At the start of the 2017 Junior 1000 rally season a handful of drivers were all tipped to be fighting it out for the title, but even Ewan himself could not have imagined he would have a season as successful as this one.
Starting at Anglesey in wet and windy conditions, Ewan claimed his first ever rally win sand started the season in strong form. He then followed this up with closely fought wins at Harlech and Melbourne as he extended his lead in the championship. Whilst all of this was happening in the national championship, Ewan was also dominating the Scottish championship and revising for his GCSE’s, so pressure was building from all angles.
As the Juniors arrived at Caerwent for the first time of the season, Ewans championship rivals knew they had to start beating him if they stood any chance of lifting the trophy themselves. However, Tindalls approach to each stage didn’t change and he went on to gain his 4th win of the season and put one hand of the trophy. Round 5 of the season traveled north of the border, for the annual battle of the Juniors at the Solway Coast rally. There Ewan would finish as the top Junior giving him the wins in both the National and Scottish championships.
With his GCSE results now in the bag, Ewan then traveled back to Caerwent, where a top 5 finish was all he needed to win the 2017 title. This event is known as a car killer with miles of concrete kerbs, brick walls and banks waiting to damage any car that goes slightly off line. With this obvious danger, Ewan set a strong, yet steady pace in the opening stages to cement his place in the top 3 places overall and give him the buffer he needed to get enough points for the championship. Yet again, his trusty 107 competed all of the stages without any mechanical issues and his faithful co-driver, Paul Hudson navigated the final stage without a hitch to give them a 3rd place finish and the title of Junior 1000 Rally Champion 2017.