The 2300 Club of Blackburn is pleased to announce the appointment of John Cope as the new manager of the John Easson Award.
John has taken over the reins from Allan Durham, who has been co-ordinator for over ten years, and will now oversee the running of the 2021 Award.
“I was delighted to accept the role when it was offered to me, “ said John, who already sits on the judging panel.
A director in the family engineering business, John started rallying at the age of 17 in road rallies with a variety of Mk2 Escorts.
He progressed to stage rallying in 1992 with a Sierra Cosworth graduating to his now-familiar Subaru Impreza WRC.
He added: “Allan has been a pivotal part of the JEA long before I was involved in helping select the winner, and he has managed it with a professionalism I can only admire.
“They are big boots to fill, and I hope I maintain the very high standards that Allan has set.”
Although he is stepping down from his role, Allan will continue to give John and the 2300 Club the benefit of his knowledge and experience.
He said: “John was always my first choice to take over from me. He has been involved in the scheme for a number of years after agreeing to be part of the judging panel. He is still actively competing in rallying and has a genuine interest in the development of young drivers coming into the sport. After competing on the Tour of Mull for many years John is well-known to most of the 2300 Club members, and I will offering him any help he needs during his transition into the role.”
2300 Club chairman Neil Molyneux added: “We are delighted that John has accepted the position. The John Easson Award is acknowledged as the top scholarship in UK Rallying. Under his guiding hand, I’m certain that will continue.”
* Entries for the 2021 John Easson Award are now open and close at midnight on the 31 October 2021. Details for entry application here.