Lord Drayson, left, with Ross Brawn receiving his award.
ROSS'S RECOGNITION BY MIA.
IN a richly deserved award, Ross Brawn has been presented with the Motorsport Industry Association’s (MIA) Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Motorsport Industry.
The Award was presented by The Right Honourable Lord Drayson, Minister of State for Innovation and Aston Martin Le Mans driver, at the MIA’s annual Summer Reception at the House of Lords.
Ross Brawn joins a highly impressive list of previous winners, including Professor Sid Watkins, Lord March, Sir Frank Williams CBE, Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, as well as Tom Wheatcroft, David Richards CBE and Bernie Ecclestone amongst others.
During his thirty-three year career in motorsport, Ross, after starting as a milling machine operator at March, has gone forward to win a World Sportscar Championship with the TWR Jaguar XJR-14 and an amazing eight F1 Championships with Benetton, Ferrari and soon perhaps with his own team, Brawn GP.
MIA’s CEO, Chris Aylett, said: “His exceptional race engineering talent is coupled with integrity, sincerity and humility, a rare combination in this aggressive competitive sport. His personal contribution has benefited many in this global industry, employees, suppliers and drivers. His influence makes motorsport and F1 a better place to be.’’
He also praised Ross for putting something back into the industry, saying: “Ross is a great inspiration to young engineers who we need to help us improve our future. As patron of Formula Student for example he is putting something back into tomorrow’s generation. F1 leaders can be great ambassadors for global motorsport - Ross is one of the new breed who will ensure its popularity will last well into the future.”