a bit. I think the environment of the BRC will enable me to become a better driver in and out of the car. I can’t wait to get going.”
The British Rally Championship gets underway in the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally on the 8 February with entries closing for the first round on the 25 January.