Spanish Automobile Federation Awards Night In Madrid
Last Friday evening (December 17) saw the Spanish Champions from
every series in Spain being presented with their trophies. The evening
ended with a pair of special awards, one from the Spanish Automobile
Federation and another from the FIA, to Carlos Sainz. Unfortunately,
flight delays prevented the former World Rally Champion from attending
the ceremony himself.
Shaun Balfe was also unable to attend (owing to illness), but he
sent his thanks with a couple of members of the team, who gratefully
accepted the hospitality of the Spanish organisers! Balfe’s
racing partner Nigel Taylor was present, and he duly accepted both
trophies, for winning the Spanish GT Championship.
GT racer Matt Johnson was also at the ceremony, to collect his award
for taking the runner-up spot in the Spanish Seat Cupra Championship.
Much amusement was taken form the fact that it announced that he
was 'Sub-Champion', which the British members of the audience took
to mean that his driving must have been sub-standard to not have
clinched the title at the last round!