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Sam Bilham (GBR) Next Big Step Nissan MicraMSA RSF Young Driver of the Year Sam Bilham will take on the biggest challenge of his career so far as he has secured a deal to drive a Ford Fiesta ST on the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.  Having won the prestigious award in 2014, the 18 year old from Bingley, West Yorkshire has been piloting a Nissan Micra in the BTRDA gravel series for the last two years and thanks to the backing of engineering firm Allfab EMS Ltd from Leeds, Bilham will use the M-Sport built machine on its final World Championship outing in November.

The three day WRC finale’ will also mark Bilham’s first ever International event and a route of over 180 competitive miles lies in wait for the youngster.  After the BTRDA Woodpecker Stages in September where he will use his familiar Micra, Bilham will now spend the remainder of the 2015 season getting used to his newly acquired machine.

“After winning the MSA RSF Young Driver of the Year Award last year I sadly haven’t been able to compete as much as I’d hoped due to budget constraints” says Bilham. “But we have been working hard behind the scenes and I am truly indebted to Allfab EMS Ltd for putting their trust in me to use their car for perhaps one of the best known rallies in the world. I have to pinch myself at the thought of contesting the event I could only ever dream of a few months ago, I can’t thank them enough”.

Bilham has also gained the support of Yorkshire Flocking Services who will support the Yorkshireman throughout his pre event tests and the event itself.  He is hoping to secure a few more backers before the event itself but is one hundred percent committed to being in Deeside in November.  “We are going to be there no matter what and I`m totally focusing on the task I have ahead of me. There is a long way to go but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. I have a lot of hurdles to overcome such as pre event recce which I’ve never done before and the car is left hand drive which should make things interesting!  So many people have supported me along my career and it’s only I right I do them proud in Wales”.

He also believes that winning the Next Big Step award back in 2013 has been key to his progress in the sport. “The Next Big Step and Ian Arden have supported me all the way and have been instrumental in each decision I have made. It’s thanks to the award that we have this opportunity and it will be fantastic to have them alongside us during the event too”.

Wales Rally GB takes place on 12th to 15th November and is based at the Toyota plant in Deeside. After two days of pre-event reconnaissance, shake down is followed by a ceremonial start along Llandudno promenade before three full days of action across North and mid Wales.

For more information on Sam and his rallying career, visit http://www.sambilham.co.uk

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