Warwick is elected BRDC president

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THE British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) has announced that Derek Warwick has been elected as BRDC president.

Warwick, whose distinguished motor racing career includes 11 seasons and 147 starts in Formula One, wins in the prestigious Le Mans 24-hours race and the World Sportscar Championship, and three seasons in the British Touring Car Championship, has taken over the role from Damon Hill OBE.

Warwick said: “The BRDC and Silverstone face an exciting future. We now have a 21st century race circuit with 21st century facilities.

“Over the next five-10 years we have the opportunity to continue developing Silverstone into the best motor sport venue in the world.

“The immediate focus is on securing third party investment in Silverstone, to realise the full potential of the 760-acre estate.”

He added: “I am also passionate about supporting our young British drivers. It is important to me that the Club is a place that young drivers want to come to. Us older members are the heart and soul of the BRDC, but the younger drivers are our future.

“That’s why I’ll remain very much involved with programmes such as the BRDC SuperStars, BRDC Rising Stars and McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year, of which I am chairman.

“The success of the British motor sport industry, including the British Grand Prix, is intrinsically linked to the success of British drivers, competing at the pinnacle of their sport.

“These are tough economic times for everyone, especially our young drivers, and the motor sport industry needs to pull together to support up-and-coming talent.”