2300 Club John Easson Award Winner 2016
First competitive event: November 2011 contested his first stage rally at Anglesey Racing Circuit.
First competitive experience: At the age of twelve in local indoor
Go-Karting league with a number of personal and team wins over the following two years.
2011: Competed his first stage rally
2012: Contested inaugural full season in the Junior 1000 rally championship Finished 11th in the championship, and runner up newcomer.
2013: Became a member of the MSA (Motor Sports Association) Academy. A scheme designed for ‘driving young talent forwards’ as well as their AASE (Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence) Programme. Was also nominated for ‘Young Rally Driver Of The Year’ at the World Motorsport Expo awards in Cologne. Competed his final year of the Formula 1000 Junior championship finishing 4th. Start to finish winner of the final round of the series.
2014: BTRDA Rally First 1.0 champion and BTRDA Junior Rally Champion. Awarded MSA ASF Young Driver of the Year.
2015: Spent a year developing the Nissan Micra in the BTRDA series
2016: Second in Fiesta ST Trophy, MSA English Rally Champion and John Easson Award winner.
2017: Fiesta ST Trophy, N3 & Junior BTRDA champion, winning 5 rounds.
Name: Sam Bilham
Aged: 21 years old
From: Bingley, West Yorkshire
Currently: Studying to become a Quantity Surveyor
First outing: At the age of ten he drove his first Rally car and was upgraded from a Junior Ford KA to a Hyundai F2 car.
After two ultra-successful years in the DMACK Fiesta ST Trophy series which culminated in a dominant final year, Sam will look to further his career in 2018 and beyond.
Throughout the single-make title fight, his intentions have always been to progress into the British Rally Championship in a competitive R2 car but budget constraints have meant this has not been possible in the early part of his career.
However, in a deal which see's him move a step closer to his goal, Sam will be assiting in the development of the Vauxhall ADAM Cup car in 2018, starting with an outing at Rally North Wales in March.
He hopes his experience in the ADAM will prove valuable in the transition to modern day R2 mahcinery in the future.