We’re well into the Awards season now and one of the latest batches has come from the British Racing Driver’s Club whose Annual gala dinner was held on Monday with a high proportion of the annual awards going to drivers in endurance and GT racing.
The Richard Seaman Trophy: Jann Mardenborough
For the best placed BRDC member in Gold Star points outside Formula One, Jann’s performances in single seater and Super GT campaigns look set to be rewarded in 2017 with the GT Academy winner looking likely to be given a full season GT500 seat.
The Nigel Moores Trophy: Tom Ferrier (TF Sport)
For the most meritorious performance in international motor racing by a private entrant, TF Sport Champions in both the British GT Championship and Michele GT3 Le Mans Cup, They’ll be at Le Mans in 2017 as a result.
The Fairfield Trophy: Oliver Gavin
For an outstanding performance by a BRDC Member. A Champion again in North America with the IMSA Drivers Championship (together with Tommy Milner in the hotly contested GTLM class for Corvette Racing.
The Colin Chapman Trophy: Darren Turner
A special BRDC award to an individual displaying great team sprit be it a driver, team owner or engineer. Richly deserved recognition of a long, highly successful and continuing career for one of the longest serving factory drivers anywhere!
The ACO Plate: Mike Conway
On behalf of the Automobile Club De L’Ouest to the highest placed British driver at the Le Mans 24 Hour race. Second overall after one the most dramatic finish in the history of the great race.
The Silverstone-Le Mans Challenge: Porsche: Romain Dumas, Neel Jani & Marc Lieb
For the driver or team achieving the highest combined finishing record of the Silverstone FIA WEC race and the Le Mans 24 Hour race. A win at Le Mans after Toyota’s last gasp dramas and a win at Silverstone after a dramatic race there too gave the eventual World Champions an unbeatable score!
The John Cobb Memorial Trophy: Simon Dolan & Harry Tincknell
For a success of outstanding character achieved by a British driver, in a British car. The G-Drive/Jota pair, together with Giedo van der Garde scoired a dramatic ELMS Championship win in the the Mighty #38 Gibson Nissan, the title won in circumstances as dramatic as those that the same team has lost it in previous years. Gripping stuff!
The Woolf Barnato Trophy: Strakka Racing: Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane & Danny Watts
To the highest placed British driver or team, in a British car, in the Le Mans 24 Hour race. 4th in LMP2 and 8th overall and the second BRDC award going to a team running the Gibson chassis!
The ERA Club Trophy: Rob Bell
For the British driver, driving a British car, establishing the most meritorious performance in the year outside of the UK. The Blancpain Endurance Series title deservedly going to Rob Bell and the Garage 59 McLaren squad.
The Chris Bristol Trophy: Lando Norris
For the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award.
A word too for Lando Norris, a Ginetta Juniors graduate who is impressing all with his speed and race craft. The McLaren Autosport Young Drivers Award deservedly went to the young Englishman who looked a class apart at times wherever he raced in 2017.