Champions celebrated as BARC Championship Awards goes virtual

The British Automobile Racing Club rolled out the virtual red carpet this past Saturday (February 6th) as the champions of 2020 were honoured in a unique Awards Presentation on social media.

Whilst this time of year is normally awash with Black Tie events, the current government guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic meant that this year’s BARC Championship Awards Lunch was cancelled.

Originally scheduled to take place at the Thruxton Centre as a low-key replacement for what is traditionally one of the biggest prize-giving evenings of the year, the annual ceremony took on a very different look for 2021 online.

Celebrating the achievements of drivers, marshals and officials via Facebook and Twitter, each champion was honoured with their own individual post, recognising the triumphs they had during the last year.

In addition, the Club also announced the winners of its four secret awards; The Peter Collins Trophy, The Densely Trophy, The Sir Clive Bossom Trophy and the BARC Marshal of the Year.

Tom Lebbon capped off a memorable first season in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship by being the worthy recipient of the coveted Peter Collins Trophy.

Awarded to the most promising newcomer competing in a BARC championship, Lebbon made history in the one-make TOCA support series by becoming the first Scholarship winner to take the overall title in their maiden campaign, chalking up five victories along the way.

Having not been presented last year, The Densely Trophy made a welcome return and it saw Esmee Hawkey’s name be the latest to be engraved onto its famous silverware. Bestowed upon the most successful female driver competing in a BARC championship, Hawkey proved to be a deserving winner.

Competing in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, the Team Parker Racing driver produced a near-perfect season-long performance to clinch the Pro-Am title and score an overall podium finish as well.

For the second year in succession, The Sir Clive Bossom Trophy was shared between two winners. Awarded to the person that completes the most volunteering days over the course of the season, 2020 saw couple Alan Stalker and Nikki Hazelwood tally the most to share the prize.

They weren’t the only marshals that have been commended for their dedication and pivotal work during last season as Mark Trimby was announced as BARC Marshal of the Year.

Boasting a rich history, Mark was one of the standout candidates for the award after he bravely helped a driver escape their car as a fire broke out at Thruxton in September.

Look back over our Awards thread on our Twitter page HERE.

To view the full list of British Automobile Racing Club award winners, CLICK HERE.

BARC 2021 Awards Lunch cancelled

The British Automobile Racing Club regrets to announce that this year’s BARC Awards Lunch – scheduled to take place at the Thruxton Centre on Saturday 6th February 2021 – has had to be cancelled as a result of the current government guidelines regarding the COVID-19 situation.

The February date was itself already a low-key replacement for one of the biggest black tie prize-giving events of the year, celebrating the achievements of drivers, officials and marshals during the previous season.

Ben Taylor, BARC Chief Executive, said: “We knew that weekend events and hotel stays would be out of the question this year, so a lunch event at the new Thruxton Centre seemed to offer the perfect solution to honour the 2020 achievements of our members.

“As with so many plans, however, we have little option but to cancel that as well and have done so as soon as possible to give people a month’s notice. We will do our best to make sure that all those who would have been honoured will get their moment of glory in due course.

“In the meantime, we will continue our preparations for the 2021 season with a great deal of optimism about the new campaign.”

BARC confirms return to Chesford Grange Hotel for Championship Awards Evening

The British Automobile Racing Club’s prestigious Championships Awards Evening will return to the familiar surroundings of Chesford Grange Hotel early next year where the champions of 2018 will be celebrated.

Taking place on Saturday 9th February 2019, race suits and overall will be swapped for black ties and ball gowns at the Warwickshire-based venue.

Hosted by Alan Hyde, champions from across nearly all BARC categories will be honoured on the night whilst appreciation will be shown to officials and marshals for their help and efforts over the course of the year.

In addition to the traditional trophy presentation; dinner, a raffle and entertainment from 2tone will ensure that it is a night that will live long in the memory.

Tickets are priced at £72.00 for BARC Members whilst £82.00 for Non-Members. Click HERE to view the ticket booking form.

For more information regarding the event, please contact: Mandy Curley, BARC Ltd, Thruxton Circuit, Andover, Hants SP11 8PN | Tel: 01264 882202 (direct) | Fax: 01264 882233 | Email: mcurley@barc.net

A limited number of rooms have been allocated at Chesford Grange Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast basis at Double £109 per room and Single £95. Once allocation has gone, the full rate may be charged. To book and pre pay for your accommodation with the hotel’s central reservations line, contact 0845 074 0060 and quote ‘BARC event’.