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Caldwell saves his best for last

RYAN Caldwell saved his best for last at the season ending fifth round of the British Drift Championship at Rockinham Motor Speedway where he won the Pro-Am class, finished third in the Pro section, achieved the highest score in qualifying and was named the 2018 Future Star of the Year.

Having only been able to show flashes of his talent during a somewhat frustrating season during which he finished second overall in both the Irish and British Drift Championship Pro-Am classes, the 16-year-old Strabane lad was able to signal his intent for 2019 with a peerless display.

The youngster, who finally had his car exactly how he wanted it, out-qualified the rest of the field with a sublime score of 94.3 points before defeating Andrew Earle in the Pro-Am final .

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Caldwell then moved into the premier Pro class, and his determination to show he can live with the big boys drove him on to take some eye-catching scalps during the battle stage of the competition.

He took out French driver, Antoine Amar in the third and fourth place battle before narrowly losing to eventual winner, Lithuania’s Aurimas Vaskelis, who ended the unbeaten reign of Coalisland’s Duane McKeever.

As an added bonus, Ryan will be hosted by Derry City and Strabane District Council mayor, councillor John Boyle, at a reception to acknowledge his achievements behind the wheel on Monday evening.

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