2017 Dakar Rally winner Sam Sunderland has been awarded the Segrave Trophy by the Royal Automobile Club.

Sunderland became the first Briton to win the Dakar Rally crown after clinching victory in the motorcycle class last year. The Royal Automobile Club awards the Segrave Trophy to those who demonstrate outstanding, skill, courage and initiative on land, sea or air and previous winners include John McGuinness, Nigel Mansell, Lewis Hamilton and Barry Sheene.

Sunderland says he’s been blown away by the award and joining some prestigious racing names on the receipting list after triumphing at the iconic endurance event which travels across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. The Red Bull KTM rider secured victory by over 32 minutes to nearest rival and teammate Matthias Walkner to deliver KTM’s 16th straight Dakar title.

“I’m absolutely honoured to receive this prestigious award from the Royal Automobile Club,” Sunderland said.

“I am so proud to have my name alongside so many of my racing heroes like John Surtees, Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop. I have huge respect for everyone who has been a part of the Trophy’s history’.”

The first recipient of the Segrave Trophy was Air Commodore Sir Charles Kingsford Smith for his transatlantic and England to Australia flights in 1930.

Previous holders of the trophy have included Amy Johnson CBE (1932), Sir Malcolm Campbell (1933 and 1939), Bruce McLaren (1969), Sir Jackie Stewart (1973 and 1999) and Sir Frank Williams (1992).

The Trophy is only awarded if the Segrave Nominations Committee judge there to be a suitable recipient that meets the criteria of the award.

 

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