Fresh from his podium placing on the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo, Kris Meeke collected the 2013 ANICC Motorsport Award at the Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs Annual Dinner and Prizegiving on Saturday night.
Meek received the award at the City Hotel in Armagh and said he was ‘humbled’ by then honour.
“Receiving this award is humbling as I know there are many others who have achieved more than I did this year,” said Meeke.
“However, it is important to know that I have so much support from my home.
“The Monte Carlo was a most testing event having to contend with ice and snow and my result was the perfect start to the year.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Watson is to contest the 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup with Douglas Motorsport. The Dungannon driver graduated as a race winner from the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2012 and he showed his impressive pace right from the beginning of the 2013 season, with a front row start at round one in Brands Hatch.
He made his podium debut at round seven at Thruxton, with two further podium finishes coming at Knockhill and at the season finale at Brands Hatch. Watson ended the 2013 season seventh overall in the championship. Now, with a year’s experience under his belt, combined with a new car and a strong pre-season testing plan, Watson is setting his sights firmly on lifting this year’s title. “I gained a huge amount of experience in my rookie season in the Supercup and am looking forward to being able to put that to good use when the 2014 season gets underway at Brands Hatch,” said Watson. “The team and I have big ambitions for this year, but I am feeling confident about what we can achieve this season and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel for the first race.” Team Principal Armagh man Wayne Douglas is also delighted to welcome Watson back to the team for their fourth year working together.
“We are delighted to have him back for the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup this year. Right from round one last year he was very impressive and I have no doubt we can win this year,” he said.
“I firmly believe I have now got one of the strongest driver pairings and we are really looking forward to the opening round at Brands Hatch.”
o The Ulster Automobile received the Special Merit Award at the recent British Hill Climb Championship Awards Dinner.
The Award was presented for the excellence of their organisation of the 2013 Ballyrobert Vauxhall Craigantlet Centenary Hillclimb, which last August celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Climb at the famous old Hill on the edge of East Belfast.
The Award was presented by Simon Clark, Chairman of the British Automobile Racing Club which manages the Championship, contested at 17 Hills across the UK.