BTCC champion and two time Porsche Carerra Cup Great Britain Champion Tim Harvey has decided to step down from his role as Director of the BRDC SuperStars programme, after 11 years in the role.
Replacing Harvey will be former Aston Martin and Bentley factory driver Andy Meyrick, who is eager to continue the programme’s superb work which has seen active participants take 371 wins, 1,514 podiums, and 320 pole positions whilst receiving guidance and mentorship from the BRDC.
Tim Harvey, who has worked hard and long to ensure that the programme is as successful as it can be, leaves with two current SuperStars, Lando Norris and George Russell set to enter Formula One in 2019 alongside former SuperStar Alexander Albon, and leaves a legacy of having five SuperStars make it to F1, four more gaining official test roles, as well as overall and class winners at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“The SuperStars programme has been a big part of my life for the past 11 years and is something of which I am immensely proud,” Harvey said. “To see so many of our young stars go on to achieve not only successful but professional careers in motor sport is tremendously rewarding. Due to my commitments to the programme it has meant that I have not had time to pursue a number of other projects and with two SuperStars moving into F1 next season it seems like a good time for me to pass the baton over to Andy.
“I’m sure he will do an excellent job as the new Director and I will continue to be available to Andy and the SuperStars as an active member of the BRDC whilst I focus on other areas of young driver development and management.”
Andy Meyrick added: “It is a tremendous honour to have been asked to become Director and I’m absolutely delighted that Tim, Derek Warwick, Ian Titchmarsh, and the board of the BRDC has offered me the chance to work with the SuperStars.
“Tim has done an incredible job turning it into what it is today. It’s recognised all over the world. Drivers want to be a SuperStar and all the members wear the badge with pride. I was a Rising Star and then a SuperStar and I have experienced first-hand the difference it can make and the value that it brings to young Brits, so I cannot wait to carry on the work Tim has done.”
Speaking to the DSC Editor Meyrick said: “Tim started his role when he was still very much a force to be reckoned with on track and I’m still a very active driver with many of the same performance and commercial professional challenges that the young drivers coming through the scheme will be encountering.
“I think that’s a very valuable perspective to bring to this in a fast-changing world. I know how much Tim has got personally from the buzz of watching young talents move up through the ranks with help from the scheme, I can’t wait to see what the next chapter brings.