A number of top motorsport stars have been honoured at the annual British Racing Drivers' Club awards ceremony.
Although a number of F1 stars secured awards, the top honour went the way of Chevrolet's World Touring Car Championship driver Rob Huff, who picked up the BRDC Gold Star for his 2011 campaign, where he just missed out on the championship crown to team-mate Yvan Muller. Huff also secured the Richard Seaman Trophy for topping the Gold Star scoring system, while the BRDC Silver Star – the national equivalent of the Gold Star – went to Jason Plato for his campaign in the BTCC.
Damon Hill's contribution to both the BRDC and to motorsport saw him awarded the Gold Medal, while there were also awards for the likes of Jenson Button, Paul di Resta, Fernando Alonso
and Christian Horner from the F1 world.
Dario Franchitti's performance in lifting another IndyCar title saw him beat the F1 stars to the Graham Hill Trophy, while the Scot was also involved in one of the most poignant awards of the event when he presented Jo Wheldon – the sister-in-law of the late Dan Wheldon – with the Earl Howe Trophy for being the highest placed driver in the Indianapolis 500.
Another emotional award saw John Surtees present the Henry Surtees Award – in memory of his son - to Formula Ford race Scott Malvern.
2011 BRDC Award Winners:
Gold Star: Rob Huff
First presented in 1929. The BRDC Gold Star is the Club's premier annual award. It recognises the strongest performance of the year by a Member in International motor sport. Points are awarded according to a set formula.
Silver Star: Jason Plato
The domestic equivalent of the BRDC Gold Star.
Gold Medal: Damon Hill
The BRDC's highest recognition of achievement in, and contribution to, the Club and the sport of motor racing.
Trophy: Rob Wickens
Awarded to the Commonwealth driver who has established the most meritorious performances in international motor racing.
Chris Bristow Trophy: Oliver Rowland
Awarded to the winner of the BRDC McLaren AUTOSPORT Young Driver of the Year Award.
Colin Chapman Trophy: Christian Horner
A BRDC Special Award presented to an individual who has shown great team spirit, be it a driver, team owner, engineer or similar.
Earl Howe Trophy: Dan Wheldon
Awarded to the highest placed British driver in the Indy 500 race, or to the British driver who has established the most meritorious performance of the year in North America.
ERA Club Trophy: Guy Smith
Awarded to the British driver who, driving a British car, established the most meritorious performance of the year outside the UK.
Fairfield Trophy: Paul di Resta
Awarded for an outstanding performance by a BRDC Member.
Graham Hill Trophy: Dario Franchitti
Awarded to the British driver for the most meritorious performance in single-seater racing.
Innes Ireland Trophy: Mike Conway