World endurance champion Ryan Dalziel had even more reasons to celebrate 2012 after the Scottish Motor Racing Club honoured his achievements at their annual dinner and awards.
Proud Scot Ryan - who lives in Windermere, Florida – was given a standing ovation by more than 400 SMRC racers and guests as he was led into the room by a piper along with Indy500 winner Dario Franchitti at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on Saturday night.
But he was delighted to be presented with the William Lyons Trophy – awarded for the best performance by a Scottish driver in a sports car.
RYAN SAYS: “I am extremely honoured and happy to be given such a traditional Scottish award. It was a shock because I wasn’t expecting it, but I am delighted to receive it and, hopefully, I can come back and receive it again next year.
“It is great to know that people are keeping an eye on what me and people like Dario are doing even though we are not living in Scotland. It is the Scottish Motor Racing Club and we are all members of the same club. We just want to represent Scotland globally as best we can and I think, for me, the big winners weren’t the individuals who won the prizes. I think Scottish motorsport in general was the big winner in 2012.”