Friday 11th January saw day two of Autosport international 2013. The big news of the day was the presentation of the BWRDC (British Womens racing drivers club) Goldstar awards on the MSA stand. As usual two awards were presented, the Elite and club award. The elite award is presented to the best driver aiming for a professional career whereas the club award is for those drivers who are mostly racing for fun but still achieving in the sport. The winners receive a whole range of prizes and also mentoring from Susie Wolff for the Elite award and Liz Haliday for the club award. The Club award this year was won by Sian Stafford Atkinson who was racing in the 750 Motorclub Locust championship.
This year’s elite winner will be very well known to regular readers of the site as Zoe Wenham finally won the award after four nominations over the years.
“it’s a great feeling to finally win it.” She said after being presented with the prize by BRDC president Derek Warwick. “I’m really happy and I’ll be definitely be taking advantage of the benefits of having Susie as my mentor.”
The list of prizes is both winners receive is impressive;
• Donington Park – voucher for one day testing
• Lucas Oil Products - oil for the 2013 season
• GrandPrix Racewear - £50 voucher
• Dan Summers Design – a vectorised portrait
• iZone – 2 hour training session on the simulator at Silverstone
• Stand 21 - £100 voucher
• Piers Dowell, PDP.- 70% discount for personalised helmet design
Away from the excitement of the awards, today saw the final day of the Autosport engineering section of the exhibition. With a huge amount of business being done over the two days by engineering and component suppliers, the hall is now given over to the oval and short track racing show, where there will be a whole host of new attractions for the visitors over the weekend.
F1 Racing has its usual F1 display with cars from all the 2012 F1 grid. Interviews will be held there over the weekend with F1 stars past and present.
The main Autosport stage is another place to hear interviews from drivers and other interesting people from all over motorsport. Sponsored this year by Tesco’s Kx, you can also hear from the winners for this year’s KX Ackademy Scholarship. They have the new Fiesta WRC, a BTCC MG and the new Bentley GT3 on display in front of the stage.
Even more interviews can be found on the formula kart stars stage which features a display of some historic f1 cars alongside karts belonging to F1 stars such as Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. They will be interviewing drivers ranging from young karters up to legends of the sport.
A tribute to another legend can be found in the display of Sir Jackie Stewart’s cars. Cars from throughout his career are on display, with some from Sports and touring cars also being shown next to the famous F1 cars. There is also a Stewart f1 car from his time as an F1 team owner.
There is also a display of historic touring cars. These are present to mark the launch of a new historic touring car championship run by the HSCC. You can read more about the BTCC presence at the show later in the weekend.
The annual charity kart race was taking place on Friday evening this year. This time run by Race Drivers Inc on behalf of Johnny Herbert, the race is raising money for the Alzheimer’s society in memory of driver Dan Wheldon. (Who was killed during an Indycar race in 2011.) It was announced before the race that £32,000 had already been raised. You can race on the track too when it reverts to public arrive and drive sessions for the rest of the show.
With just two more days to go, tickets are still available on the door for the public days to come and see the show for yourself. By Marc Waller