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fossey-2017-announce-bJersey-born rally star Ed Fossey will contest a full year of rallying in 2017 as he commits to the national British Trials and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) Championship aboard his Yokohama-backed Toyota Yaris.

The 18-year-old stepped up from the Junior 1000 series at the beginning of 2016 winning ‘The Next Big Step’ scholarship and undertook a development plan last year, selecting several unique events to develop his rallying skills with tarmac running and more importantly several events on a variety of gravel surfaces. Read More »

Jersey-born driver Ed Fossey continued his run of podium success after a stunning display on the Paperclix Jersey Rally (14/15 October). The 18-year-old performed a mature drive through the asphalt lanes of Jersey to take second in the highly competitive Class A and a giant-killing 15th overall in his Yokohama-backed Toyota Yaris.fossey-jersey16 Read More »

Fossey Big Step16Jersey’s youngest rally driver, 17-year-old Ed Fossey has become the Next Big Step Award winner for the 2016 rallying season. The title was announced in front of thousands at the Autosport International Motorsport Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham at the weekend.

Founded to help develop and assist the country’s young rally stars, The Next Big Step Award provides funding, advice and guidance from some of the sports top professionals and support from tyre manufacturer Yokohama UK. Having the scheme’s support is an exciting prospect for the Victoria College student. Read More »

NextBigStep_logoPopular scheme to assist in the development of Junior drivers announces 2016 season incentives.

The Next Big Step Award heads into its fifth year in 2016 and the scheme designed to assist progressive drivers make the next step in their career has this week announced its support package for one lucky driver graduating from the F1000 Junior Rally Championship.  The award, developed by 2011 BTRDA Rally First Champion Ian Arden has assisted in the rallying careers of talented youngsters including Mitsubishi E9 pilot Aaron McClure, MSA RSF Young Driver of the Year Sam Bilham and Subaru WRC driver Niall Moroney. Read More »

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. 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 »

SamBihamPR14_10Bingley rally ace Sam Bilham will contest the Woodbridge Stages next weekend as he takes the long trip to Suffolk in a bid to take the lead of the 2014 Formula 1000 senior tarmac championship in his Next Big Step Nissan Micra.  The East Anglian Military base will play host to round six of the series in which the youngster holds a solid third position and will head to the South East coast in an attempt to repeat his category win in Scotland last month. 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 »

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 »