dsc Awards For 2005 – Part 1 – Drivers of the
First a reminder of just how these awards work.
We invite all of the regular contributors to dsc
to nominate award winners in a number of categories. Our North American
team, European team and British team nominate in the areas they
were responsible for covering in 2005.
This year we’re
announcing the results in a slightly different fashion – this
first section will give the results of the Drivers of the Year in
all three sections and over the next few days, the remaining awards
will follow on.
of the Year - UK
Masarati’s gutsy performances on the way to a GT3 championship
win proved worthy of mention here, as did Tim Mullen’s efforts
behind the wheel of the Ferrari 360 he shared all season with Chris
Niarchos. Phil Keen too was noticed by our judges, his raw speed
will be a force for years to come. Embassy Racing’s Neil Cunningham
and Ben Collins both caught the eye too, the only crew to take a
win (in fact a pair of wins) in the championship, apart from the
championship-winning Scuderia Ecosse Ferrari.
All of these
though were eclipsed by a pair of exceptional performers: the honour
and disappointment of the runner up slot though has to go somewhere
and Allan Simonsen comes second here, not by quite as slim a margin
as the one he had over Masarati at the extraordinary Silverstone
2 Hour race, but decisive nonetheless.
was though a clear winner here – as clear a winner as he was
in the British GT Championship. Pole position in every qualifying
session he contested and a race winner, alongside Nathan Kinch,
in all but two of them too. Searing pace and a smart racing head
on his shoulders, Andrew Kirkaldy is the dailysportscar.com
UK Driver of the Year 2005.
“No argument, never a wheel wrong, a total
pro, helped bring out the best in Nathan Kinch and deserved the
title.” – David Addison
“An almost flawless season. Always fast and
nearly always the fastest of all.” – Paul Slinger
a professional driver should do in a series like British GT, in
the best prepped car, should do – he dominated, everywhere!
– Adam Proctor