The 2300 Club, organisers of the legendary Tunnock’s Tour of Mull closed road tarmac rally, is proud to announce 19 year old Scotsman Alick Kerr as the winner of the 2007 John Easson Scholarship for young rally drivers.
The scholarship, now in its fourth year, is named after rally driver John Easson, a regular competitor on the Isle of Mull and a generous supporter of the 2300 Club before tragically losing his life in an air accident in 1999.
As winner, Alick will be awarded with a free entry to the Tunnock’s Tour of Mull rally in October 2007, tyre, fuel and ferry costs for the rally, and the trip of a lifetime to the world famous John Haugland Rally School on a frozen lake in Norway next winter. The Norway trip will include 4 days of tuition on advanced rally driving technique from John and his expert team, worth over £3000.
Alick, along with Ross Hunter and Chris Reid were sort listed from entries from all corners of the British Isles and invited to Preston for an interview by a panel of judges. The entries were of again of a very high standard, scholarship manager Dave Bateson commented:
“This year our decision was, as every year, very difficult. It is great to see so many drivers putting in so much effort to progress in the sport and would urge them all to keep it up. This is the third time Alick had entered the scholarship and the commitment and persistence to progress should be an example to all drivers. We look forward to seeing him on the event.”
Kerr was delighted by the judges decision and commented:
“The John Easson Scholarship is a great opportunity and I am very greatful to the judges and the 2300 Club for awarding it to me. I think the rally and the trip to Norway will be an amazing experience and I can’t wait!”
Alick started his motorsport career in karting aged just 8 years old. Then in 2003 he moved towards rallying, progressing onto autotests, auto cross and the Ford Rallye Academy. In 2005 he began his competitive rally career with various rallies on gravel and tarmac in his Peugeot 205. In 2006 and 2007 he has continued his career in the Ecosse 205 Challenge and the Scottish Rally Championship gaining various class and championship round wins.
Alick will possibly contest the Tunnock’s Tour of Mull in a Fiesta ST and will be partnered by usual co-driver Tom Hynd.