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Road safety team supports teenage rally driver
North Yorkshire County Council's road safety team is supporting 18-year- old Dom Mernock, the youngest driver in this year's British Rally Championship.
Driving a Group A6 Peugeot 206, Harrogate-based Dom and his co-driver, 20-year-old Mat Smith from Pickering, have made an impressive start with consistently good results in the 'Stars of the Future' section.
The car, entered by his own rally team TripleM Motorsport, will carry the council's branding for the rest of the season.
"Dom has a very sensible approach to both his rallying and day to day driving," said Peter Sowray, the council's executive member for environmental services. "We hope that this professionalism will be reflected not just with success in the rallies, but also with a safe, high standard on the road.
"Dom is well aware of his role as ambassador for young drivers, and the responsibility he has to set a good example. TV coverage of rally events means that many thousands of young rally enthusiasts will see the council's road safety message in an unusual setting."
The road safety team will be producing a range of supporting materials, including posters and postcards featuring Dom and his car and safer driving hints, as well as trackside banners at special rally stages.
"This is a great deal for both of us," said Dom. "I need support to help fund my rallying at this high level, and North Yorkshire County Council needs the endorsement of young drivers like me - to help add credibility and relevance to the promotion of safe and considerate driving to other young drivers."
For further information contact David Lindsay , county road safety officer, firstname.lastname@example.org , or 01609 532616.