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Yorkshire rally driver Sam Bilham has announced his intentions to take the Fiesta ST Trophy title this season, despite missing the opening round last weekend. bilham-2017-plans

After becoming the Maxxis MSA English Rally Champion and Fiesta ST Trophy runner up last season, the 20 year old Bingley driver was handed the prestigious 2300 Club John Easson Award at a shootout last year and will use the £5,000 prize fund to push for the single make title he narrowly missed out on last year.

The Calvert Construction and Reis Motorsport Insurance backed pilot has an extensive list of titles to his name, including the Next Big Step Award and MSA English Junior Champion as well as last year’s honours.  But Bilham narrowly missed out on the Fiesta ST Trophy last season after leading for much of the year and he now believes he is in an ideal position to push for the win.

“It was a natural step to move into the Fiesta last year but it was also a steep learning curve, getting used to left hand drive and much more power than my old Nissan Micra” he says.  “I now have the experience gained from last season to move forward with my pace and of course winning the John Easson award will play a significant part in my testing programme which will also help.”

Bilham will have a new co-driver alongside him this season in the shape of Scotsman, Cameron Fair. “I did suffer a little last year with not being able to have a regular co-driver so it will be great to have Cameron on board this season” says Bilham.

But his title hopes will have to wait a few more weeks as he had to miss the opening round of the season, the Cambrian Rally due to a parts shortage on the Fiesta.

“We have been really unlucky during the winter. Despite having plenty of time to rebuild the car we had several wrong parts delivered from Poland which has meant we haven’t had the right parts to finish the gearbox in time. This does mean however we can hopefully get some testing in before we head to the Malcolm Wilson Rally in March.”

Sam is supported by 2300 Club John Easson Award, Calvert Construction, Reis Motorsport Insurance, Northern Life Magazine, The Next Big Step, Gareth Hooper Motorsport Services, and The Garage at Stanley Mills.

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

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