The Motor Sports Association has welcomes the New Year Honours awards made to the British racing world following the success of both Jenson Button and Ross Brawn's eponymous team in 2009.

Brawn, who guided the former Honda F1 operation to both the team and individual world championships in its only season - the team was later taken over by Mercedes for 2010 - received an OBE in recognition of more than 30 years of service to motorsport, and the eight drivers' and constructors' titles that he has been a part of.

Button, meanwhile, was awarded an MBE in recognition of his performances for the Brawn team that yielded six race wins - all from the first seven events of the 2009 campaign - and a first F1 drivers' championship.

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"On behalf of British motorsport, we are delighted to see both Ross and Jenson honoured for their outstanding achievements in 2009," MSA CEO Colin Hilton said, "Last year's efforts were the culmination of many years of dedication and hard work by both men - not forgetting, of course, the great teams behind them - and it is fitting
that their success has been noted by Queen and country."

Alongside the more high-profile honours, David Butler also received an MBE for services to disabled motorsport. As chairman of British Motor Sport for the Disabled - which he established in 1987 - Butler has been instrumental in setting the safety criteria and assessment that has opened up motorsport to disabled drivers. He is still the only disabled driver worldwide to have held both an International Race and International Rally Licence, and his persistence and dedication has now enabled many others to follow his lead.

"David Butler has worked tirelessly to benefit others and has greatly enhanced the status of disabled people, especially those wishing to be involved in motorsport," Hilton added, "He has been an inspiration, a role model and a symbol of hope to many disabled people and he is a fully deserving of this great recognition."