dsc 2005 Awards 2 - European Driver of the Year
The European Driver of the Year for 2005 was a far
from foregone conclusion.
With a historic
Le Mans 24 Hours and close fought battles in both the Le Mans Endurance
Series and FIA GT Championship, it was a fabulous year of sportscar
the quality was found not only in the headline LMP1 and GT1 classes
but throughout the field – there were Driver of the Year nominations
in Europe in all four major classes
It was a mark
of the quality in depth in European racing that record-breaking
seven time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen didn’t make the top
four in this vote.
In LMP1, Emmanuel
Collard was recognized for his searing pace at Le Mans and his championship
winning LMES form aboard the Pescarolo C60 Hybrid, while Allan McNish
drew praise for his signature style of gutsy and fast, faultless
driving in the ORECA Audi.
LMP2 pace, racecraft and a Le Mans class win earned
RML MG Lola star Thomas Erdos a mention here too.
In GT2, Xavier
Pompidou was rightly acknowledged for his stunning pace and the
efforts of GT2 class winner Marc Lieb, in the FIA GT Championship,
the LMES and the Le Mans 24 Hours, were recognized with a joint
second place here, alongside GruppeM team-mate and Porsche Cup victor
Tim Sugden and Zytek star Hayanari Shimoda.
winner though was a man who made his car fly whenever he climbed
aboard. Whether it was the Aston Martin DBR9 he piloted at Sebring,
Le Mans, the Spa 24 Hours and to a race win in the Tourist Trophy
round of the FIA GT Championship, the Schnitzer BMW M3 GTR he took
to a fourth win at the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, the MenX Ferrari
550 in which he gave a virtuoso performance in the Istanbul round
of the LMES or the Larbre Ferrari 550 he guided to an FIA GT championship
win for Gabriele Gardel.
Lamy is the dailysportscar.com European
Driver of the Year for 2005.
“He was a genius throughout the season” – Sergio
“Jack Leconte gave him an opportunity to shine
in the #11 Larbre Ferrari and he did so, repeatedly.” –
“Be it in the Aston or the Ferrari he was
stunning and his drives in the Middle East proved it!” –