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Formula 1’s Mark Webber has been promoted as this year’s BRDC Gold Star winner, with original beneficiary Andy Priaulx having lost the honour following an FIA investigation which resulted in the Guernseyman losing second place in the first race at Okayama, Japan.
The prestigious Gold Star of 2010 had been awarded to the BMW World Touring Car driver earlier this month although his Japanese exclusion means he also loses points in the BRDC standings, with sporting governing body the FIA having disqualified the Englishman for an illegal gearbox on his 320si.
Red Bull's Webber therefore becomes the first Australian to pick up the honour since Alan Jones in 1981, with Jack Brabham having first won the prize as an Australian 51 years ago.
“Winning the Gold Star was something I was very proud of, so losing it in this way is deeply disappointing for me,” Priaulx commented.
“It was a shame my year ended in this way but after scoring six victories and becoming the most successful FIA WTCC driver in history, with 18 wins, I mustn’t complain too much.
“I want to congratulate Mark on winning the Gold Star; he’s a great driver and I can think of no-one I would rather it went too, as he also had a tough year.”
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