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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.
‘Having overseen one of the most important and successful periods in the history of both the British Racing Drivers’ Club and Silverstone, Damon Hill O.B.E. has indicated to the BRDC Board that he plans to stand down as BRDC President at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 August,’ reads a press release issued on Tuesday.
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.”
“I cannot speak highly enough of the superb work that Damon has carried out since his appointment as BRDC President,” adds BRDC Chairman Stuart Rolt. “We owe him an immense debt of gratitude for the commitment and energy he has put into being the public face of the club, and therefore Silverstone, at times of uncertainty and then great optimism. We will miss his low key, no nonsense approach to life and wish him all the best.”
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.”
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