The Chairman and directors of the Royal Automobile Club offer their warmest congratulations and sincere good wishes to Derek Warwick as he takes over the role of BRDC President from Damon Hill OBE. Derek has been a member and steward of the Royal Automobile Club since 2002.
Ben Cussons, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club Motoring Committee, said: “Derek was a hugely successful racing driver who has used his talents to contribute to other aspects of motor racing. He has acted as steward at F1 races and, as a director of the BRDC, has been heavily involved in the management of the BRDC SuperStars and keenly supports young British drivers. We wish him the best in his position as President of the BRDC, his sporting and commercial skills will equip him well for his new role.”
Having begun his career in stock car racing, Warwick progressed rapidly to win the British Formula 3 Championship in 1978. His made his maiden F1 appearance three years later with the new Toleman team. He subsequently made 162 appearances in Formula 1, driving for Renault, Brabham, Arrows and Footwork teams.
Warwick had outstanding success in sportscar racing, winning the World Sportscar Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992. He also raced in the British Touring Car Championship and co-founded the team that took over running the Vauxhall BTCC entry from 1997. In 2005 and 2006 he raced in the Grand Prix Masters series. Warwick won the Hawthorn Memorial Trophy, awarded to the most successful British or Commonwealth F1 driver in both 1984 and 1988.
The Royal Automobile Club
Throughout its 114-year history, the Royal Automobile Club has continuously supported and promoted the development of motoring. Most recently, 2010 saw the inaugural annual Future Car Challenge showcase the very latest low energy vehicles. The event – involving a 60-mile trial from Brighton to London – received huge support from motor manufacturers, individuals and research organisations around the world. The 2011 Future Car Challenge takes place on Saturday 5 November, one day before the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the world’s longest-running motoring event.
The Club also presents a number of significant awards each year including the Segrave Trophy which, in 2010, was awarded to Adrian Newey for designing Formula 1 championship-winning cars for three different British-based teams: Williams, McLaren and Red Bull Racing.
In 2011, The Royal Automobile Club celebrates the centenary of its Pall Mall clubhouse