2007 News

WRDA Welsh Young Driver of the Year

As well as the Welsh Saloon & Sports Car Championship awards the club inaugurated a new award to honour the efforts of a new bred of young drivers who are setting the tracks alight escpecially in single seater racing. The new award, called the WRDAWelsh Young Driver of the Year Award was given to Hywell Lloyd for his efforts in 2007  (wpe7F.jpg (58839 bytes)WRDA Chairman Mike Woods  presents Hywel with his award.) Hywel won both the BARC Renault Championship and the Winter Series in 2007. WRDA Chairman Mike Woods, who presented the award said "It was a difficult decision as there are a lot of excellent young drivers coming through, but winning two championships in a year sealed it for Hywel. The trophy is dedicated to the men who carried the Welsh Dragon into Formula 1. Tom Pryce carried his on the back of his helmet and Jack Lewis carried it on his car in 1962. Whilst Toms’ career is well known, Jack Lewis is less well known but equally interesting. He was the British Formula 2 Champion and entered several Grand Prix in 1961 with a Cooper, qualifing well and scoring points after taking an excellent 4th place in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He took 3rd place in the Pau Grand Prix in 1962, and there were plans to build his own car, but it was sadly shelved due to lack of funds. In 1975 Tom won the Formula 1 Race of Champions at Brands Hatch on the 13th March, which is almost 33 years ago to the day, and then took pole & lead the British Grand Prix at Silverstone the same year too. Apart from that he also took 2 podium positions in his career. We hope it wont be too long before we have more Welsh drivers showing their talents in a Grand Prix car, and this award is to show how much we appreciate their efforts.Hywel himself was delighted to receive the award saying "This means a lot to me, and I hope I can do to it justice" Hywel was joined on the day by his mother Rhian, his sister Eirian and  her husband Iwan. Hywel's dad Harry missed the event as he was getting the car ready for the next test, prior to the first race of the season at Oulton Park

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