Lewis Hamilton was in London on Monday to pick up trophies awarded to him by the Silverstone-based British Racing Drivers’ Club.
The BRDC’s Annual Awards ceremony took place at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London, and Hamilton was presented with four trophies, including two BRDC Gold Stars in recognition of his F1 World Championship triumph. Hamilton also scooped the Graham Hill Trophy and Johnny Wakefield Trophy..
Winner of 11 of the 19 Grand Prix races for the Brackley-based Mercedes team this season, Hamilton said: “The BRDC is very special to me and I have been associated with the club since my karting days. Winning the world title for the second time was great and to celebrate this with my BRDC friends is very special.”
Paddy Lowe, the team chief of Brackley’s Mercedes AMG Petronas team, was also presented with an award for the part he played in the squad’s dominant success during the 2014 season.
Brackley’s Anthony Davidson was another BRDC winner. The Toyota driver won the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship this season with Sebastien Buemi, and as a result, was awarded the Silverstone-Le Mans Challenge Trophy.
He was also presented the ACO Plate for his performance in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, where he finished third. In recognition of his success, the BRDC also presented him with a Special BRDC Gold Star.
Davidson said: “To be presented with a BRDC really tops off an amazing season for me. Winning the WEC was very special and to be recognised in this way by the BRDC means a great deal.
“My success this season is all down to Toyota, who provided me with a great car, and also my team-mates.”
The 2015 motorsport season will kick-off in Birmingham when the Autosport International Show takes place between January 8-11.
The event will see many Advertiser & Review region team, drivers and organisers to announce plans.
The Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club (HSCC) are planning to formally release their 2015 race meeting dates, while the 2015 Walter Hayes Trophy will be officially launched.
Former Porsche Carrera Cup and FIA GT3 Championship racer, Tingewick’s Chris Dymond, said: “The Autosport International Show is always a great start to the year and currently I am involved with a project that should be in a position to be announced at the NEC.
“We are just working on the final components of the project, and if all the pieces fall into position during the next three weeks then the Autosport International will present the ideal opportunity to launch the project.”