David Brabham was honoured for his outstanding performance in the 2009 season at the British Racing Drivers' Club Awards in London this week.
The UK-based Australian enjoyed his most successful career season in 2009, winning his first American Le Mans Series championship with Patrón Highcroft Racing and taking his first victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Peugeot.
Brabham was awarded the BRDC Fairfield Trophy - the prize given for an outstanding performance by a BRDC member in honour of Pat Fairfield, a highly-regarded driver of the pre-war era. Fairfield lost his life in an accident during the 1937 Le Mans 24-Hour race.
"It is a great honour to receive the BRDC Fairfield Trophy for outstanding achievement," said Brabham. "It's been an unbelievable season where I was privileged to race with two fantastic teams. Taking the ALMS title with Patrón Highcroft Racing and winning Le Mans with Peugeot achieved two of my career-long goals in what was a very special year for all of the family.
"Half a century ago, my father won his first F1 crown and it's fantastic to be here in Australia celebrating his remarkable achievements with the rest of the family.
“I am sorry I couldn't be there at the BRDC awards to collect the award but the Fairfield Trophy really is a fitting end to a memorable year. It means a lot to receive this commendation from my peers."
Brabham went close to making further additions to his trophy cabinet last weekend while visiting his homeland and competing in final round of the MINI Challenge series at the Homebush Olympic venue street circuit in Sydney.
Despite never having driven the car prior to the weekend, Brabham was instantly on the pace - finishing 4th, 6th and 4th in the three races.
"If you thought it was hard winning the world's biggest race," Brabham told his assembled rivals post-race, "try winning a MINI Challenge race with you guys. It's harder than anyone realises. I have had a tremendous time this weekend and I can't thank you all enough."