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British Champions crowned at prestigious ceremony

The MSA crowned the 2012 British motor sport champions at its prestigious Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in London on Saturday 19 January.

Broadcaster Steve Rider acted as Master of Ceremonies, while MSA Chairman Alan Gow and David Brabham, the former F1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hours winner, presented the trophies.

Special awards were also presented by JLT Specialty COO Warren Downey, Renault UK Communications Director Jeremy Townsend, Racing Steps Foundation’s Derek Walters, Lord Rooker, and MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton.

MSA Chief Executive, Colin Hilton, said: “The Night of Champions is our opportunity to honour those who excelled in their chosen motor sport disciplines last year, and we also pay tribute to the clubs, marshals and others who do so much for our sport at every level. Every year it is heartening to see the breadth and depth of British motor sport and remind ourselves why this is one area in which we genuinely lead the rest of the world.”

The Champions honoured on the night were:

MSA British Cadet Kart Championship: Dean MacDonald, from Kelty in Fife
MSA British Junior Kart Championship & Mark W Hines Memorial Trophy: Alex Gill, from Doncaster in South Yorkshire
MSA British Short Circuit Kart Championship: Ben Barnicoat, from Chesterfield in Derbyshire
MSA British Long Circuit Kart Championship: Paul Platt, from Warrington in Cheshire
MSA British Autocross Championship: Daniel Rooke, from Holsworthy in Devon
MSA British Autotest Championship: Steven Ferguson, from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland
MSA British Car Trial Championship: John Moffatt, from Malvern in Worcestershire
MSA British Sporting Trials Championship: Thomas Bricknell, from Bodmin in Cornwall
MSA British Drag Racing Championship: Roger Moore, from Chelmsford in Essex
MSA British Sprint Championship: Stewart Robb Snr, from Blair Drummond in Stirling
MSA British Hill Climb Championship: Trevor Willis, from Worcester in Worcestershire
MSA British Rallycross Championship: Julian Godfrey, from Heathfield in East Sussex
MSA British Cross Country Championship: Ian Rochelle & Chris Hammond, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire
MSA British Historic Rally Championship: Julian Reynolds & Patrick Walsh, from Dyfed in Wales
MSA British Junior Rally Championship: Garry Pearson, from Duns in Berwickshire
MSA British Manufacturers Rally Championship: Citroen UK
MSA British Rally Championship: Keith Cronin & Marshall Clarke, from Cork in Ireland & Enniskillen in Northern Ireland
MSA British Endurance Championship: Richard Adams, David Green & Martin Byford, from Derby, London & Colchester
British GT Championship: Daniele Perfetti & Michael Caine, from London and Coberton in Cambridge
British Formula 3 International Series: Jack Harvey, from Bassingham in Lincolnshire
MSA British Touring Car Championship Manufacturer: Honda
MSA British Touring Car Championship: Gordon Shedden, from Dunfermline in Fife

There was also a series of special awards:

JLT MSA Club of the Year: Shenington Kart Racing Club
JLT MSA Marshal of the Year: Stephen O’Neill, from Magherafelt in Northern Ireland
Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist of the Year: Jason Craig, from Co. Antrim in Northern Ireland
Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Photographer of the Year: Nick Dungan, from Tonbridge in Kent
BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy: Susie Wolff, from Oban in Scotland
RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year: Chris Ingram, from Stockport
MSA Environmental Award: Lord Paul Drayson, from London

Two further awards were presented on behalf of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA):

FIA Best Marshal: Andrew Holley, from Shawbury in Shropshire
FIA Formula 2 Championship: Luciano Bacheta, from Romford in Essex

21 January