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Tour guideTully Rule (9), of Cromwell, addresses spectators during a pit tour, alongside Damon Leitch (left) and Tony Quinn at the Festival of Speed event in Cromwell at the weekend. PHOTO: ADAM BURNS

Amid all the motorsporting excitement during the Festival of Speed in Cromwell over the weekend, a local youngster was earning his keep showing spectators around Highlands.

On Sunday, Cromwell Primary School pupil Tully Rule, alongside Highlands pro driver Damon Leitch, took fans for two guided tours of the pits, explaining what happens in the pit area, and the role of the race engineer and mechanic.

Tully also showed groups around the control room, which gave people a sneak peek into how the races are run and how officials use the various technologies during races.

“I just came up with the idea at school,” Tully said.

“Josie [Highlands chief operating officer] came around to our school. We’ve been working on how people can use Cromwell.”

Highlands’ Josie Spillane liked the idea so much that Tully’s Tours was later announced as one of the highlights of the two-day festival on April 6-7.

Other pupils had loftier ideas in mind, including a volcano and a zip line for Highlands.

“Someone suggested candy shops all over Highlands,” Tully said.

He said it was “nerve-racking” to have a tour named after him. Once the first tour was out of the way, Tully said he was looking forward to the afternoon circuit.

“It was good. Now I’ve done it once I’m looking forward to doing it again.”