7 December 2010
BRDC honours Moss, Stewart
Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart joined current and future greats in being honoured at the annual BRDC awards ceremony.
The British Racing Drivers' Club celebrated the 2010 motorsport season at a star-studded Annual Awards dinner on Monday, with two of the club's knights of the realm – Sir Stirling Moss and Sir Jackie Stewart OBE centre stage.
The courage and bravery of BRDC vice-president for life Moss was acknowledged by his racing peers and colleagues, as the 81-year old British racing icon was awarded the Innes Ireland Trophy following his recovery from serious injury and his return to the track earlier in the year. Sir Jackie Stewart's exceptional contribution to the BRDC and motor racing as a sport was also recognised, with the Scot being awarded a BRDC Gold Medal.
Elsewhere, F1 title contender Mark Webber just managed to beat World Touring Car driver Andy Priaulx to the BRDC's premier annual award, the Gold Star/Richard Seaman Trophy, and also managed to snare the Bruce McLaren Trophy, awarded to the Commonwealth driver who has established the most meritorious performances in international motor racing.
The achievements of Britain's two F1 drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, were also recognised, with the two McLaren team-mates being awarded the Graham Hill and ERA Club trophies respectively. Red Bull's F1 success, meanwhile, was further celebrated by Adrian Newey who collected the Sir Jackie Stewart Award, presented annually to a motor sport engineer who has shown brilliance during the course of the season.
Other F1 'winners' included Virgin Racing boss John Booth - who picked up the Colin Chapman Trophy, a special award presented to an individual who has shown great team spirit, be it a driver, team owner, engineer or similar - and Fernando Alonso, whose Johnny Wakefield Trophy is awarded to the driver setting the fastest race lap of the season on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.
IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, BTCC ace Gordon Shedden, former F1 hopeful turned sportscar star Anthony Davidson, F3 champion and Toro Rosso test driver Jean-Eric Vergne, sports prototype frontrunners Timo Bernhard, Allan McNish, Andy Wallace, Mike Newton and Strakka Racing, F3 racewinner James Calado, FRenault champion Tom Blomqvist, F2 champion and Williams tester Dean Stoneman and new McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Lewis Williamson were all also on the receiving end of silverware.
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