dsc 2005 Awards 17 – European Non-Driver of the Year
Multiple nominations again here, with Stephane Ratel’s
efforts in rebuilding the FIA GT championship, is media delegate
Jacquie Groom’s efforts in serving the press corps, and commentator
extraordinaire David Addison all getting the quality seal of approval
from our judging panel.
Prodrive’s David Richards gets a vote here
too (apparently more popular in Europe than the USA!), as does Audi’s
engine guru Ulrich Baretsky (just how significant will his 2006
Third place here is a regular nominee, and with
good reason. His love of sportscar racing is undiminished, despite
it having been the core of his full time employment for almost a
decade. With modest financial rewards on offer, he has personally
championed the interests of a succession of teams and drivers and
without his tireless efforts dailysportscar simply would not be
possible. It is of course Malcolm Cracknell.
Second place goes to another older gentlemen with
a beard, who has a reputation for sometimes being a little grumpy!
Joking aside, Henri Pescarolo’s efforts in putting together
a winning LMP1 effort in the LMES and the best shot in years of
a French overall win was brave, well worked out and added enormously
to the show. To be beaten at the main event by the Audi R8 must
have been a crushing blow, but his team stayed firm and won the
winner though is really our kind of sportsman.
with running a brand new Porsche RSR for paying customers, he dusted
off his old 911 GT3R, already a championship winner in 2004, used
his own money to help fund a three race effort from Lieb and Pompidou,
and took all three wins and the LMES GT2 title (again).
2005 European Non Driver of the Year is Hugh Hayden.
“Three races and three wins with a Porsche
from Y2K!” David Legangneux
Old school values. No new tricks required in 2005 for the old dog!”