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trackrod15 (95)MSA RSF Young Driver of the Year Sam Bilham endured a tough day in the Yorkshire forest last weekend as he narrowly missed out on a Rally First podium spot at the REIS-Ravenol BTRDA Championship qualifier, Trackrod Rally Yorkshire. After sitting in an impressive second in RF1.4 for much of the day, a penultimate stage off would dash all hopes of a win and the Bingley star dropped out of contention to fifth as he crossed the Pickering Showground finish ramp. Read More »

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cambrian14 (9)The climax of the BTRDA 2014 championship saw Steve Perez (Focus WRC) and Paul Bird (Focus WRC) co head-to-head to decide who would be champion. The scenario was simple, win the rally and you will be champion and after the 1st stage Perez, co-driven by Paul Spooner, was fastest through the stage. Bird, co-driven by Aled Davies, had gone off and dropped a minute to his rival. Stage 2 saw a twist as Dave Weston & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC) went fastest to take the lead from Perez. It was then the Bird onslaught started as he went fastest on 5 of the remaining 6 stages, with Weston taking the only other one, but it was not enough as Bird ended up 12 seconds behind Perez. The pair tied on points but Perez was champion, whilst Weston showed a statement of intent as he took a maiden BTRDA win by 20 seconds. Read More »

SamBilham_PR14_12The pressure of competing on his home event was not enough to curtail 17 year old Sam Bilham’s winning streak as he yet again secured the Rally First one-litre class on last weekend’s Trackrod Rally Yorkshire.  Having won the class on all but one event in this year’s BTRDA National Rally series, the Bingley rally star had wrapped up the championship on the last event in Shropshire. But the lure of competing on home ground and the opportunity to secure another wrath of points for his Junior title aspirations was awarded with another points haul in the Dalby Forests. Read More »

trackrod14 (8)It was a tight battle at the top. Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) only set one fastest stage time on the first stage but they held on to take victory from Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) by 3.4 seconds. Bird went fastest on the final 3 stages but it proved not be enough, so the title fight is set up superbly for the final round in 3 weeks time. David Weston & Kirsty Riddick (Imprzea WRC) completed the podium just over 20 seconds further back, after setting the fastest time through the 2nd stage of the rally. Ignoring the 1400’s the first crew home in the 2WD rally, aka Silver Star, were Martyn Hawkswell & Benjamin Cohen (Escort MkII). Read More »

SamBihamPR14_10After securing the BTRDA RallyFirst one-litre title at last month’s Woodpecker Rally, MSA Academy member Sam Bilham could be forgiven for relaxing for the rest of the year. But the 17 year old rally star from Bingley headed down to Suffolk last weekend in a bid to take the lead of the 2014 Formula 1000 senior tarmac championship in his Next Big Step Nissan Micra. Tackling the Woodbridge Stages on the East Anglian coast, Bilham took a convincing second in class and 32nd overall against much more powerful machinery. Read More »

SamBilham_PR14_9Junior rally star Sam Bilham took a convincing RallyFirst 1.0 litre class win last weekend at the Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally and in doing so also secured the BTRDA RF1.0 title in his first year of gravel rallying. Driving his usual Nissan Micra with co-driver Graham Wild alongside him, Bilham netted a runaway victory in the Ludlow based event which offered 44 slippery miles in the damp forest roads of Shropshire and Powys. Read More »

woodpecker14 (6)Every now and again the Woodpecker is not blighted by dust and 2014 was one of those occasions as a damp evening ensured the dust would not be an issue. The rally would see a tustle between Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) against Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Early on Perez had issues with his Focus and safe in the knowledge he already had 2 victories this season he played it safe to take 2nd behind Bird rather than push and lose any championship points. With 2 rounds to go it is all still to play for between the rivals and friends. Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) were almost a minute off the pace of Bird to complete the podium in what was another great display in a former group N car. Read More »

nickygrist14 (254)17 year old Sam Bilham from Bingley in West Yorkshire will make the trip to Shropshire next weekend as he tackles the seventh round of the BTRDA Gravel Rally Championship, The Eventsigns Woodpecker Rally. Driving his usual Nissan Micra in the Rally First category, Bilham will be looking to add yet another maximum point’s score to his already healthy lead in the 1.0litre series. With the season heading towards its conclusion in just three rallies time, Bilham will head to the event with a clear objective to stay out of trouble and increase his points stake in the hotly contested championship. Read More »

MSA Academy member Sam Bilham took a convincing Rally First 1.0litre win this weekend at the Nicky Grist Stages Rally which was held across the forests of the Epynt Military Ranges in Wales. As if his runaway victory of over four minutes in the class was not enough for the youngster, the 17 year old was overwhelmed to be awarded the Andreas Mikkelsen “Star of the Day” for Rally First competitors who showed raw talent and speed throughout the day, named after the World Rally Championship driver for the Volkswagen team.

The sixth round of the BTRDA National Rally championship was based in the Welsh town of Builth Wells and like all the other rounds of the series, was Bilham’s first visit to the gravel stages on the event. Having built a solid lead in the RF1.0 class and Junior series, Bilham would be forgiven for approaching the event with a goal of a simple finish in mind to add to his already healthy points tally.  But by his own admission, that’s not his style and Bilham with co-driver Graham Wild alongside, immediately set the pace for the others to follow from the opening stage of the day. Read More »

nickygrist14 (12)A return to UK rallying for us after 6 weeks away and we witnessed a superb battle between Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) and Dave Weston jnr & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC). Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) and Weston were joint fastest through stage 1 before Weston took the lead on stage 2 despite Bird going fastest. Weston took stage 3 before Perez & Bird tied on stage 4 leaving Weston ahead by 5 seconds from Bird and a further 6 to Perez. Bird & Perez tied once more on stage 5 before a fastest time for Bird on stage 6 saw him take the lead by two seconds ahead of Weston. Weston took stage 7 by a single second before Bird sealed the win with fastest time on the final stage by 3 seconds. Perez ended up 3rd a further 16 seconds behind Weston. Read More »