dsc 2005 Awards 16 – UK Non-Driver of the Year
Four nominees but a clear winner here.
John Griffiths gets a mention here, for the efforts
he and the rest of the Eclipse Motorsport crew put into preparing
the Mosler MT900R. After an accident-affected start to the season,
the #69 car emerged as a true contender for race wins.
Malcolm Swetnam’s contribution to the steamroller
effort from Scuderia Ecosse was there for all to see – peerless
race strategy and well-drilled pit routine laid strong foundations
for a dominant season.
Last year’s winner, Embassy Racing boss Jonathan
France, makes a repeat appearance in the nominations, not least
for his efforts in bringing web radio coverage of the British Championship
to the fans, worldwide.
winner though is an enigma. Some see him as a dividing influence
in domestic racing, some as a voice of common sense amongst the
politics. Some love his directness, others find his sometimes exaggerated
claims prevent him from truly being taken seriously.
What he has
undoubtedly done though is to focus the attention of teams and race
organizers on the aspects of his race weekend package which have
proven popular with entrants.
In a period when the most often heard lament in
British paddocks has been “Nobody cares about what we want,”
this man decided to listen and then deliver.
United Kingdom Non Driver of the Year 2005 is EERC supreme
“He did it didn’t he. He brought 24
Hour racing back to the UK” Mark Howson
“For daring to invent the Britcar 24 Hours!”