Morecambe co-driver wants to test himself at the top

Tom Woodburn.
Tom Woodburn.

Morecambe co-driver Tom Woodburn plans to take full advantage of his newly acquired International Competition License and test himself at the highest level of the sport.

Having co driven since the age of 15, the Valvoline Stages in Barbados back in April marked the biggest test of the 19-year-old’s career to date and after successfully navigating driver Paul Bourne to second place, the apprentice engineer is keen to take full advantage of his new licence.

He said: “After such a good event and the experience of sitting in an ex-World Rally Car, I decided to apply to the MSA for an International Licence that opens up a whole new world of events to me.

“Following a full medical, I undertook the intensive BARS (British Association of Rally Schools) test at the Phil Price Rally School in Wales, which included a written exam on the theoretical and safety aspects of rallying and a practical exam, which saw me switch to the driver’s seat to pilot a stage as the instructor read out pace-notes.”

Passing the exam with flying colours, Woodburn is keen to put his new status to good use and continue the impressive progress he has made through the co-driving ranks.

He said: “My previous license was a National A, which allowed me to compete in the UK and some other countries depending on the rally organisers, but restricted me from the big tests.

“Now with my international licence, I can compete all over the world at the highest levels including World Rally Championship events.

“If all goes according to plan, my first outing at that level could be as soon as this November on Wales Rally GB which, after taking park in the National event of last year’s rally, is something that I’d relish.”