TORQUAY teenager Chris Wheeler returned from Northern Ireland as the British Rallying Star of the Future champion after a dramatic weekend of racing.
Chris, along with co-driver Yan Griffiths won the title despite coming away pointless, and a lot of final day drama during the second rally of the weekend.
On the final corner of the final stage, Wheeler suffered a break in the drive-shaft meaning he and Griffiths had to push their Ford Fiesta MS1 over the finishing line to the cheers of the crowd.
Despite the effort of the team, their car was officially recorded as not finishing.
The opening rally of the weekend had been a far calmer affair with Wheeler driving sensibly but quick to secure a ninth place overall and fourth in his class.
Chris is still in contention for the other competitions for which he is entered, lying second in both the Fiesta Sport Trophy and the BRC Challenge RC2&RC3 class, with two weekends of racing to go.
Wheeler said: "I personally think it's the best rally I have ever competed on, and I know I have done very well to achieve the Stars of the Future Championship.
"It means everything to me and I could not be happier with becoming Stars of the Future Champion.
"The next rally in Yorkshire will be a tough event back into the forests, and with two championships still to fight for so it's all go.
"We will be keeping a fast but safe pace to see if we can give our competition something to look out for."
Wheeler and Griffiths now head to forestry surroundings of the Yorkshire Challenge Rally in the next stage of the BRC Challenge on September 27.