dsc 2005 Awards 3 – North American Driver of the Year
received nominations here, and again almost every major class was
covered - all four ALMS classes and the Daytona Prototype class
in Grand Am.
Max Angelelli’s Grand Am championship winning
form aboard the SunTrust Riley earned him a mention here.
Jorg Bergmeister too gained the recognition of the
panel, with storming form in the ALMS GT2 winning Petersen White
Team Corvette’s Olivier Beretta and Ron Fellows
are mentioned in dsc despatches too, after a great debut season
for the Corvette C6.R
LMP2 winner Clint Field makes the list, the youngster
maturing beautifully aboard the super quick Intersport Lola B05/40.
Dyson Racing’s James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger
and Andy Wallace are here too, Weaver for his commitment and searing
pace, Leitzinger for his speed and racecraft and AWOL for not only
his form aboard the Dyson Lola but also in the CITGO Howard-Boss
Crawford in Grand Am.
Champion Racing’s Emanuele Pirro joins the
nine drivers lying in equal third place here. The ever smiling Italian
again proved his worth aboard an Audi R8, with yet more silverware
for the trophy cabinet.
Second place by a whisker goes to the ‘other’
Ollie – Oliver Gavin again showing why it is that Corvette
Racing went trawling for international talent. A dominant year from
the C6.Rs was still never easy and in a hugely strong two car team
it was driver talent that gave the edge to the #4 Corvette. Gavin
was more often than not the star turn of the bunch and, with Ollie
B, was GT1 Champion to boot.
here though was one of the veterans in the ALMS field, who campaigned
aboard another ‘veteran’ – and won!
Searingly fast, magnificent in traffic, a truly
world class player in what is still the world’s most difficult
sportscar championship to win. Our man took the fight to the rest
and came out victorious.
2005 Driver of the Year for North America is Frank Biela.
“He never put a foot wrong, nor his nose where
it didn’t belong! Except when he lit up at the Road America
bike ride.” Regis Lefebure
provoked by Regis Lefebure…)