Winner of the 2017 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2017 John Easson Award.

Lancashire driver Tommi Meadows was chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £6,000.

Tommi Meadows being awarded 2017 John Easson Scholarship Award by Allan Durham of 2300 Club

The 17 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.

Tommi emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, Lincolnshire driver George Lepley and Lancashire Co driver Chris Clarke-Simkiss

This year the judges, Former Tour of Mull Clerk of the Course Clive Molyneux, former international co driver Ian Grindrod, Bury rally driver John Cope and guest judge 2016 JEA winner Sam Bilham faced a very difficult task in choosing the winner, Clive said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Tommi will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up George and Chris the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

John Easson Award – 2017 Finalists

2300 Club are pleased to announce the finalists of the 2017 John Easson Award.

George Lepley -Driver
Tommi Meadows – Driver
Chris Sharpe-Simkiss – Co-Driver

The Award selection committee will meet the finalists on the 1st December and following an informal interview the winner of the 2017 JEA will be decided.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award and wish them continued success in their rallying.

Winner of the 2016 John Easson Award

 2300 Club 2016 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 John Easson Award.

Bingley rally driver Sam Bilham has been chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £5,000.

The 20 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.

Sam emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, George Lepley and Meirion Evans

This year the judges, co-driver “legend” – Ian Grindrod.  Motorsport News Rally Journalist Jack Benyon,, Bury rally driver John Cope and guest judge 2015 JEA winner Matthew Jackson faced a very difficult task in choosing the winner, Judges chairman John said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Sam will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up George and Meirion the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

 

Winner of the 2015 John Easson Award

The 2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 John Easson Award.

Warwick rally driver Matthew Jackson has been chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £5,000.

The 23 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.
Matthew emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, Nick Carr and Sam Bilham.

This year the judges, co-driver “legend” – Ian Grindrod. Co- Driver and Former Tour of Mull Clerk of the Course Clive Molyneux. Bury rally driver John Cope and guest judge 2014 JEA winner Aaron McClure faced a very difficult task in choosing the winner, Judges chairman Clive said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Matthew will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up Nick and Sam the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

Winner of the 2014 John Easson Award

The 2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 John Easson Award.

Cumbria rally driver Aaron McClure has been chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £4,000.

The 20 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.
Aaron emerged as winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists, Sam Bilham and Cameron Davies.

This year the judges, co-driver “legend” – Ian Grindrod. Co- Driver and Former Tour of Mull Clerk of the Course Clive Molyneux. Bury rally driver John Cope, Chris Ingram, Allan Whittaker and Allan Durham also joined the deliberation, which lasted over two hours.

Judges chairman Clive said, It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, however we feel Aaron will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up Cameron and Sam the very best of luck with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

Update Chris Ingram’s Progress – 2013 John Easson Winner

Youngest Driver Learns in Latvia

2014 started with new experiences all round for Chris Ingram – the 2013 John Easson Award Winner for UK Young Rally drivers. His first time driving on snow, first time in Latvia and first time driving on studded tyres, and they wouldn’t at first even fit under the Twingos little wheel arches!

After just 3.5kms of testing on snow and studded tyres for the first time Chris Ingram and Carl Williamson started the first ever round of the FIA ERC Junior championship. Nerves were tingling as the stages on the recce were not snow covered so the biggest worry was going to be running out of studs. Thankfully, After an ice cold opening ceremony, by the banks of the frozen river, the snow fell.

The Brits had a clean run on the first stage of the event, setting a top 10 fastest time in the Juniors, but were left with almost slicks on the ice of stage two after an overshoot ripping the studs out of the tyres

The learning experiences continued throughout the first day as a puncture was picked up early into the final, but monster 30-kilometre night stage. A bad decision to drive to the end of the stage was made by Chris, which worsened the condition of the tyre and wheel nocking the brake caliper and ripping the fluid pipe off, resulting in no brakes to make the day even more frustrating for the whole team!

Day 2 consisted of a mix of tight and twisty, and fast flowing stages. Young Ingram settled down after a frantic first day and began to enjoy the incredible experience that is driving on ice with studded tyres. The highlight of the event was the final stage of the rally, the 26 kilometre Liepaja stage, which saw the Twingo overcome brake issues to fly to 5th fastest Junior car, being beaten by the eventual winner Jan Cerny and three scandinavian snow experts. A great positive and confidence boost to take from a difficult rally for the ERC’s youngest driver.

