dsc 2005 Awards 28 – UK Spirit of Racing Award
This award is one recognizing those difficult to
define criteria – those groups and individuals who are just
a pleasure to be at the same racetrack with. Often fan favourites,
often underdogs, almost always receiving rapturous response when
their successes come, simply because they are a popular part of
the scene. Our three winners this year are no different and the
more than a dozen others who received nominations say more for the
reasons behind our continued love and enjoyment for this part of
a crowded motorsport scene than mere words can say.
France gets an honourable mention here for his continued efforts
to put some vim into the marketing and promotion of GT racing.
Two GT3 drivers too get votes of confidence –
Trackspeed’s David Ashburn for his outlook, attitude and competitive
instinct and Keith Ahlers for being, quite frankly, one of the most
gentlemanly of gentleman drivers anywhere. The British championship
should feel privileged to have him back for 2006.
The winner though is a group of people, and a rather
large one at that, in which Mr Ahlers played a small part. It is
composed of not just drivers, sponsors, marshals and mechanics but
also families, friends, fans and, perhaps most importantly the backroom
staff who put on a quite inspirational effort to make a success
of an event which few gave any chance.
It’s not just about the principal players
on either side of the pit wall, but rather about everybody that
approached it with the correct outlook. From the marshals who assisted
Howard Redhouse out of his crashed BMW, through the team with the
Jacuzzi at the rear of the pits, through the two drivers who tied
three sleeping journalists together in the early hours of the morning
and then gloried in their red-eyed attempts to escape when pelted
with cherry tomatoes, the infamous German Mercedes team and their
astonishing road car, and from dsc a particular mention to both
Dunlop PR lady Pippa (Easy Tiger) Nielsen and Britcar media man
(and dsc regular) Steve (no the other one!) Wood.
2005 United Kingdom Spirit of Racing Award goes to the organisers
and competitors in the inaugural Britcar 24 Hours.