ZAK Hughes stands on the cusp of ST Trophy glory following class victory at last weekend’s Plains Rally.

The Middletown teenager was joined by co-driver Tom Wood in celebrating a fourth successive class victory in stages held around Bala, Vyrnwy, Dyfnant and Aberhirnant in the fourth round of the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Championship.

Hughes established a 22 second lead over Bobby Mitchell after two stages before surviving a spin

“It was a very challenging morning, the conditions were very slippy and the roads were narrow,” said Hughes.

“We had a high speed spin about one mile into the rally and were lucky as the car spun 360 degrees at over 80mph and ended pointing the right way so we lost minimal time.”

The afternoon stages saw a controlled drive from Hughes and Wood who crossed the line just 15 seconds ahead of second place Mitchell.

“We had been struggling all day with electrical issues on the car so to be able to battle through the problems and take our fourth win was amazing.”

“To have four victories from four rallies is just amazing. We are definitely having the best season of my career so far and am really looking forward to the second half of the year now.”

Hughes needs a podium finish in the fifth round, the Nicky Grist Stages in Builth Wells in July, to be crowned ST Trophy champion.