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#1 mp4

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 23:07

I'm very curious here and would like any of you TFNers to help me out.
I know DC, JB and Ralph Firman won this award in the past.
Can anyone help me out as to who else has won this award?
It's been around for a few years and it would be interesting to see who these guys thought were so deserving of such an accolade and where they may be today.

Cheers :wave:

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#2 mp4

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 23:09

That would, of course, be TNFers... :blush:

#3 WGD706

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 23:23

Dario Franchitti, Gareth Rees and Oliver Gavin,Anthony Davidson.
Jamie Green, runner-up in British Formula Renault, won the coveted Young Driver of the Year award this past December, along with a cheque for 75,000 pounds ($116,800) and the promise of a Formula One test drive with McLaren.

#4 Tim Murray

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 01:24

(from Autosport 5-Dec-02)

1989: David Coulthard
1990: Gareth Rees
1991: Oliver Gavin
1992: Dario Franchitti
1993: Ralph Firman
1994: Jamie Davies
1995: Jonny Kane
1996: Darren Turner
1997: Andrew Kircaldy
1998: Jenson Button
1999: Gary Paffet
2000: Anthony Davidson
2001: Steven Kane
2002: Jamie Green

#5 petefenelon

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Posted 06 February 2003 - 01:56

1989: David Coulthard
1993: Ralph Firman
1998: Jenson Button
2000: Anthony Davidson

Not too bad a hit-rate on getting people into F1.

1992: Dario Franchitti
...and CART.

1991: Oliver Gavin
...and sports car racing.

1990: Gareth Rees

1994: Jamie Davies
1995: Jonny Kane
1996: Darren Turner

Bit of a lost generation here....

1997: Andrew Kircaldy
Kirkaldy's career seems to have gone into reverse. He ended up in the Renault Clio series in Britain last year, which is essentially full of journeymen, touring car wannabe drivers, and a cluster of long-established "one-make Mafia" drivers who move around whatever tintop series is supporting the BTCC. He mouthed off quite a lot about the series and really didn't achieve anything like as much as he should've. I saw him in f3 - good but not brilliant - and in historics (he was in a Porsche 906/910 or simialr at Coyt's a few years ago).


1999: Gary Paffet
I'm sure we'll be seeing him in F1 eventually.

2001: Steven Kane
2002: Jamie Green

Future winners: Danny Watts and Lewis Hamilton, fer sure. That kid Eagling who engineered his own K Sports car and was damned quick in it, too.
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