Hill set to hand BRDC Presidency to Warwick
7 June 2011 – Silverstone owner the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) has confirmed that Damon Hill will soon be relinquishing his post as President. The 1996 World Champion, who replaced Sir Jackie Stewart, is now poised to hand the role to former Formula 1 and British Touring Car racer Derek Warwick.
Hill was appointed President in 2006, with his achievements having included the signing of a 17-year deal for the British Grand Prix as well as overseeing the modified circuit layout and recent opening of the Silverstone Wing. In 2010, MotoGP returned to the Northamptonshire venue from Donington Park.
“It has been a great privilege and honour to serve as BRDC President since 2006,” Hill comments. “As a club and business, we can be immensely proud of everything we have achieved for British motorsport over the past few years. The BRDC and Silverstone face a stable and exciting future, so the timing is right for me to hand over the reins and devote more time to my family, my own interests and the racing career of our son, Josh. However, I remain a committed Member of the BRDC and look forward to watching the club go from strength to strength.”
The board has now announced its ‘unanimous support’ for President elect Warwick.
“The Board is delighted that Derek is willing to offer himself for election as BRDC President, to take over from Damon,” Rolt continued. “In Derek we have another hugely experienced, yet down to earth, genuine racer.”