Profile


Simon Ashton at the 2000 BTRDA Awards Ceremony

Simon Ashton

Age 36

From Deepcar, Sheffield
but now living in Växjö, Sweden
(But that doesn't stop me competing in the UK, so you can still ask me to co-drive for you!)

Member of
Wakefield & District Motor Sports Club
and
Wäxjö Motorsällskap

 

Interests

Rallying, Swimming, Rallying, Photography, Rallying, Mountain Biking, Rallying (get the picture...?)

 

Rallying

Won only his second ever event, the 1993 Three Swans Road Rally, many top ten results followed on the way to second overall in the ANCC Road Rally Championship.

Made his stage rally debut on the 1994 Tour of Lincs as a co-driver whilst still driving on road rallies - winning Lindholme MSC's Twelve-Car Road Rally Championship.

In 1996 Simon made his debut as a Road Rally Navigator claiming eighth overall and first in class on the very first event, another top ten result followed shortly afterwards.

1997 - 1st overall co-driver in the Autofocus Photography Northern Stage Rally Championship Multi-Venue Challenge.

1st co-driver in class (1600c.c.) - Ti Rallyschool Northern Stage Rally Championship.

2nd overall co-driver - Ti Rallyschool Northern Stage Rally Championship.

3rd in class - Stena Line Ulster International (Colway F1400) Rally.

In 1998 Simon started co-driving for the Woodfield Garage Rally Team. Five class wins were bagged and six top ten overall placings left Simon as runaway victor in the Phoenix Awards ANEMMC Stage Rally Championship. Simon's first outright victory on the stages came on the October Stages Rally.

1999 saw Simon venture further afield as he claimed third in class in the Peugeot Sport BTRDA Gold Star Championship where events took him from South Wales to the Lake District and he scored seven top three class placings.

The Millennium year saw Simon's busiest yet with 18 events. In the Peugeot Sport BTRDA Gold Star Championship he scored seven second in class placings leaving him in the same place in the Championship! Simon also contested the Mobil 1 British Rally Championship culminating in a class win on the final round - the Manx International.

2001 saw much of the UK's rallying cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth epedemic. However Simon still managed seven outings including two top four overall placings and five class podiums claiming 3rd in class in the BTRDA Gold Star Championship again.

In 2002 the rallying scene returned to normality and Simon scored another two top ten overalls and 2nd in class in the BTRDA Gold Star Championship.

The Astra Challenge was to have been Simon's focus for 2003, however a mid season change of plan brought a fifth consecutive season in the BTRDA Gold Star Championship and another award winning season scoring a Championship third in the ultra competitive class B11.