Englishman Josh Cornwell breezed to his fifth win in the Cadet Cup to claim the inaugural championship in his Ford Fiesta R2. After a third place on the Nicky Grist Stages, Cornwell had to travel to Northern Ireland to finally secure and seal the title. With Tom Woodburn expertly guiding, the Dorking-based driver set some rapid times – quick enough to put him in the mix with the more powerful and younger cars in the Junior BRC category and in front of five-time BRC champion Jimmy McRae on the overall classification.
The only other driver who could mathematically challenge Cornwell was MH Motorsport teammate Alex Waterman and his co-driver Harry Thomas in a similar Ford Fiesta R2. The pair did all they could, but they couldn’t stop the Cornwell freight train this time around and despite only being in their first full season of rallying, the pair can hold their heads high – showing some impressive pace in the BRC.
Rounding out the top three in the Cadet Cup was the team from Harper Adams University led by James McDiarmid and Max Haines-Messenger. The Ford Fiesta National crew suffered driveshaft woes on the opening day before a more consistent run on the second allowed them to pull clear of fourth placed crew Nabila Tejpar and Richard Bliss (Ford Fiesta R2).