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SamBilhamInActionBTRDA Rally Championship Junior star Sam Bilham will make the trip to Wales this weekend as he contests the sixth round of the series, the Nicky Grist Stages Rally.  The event takes place on the tricky gravel roads which once hosted the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB and as this is Bilham`s first season on gravel, will be well aware that if roads are challenging to the world’s best, they will certainly provide Bilham with a complete test of his skills. Read More »


Sam Bilham (GBR) Next Big Step Nissan MicraSherwood Forest is of course known worldwide as the home of folk hero Robin Hood, but last weekend the famous woodlands played host to the fifth round of the BTRDA National Rally Championship, the Rainworth Skoda Forest Rally where the talented Sam Bilham recorded sixth overall in the hotly contested Rally First category coupled with a one-litre class win.  The Bingley based rally star was the only entrant in the smaller RF1.0 category but punched well above his weight and battled with the more powerful 1400cc cars throughout the action-packed day. Read More »

Sam Bilham (GBR) Next Big Step Nissan MicraRising junior rally star Sam Bilham will look to ensure he maintains his slender lead in the BTRDA National Gravel Rally First series this weekend as he makes the trip to the famous forest complex of Sherwood which plays host to the fifth round of the championship, the Rainworth Skoda Forest Rally.  The 17 year old from Bingley in West Yorkshire will once again pilot his Nissan Micra in the Rally First one-litre category and Junior series where he will aim to capitalise on his strong points haul from each event he has contested so far this season. Read More »

SamBilhamActionShotBingley rally star Sam Bilham brought a third podium result in a row back to West Yorkshire last weekend as he contested the fourth round of the BTRDA Gravel Rally Championship, The Plains Rally.

After tackling over 43 competitive stage miles in the baking Spring Sunshine, Bilham piloted his Nissan Micra to a solid second in the Rally First one-litre class, extending his lead even further in the category and closing the gap to the Junior driver award for under 23 year olds competitors. Read More »

plains14 (3)Barely a cloud in the sky and glorious sunshine bathed North Mid Wales for the Plains Rally. At the top of the time sheets and winners for the 2nd year in a row were Euan Thorburn & Paul Beaton (Focus WRC). The expected pressure from David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) along with Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) never really materialised as Bogie suffered multiple punctures in the 2nd half of the rally and retired whilst Perez appeared to have drive issues as he crabbed past us half a minute down, on the penultimate stage. Instead it was a superb drive from Dave Weston & Dave Robson (Impreza WRC) which kept Thorburn honest, just 8 seconds ahead along with Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Focus WRC) who were only another 11 seconds back. Read More »

Sam Bilham (GBR) Next Big Step Nissan Micra17 year old Sam Bilham from Bingley in West Yorkshire will head to Wales next weekend as he tackles the fourth round of the BTRDA Gravel Rally Championship, The Plains Rally. Driving his usual Nissan Micra, Bilham will aim to make it three wins in a row in the Rally First one-litre category and extend his lead in the championship as the season approaches the half way mark. Having missed the opening round of the series, Bilham is keen to make the most of the remaining rounds which are all new events to the youngster. Read More »

SONY DSCAn unusually chilly Exmoor greeted the crews for this years Somerset Stages and they held their fair share of drama too. Out after stage 1 were David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) and on stage 10 championship and rally leaders Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC) were forced to retire. This left Steve Perez & Paul Spooner (Focus WRC) in the lead on his BTRDA return but all eyes were on Stephen Petch & Ian Windress (Focus WRC) close behind. On the final stage they were just 4 seconds behind Perez and they duly went 4 seconds faster but they needed 1 more second to take the win. When there is a tie overall then the count back goes to stage 1 where Perez went 5 seconds faster than Petch. Making the long journey South worthwhile Dave Weston Jnr & Kirsty Riddick (Impreza WRC) completed the podium some 28 seconds behind the top two. Read More »

The Next Big Step (NBS) programme was instigated in 2011, when founder Ian Arden took the decision to donate his rally prize to help young drivers take the – you guessed it – next big step in their rallying careers.

Three drivers who have benefitted from the scheme will attend next week’s MSA British Rally Championship Media Launch, two of them already having made the move into the championship.

Cumbria’s Aaron McClure was the NBS’s first selection, chosen from the successful Junior 1000 rally series for 14 to 17 year olds, He stepped neatly, via the BTRDA’s RallyFirst series in 2012, to the BRC’s support series last year with some success. Read More »

malcolmwilson14 (20)Back to the Lakes for what turned out to be a historic day which saw Paul Bird, co-driven by Aled Davies (Focus WRC), take his 4th win on this event and equal the all time record of wins set by Bill Dobie. He set out in determined form and went fastest through the first 4 stages. David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) were just under 20 seconds back at first service but a puncture on stage 5 saw them drop back before a rear differential problem saw them slip back further to 4th overall. Instead it was fellow Scots Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton (Focus WRC) who took the fight to Bird. They had been suffering through the first half of the rally with their own mechanical gremlins but once they were fixed at service Thorburn went fastest on all of the final 4 stages, closing in from 38 to 15 seconds behind Bird by the end of the event. Read More »

wyedean14 (8)After a wet Winter and windy week which saw many trees fall in the Forest of Dean, it was a minor miracle that the event ran all 7 stages as planned. One thing was for certain, with no previous winners of the rally starting the event there would be a new name on the winners list. With a dominant 7 fastest stage times from a possible 7, David Bogie & Kevin Rae (Focus WRC) won by just over a minute from Paul Bird & Aled Davies (Focus WRC). Making a fine start in the B13 class and taking 3rd overall were Luke Francis & John Roberts (Evo IX) two a half minutes behind Bogie. Read More »