John Easson Award Winner George Lepley on the Cambrian Rally

“After my 2019 British Rally Championship plans fell through a month before the opening round, I was left without a seat. The opening round was the Cambrian Rally in Llandudno, North Wales, which was also the opening round of the BTRDA (British National Championship of which I competed in last season). 10 days before the event, local businessman and BTRDA Championship headline sponsor, Baz Jordan of Jordan Road Surfacing, stepped in and said I could use one of his beautifully prepared historic Hillman Avenger rally cars, it’s not what I had planned but thought…hell why not, I saw it as a challenge, being a right-hand drive car and a rear wheel drive car after the left hand drive Fiesta R2 I drove last year.

With the opening round being part of the 2 biggest rally championships in the country, the British Rally Championship (BRC) and British National Rally Championship (BTRDA), Llandudno town centre atmosphere was electric with over 130 rally cars. Stages included some of those used on the Great British round of the world rally championship, Wales rally GB, so some challenging stages were ahead of us in the new car.

Despite some very slippy conditions in the morning, followed by a rutted road in the afternoon, the car ran faultlessly and me and co-driver Arwel Jenkins came away with first 2 wheel drive car, beating much more powerful millington & XE powered cars and modern R2 fwd cars, being presented with a special award for the rally for our hard charging effort! Also, finishing first historic rally car in the Historic Cup and first BTRDA Junior Driver, I was delighted with our achievement, it couldn’t have gone any better for our first event in the car! It is now part of our 2019 BTRDA campaign to aim to be the first historic car to win the overall 2 wheel drive/Silver Star championship. We finished a very credible 13th overall, against many 4 wheel drive World Rally cars, R5 cars, Evos, Subaru’s etc!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the 2300 Club John Easson Award, a prize that literally has kept me rallying this season (last year at Uni!) Also, I would like to say thanks to Baz Jordan, Jondel Race Engines, Beatson’s Building Supplies, Ex-Pressed Steel Panels, Kielder WT, Pirelli tyres and Jason Lepley Motorsport, all for making this possible. It is not the end of my modern rally career, just a blip in my circumstances which I hope to turn into a positive showing my pace in a variety of cars, LHD or RHD, FWD or RWD !

The next event is in 3 weeks at the Malcolm Wilson Rally in Carlisle.”

Winner of the 2018 John Easson Award

2300 Club are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 John Easson Award. Lincolnshire driver George Lepley was chosen as the winner of this year’s prestigious award which is worth a total prize fund of £6,000.

This year we had a total of 17 Candidates for the award consisting of 15 Drivers and 2 Co-Drivers. The JEA subcommittee met on the 14th November to review the applications and pick our 3 finalists.

George Lepley (Lincolnshire)
Ewan Tindall (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Finley Reton (Blairgowry Scotland)

The final was held Friday 23 November at the Tickled Trout Hotel. The selection panel this year was 2300 Club members Clive Molyneux, Ian Grindrod, Bury Rally Driver and local Businessman John Cope, and our 2017 JEA winner Tommi Meadows.

Every year the team are faced with a difficult task to choose the eventual winner, and this year was no exception, all 3 candidates gave a good account of themselves on why they should receive the coveted JEA.

However one candidate stood out from the other two and it was a unanimous decision by the panel to award the prize to George Lepley.

George first applied for the JEA in 2014 and had made it through to the final on two previous occasions but narrowly missed out on the prize, but he persevered and came back for yet another attempt at winning the JEA, and his drive and enthusiasm shined through and he certainly impressed the whole team enough to take the prize this year.

We all agreed we think he will be a good ambassador to carry the JEA forward.

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 – 2018 Finalists

2300 Club are pleased to announce the finalists of the 2018 John Easson Award.

George Lepley
Finley Retson
Ewan Tindall

The Award selection committee will meet the finalists later in November and following an informal interview the winner of the 2018 JEA will be decided.

The standard of applicants was extremely high and the selection panel faced a difficult task to narrow them down to three to go forward to the final.

