STRABANE’S Ryan Caldwell opened his Drift Games Extreme season in style over Easter weekend at Mondello Park.
The teenager, who hadn’t even sat behind the wheel of his Nissan S15 since the autumn, returned to action like a duck to water, topping qualifying with an outstanding run.
He then tranferred that form into the battles, where he progressed to the last four, sealing third place ahead of the man who beat him to the Pro-Am title last year, Lee Scott.
Although the overall win went to Alan Hynes, with Mark McBurney third, Ryan was delighted with his performance over the weekend.
He is now looking forward to more of the same at round two, which will take place at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on May 11 and 12.