“Despite all the issues we have had to tackle, I am still so happy to have competed on such a incredible rally! Taking an early 5 points to the Circuit of Ireland could be very important. I was very happy to set 5th fastest time on one of our few clean stages on the final stage and this shows how much I learnt and improved throughout the weekend”

The 2013 John Easson Award winner Chris Ingram would like to thank Carl Williamson, JB Malherbe Racing Spirit, Renault Sport, FIA ERC and everyone that supported him on his winter rally debut!

The next round of the ERC Junior is Ingram’s favourite; the Circuit of Ireland (17-19 April)

Winner of the 2013 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 John Easson Award.

Chris Ingram

2013 John Easson Award Winner - Chris Ingram

Chris has been chosen as the winner of this year’s £4,000 prize fund to assist him with his rallying activities during the 2014 season. Chris was the choice of the selection committee after 3 hours of deliberations, which saw the attending finalists travel to Preston to take part in a one on one interview with the panel of judges, Allan Whittaker former international co-driver and boss of Motordrive Seats, Co driver legend Ian Grindrod, and boss of Cope Engineering and the vastly experienced rally driver John Cope.

Chris emerged as winner after a very close run contest with runners up Arron Newby and Aaron McClure who both made a very determined challenge for the award.

Chairman of the judging panel, Allan Whittaker of 2300 Club said following the interviews. “Once again this year the standard of applicants has been extremely high, choosing the finalists was in itself a very difficult job for the selection committee, but choosing a winner from the finalists was even more difficult, it is unfortunate that there could only be one winner, however we feel Chris will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award and of course we wish runners up Arron & Aaron the very best of luck with her continued rallying”.

On behalf of 2300 Club I would like to thank all of this year’s applicants for taking part and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Allan Durham
John Easson Award Scheme Manager

Update Matt Griffin’s Progress – 2012 John Easson Winner

John Easson Award winner Matt Griffin prepares to take on the fast lanes of the Scottish Borders this weekend when Matt from Blackburn in Lancashire and Wrexham co driver Chris Spilsted start the next round of the British Rally Championship, The Duns based Jim Clark Rally, the crew will be competing in the BRC Rally Challenge section of the event driving their John Easson/RallySchool.co.uk supported Renault Clio 172.

The team will be hoping for a better result than on the previous round of the series, the Cumbria based Pirelli Rally when mechanical issues forced them to retire.

Winner of the 2012 John Easson Award

The 2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 John Easson Award.

Blackburn driver Matt Griffin has been chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £4,000.

The 22 year old was the choice of the judges after very careful deliberation, which saw the three finalists travel to Preston to take part in interviews with the panel of judges.

Matt emerged as the winner after a very close run contest with fellow finalists Garry Pearson and Chis Ingram
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This year the judges were Bury rally driver John Cope  co driver “legend” – Ian Grindrod, former international co driver and boss of Motordrive Seats Allan Whittaker, and former Tour of Mull Clerk of the Course Clive  Molyneux.

Clive said afterwards, “It is unfortunate that there can only be one winner, as all three finalists showed a tremendous enthusiasm and demonstrated a huge talent for their chosen sport of rallying, however after long and careful deliberation we chose  Matt, and we feel he will be a worthy recipient of the John Easson Award, and of course we wish runners-up Garry & Chris the very best of luck and success with their continued rallying”.

2300 Club would like to thank all candidates who applied for this year’s award.

John Easson Award – Update

Our 2011 winner Osian Pryce has now competed on the first round of the British Rally Championship, Bournemouth based International  Sunseeker Ralley.

First time out in his new factory built Citroen DS3 R3T, Osian spent the day getting used to his new car, but still came away with a first in class and 4th o/a

Next round of the BRC is the International Bulldog Rally which takes place next weekend the 23/24 March, the event is set in the welsh forests in Osian’s backyard, so he is hoping local knowledge and the time he has spent testing will give him an advantage.

Talking of his testing, Citroen are so impressed with him, that to-day Thursday & Tomorrow, Osian will be at the Sweet lamb testing complex having tuition and help in setting up the car from Citroen Team Junior factory driver Thierry Neuville.

The Belgium driver has flown back directly from last week ends WRC Mexico rally to assist Osian in his preparations for next weeks Bulldog rally.