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

Allan Durham
2300 Club John Easson Award Scheme Manager

Andy Mort Tour 2018 Results

Finishers Awards

6 timecards were drawn at random from 26 finishers. The ‘winners’ got a bottle of fizz

1 Rob Baxandall Ryan Offord Landrover Defender
23 Peter Croft Amanda Bradley MG MGB GT
24 Julie Wardale David Wardale VW Transporter T6
10 Owen Frankland Pam Frankland MG 3 Sport
22 Colin Taylor Judith Barnes Triumph TR250
12 Ian Harrison Ellie Murray BMW Z4M

Driving Test Awards

The best time in each test won a bottle of fizz

Blindfold Slalom

6 Ian Briggs Angela Briggs Mini Racing Flame

Tennis Balls into Dustbin (8 Scored)

35 Michelle Swallow Lucy Scott Proton Wira

Darts (89 scored)

4 Andy Stanworth Alan Ridehalgh BMC Mini

Best Entertainer

38 Tim Cruttenden Stephen Broadbent Nissan Micra K10 LS

Best Presented Car

Judged by Mr. John Nixon. Award donated by Mr. Terry Martin.

28 Geoff Awde Margaret Breakell MG B

Marshal’s Award

Drawn at random. Selection of Cheeses presented by Wensleydale Creamery.

This was won by Ken Wilkinson.

Andy Mort Tour 2018 – Event Summary by Owen Frankland

The Andy Mort Tour 2018 was run on the 20th October, receiving praise from all involved. One of the Competitors, Owen Frankland in Car 10, has prepared a blog and video on YouTube, which are linked below:

Owen’s Blog, including experiences and some pictures is here: http://www.oily-hands-mg-life.co.uk/oilys-news/andy-mort-tour

The 9 minute YouTube Video is here: https://youtu.be/49LZCwMb53o

Start Times for 2018 Andy Mort Tour

Here is the list of entrants and start times for the 20th October’s Andy Mort Tour. (updated 19th October, 9pm)

CarStartDriverCo-DriverMakeModel
109:31Rob BaxandallRyan OffordLandroverDefender
209:32Charlie WoodwardRod BreretonTalbotSunbeam
309:33Ian RowsonPaul CooperFordRS2000 Custom
409:34Andy StanworthAlan RidehalghBMCMini
509:35Colin CassonAndy BrookFord Focus RS
609:36Ian BriggsAngela BriggsMiniRacing Flame
709:37Nigel WorswickPaula SwinscoeFordFocus RS
809:38Mark SmithJustin MoranSubaruWRX Sti
909:39Roger BroomPamela BroomSkodaCitigo
1009:40Owen FranklandPam FranklandMG3 Sport
1109:41Simon BoardmanRoger MatherVolvoAmazon
1209:42Ian HarrisonEllie MurrayBMWZ4M
1409:44Phil HowarthGeoff MaineMazdaMX5
1509:45Stuart WilsonSam ColmanPorscheBoxster
1609:46Duncan HopkinsonMike HeyesMGCGT
1709:47Damian WhittleMark HughesSubaruImpreza RB5
1809:48John CooperJanet RitsonRoverMini Cooper
1909:49Paul TattersallNeil MolyneuxLanciaStratos HF
2009:50David RosePhil DeanMiniRose
2109:51Ian SwallowVictoria SwallowProtonSatria GTI
2209:52Colin TaylorJudith BarnesTriumphTR250
2309:53Peter CroftAmanda BradleyMGMGB GT
2409:54Julie WardaleDavid WardaleVWTransporter T6
2509:55Michael TomlinsonBarry WilkinsonMazdaMX5
2609:56Phil MerrallSimon RobinsonToyotaStarlet
2709:57Sean HollySarah HollyPorsche911T
2809:58Geoff AwdeMargaret BreakellMGB
2909:59Bill HoneywellVal HoneywellPorsche911 Carrera S
3010:00Andrew OgdenSue OgdenAlfa RomeoGTV 2000
3110:01Stuart MasonFrank SharplesMercedesSL 350
3210:02Keith OglesbyGraham HansonAustin HealeySprite MK 1
3310:03John SharplesStephen BrindleDAXCobra 427
3410:04Clare BurchTugs SherringtonNissanMicra
3510:05Michelle SwallowLucy ScottProtonWira
3610:06James SwallowAndy GillettBMW1 Series
3710:07Ian StansfieldSusan HolmesFordKuga
3810:08Tim CruttendenStephen BroadbentNissanMicra K10 LS
3910:09Helen MeadowsMartin MeadowsSkodaFabia