Bridgestone awards young writer

Bridgestone announces e-reporter winner German finalist Martin Westerhoff takes 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter title Winner reported from Paris Motor Show Following the crowning of Lewis Hamilton as GP2 Champion in Monza last month, Bridgestone ...

Bridgestone announces e-reporter winner

German finalist Martin Westerhoff takes 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter title Winner reported from Paris Motor Show Following the crowning of Lewis Hamilton as GP2 Champion in Monza last month, Bridgestone is delighted to announce Martin Westerhoff, from Bonn, Germany, as the overall winner of the 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter competition -- an initiative developing careers for young sports journalists through the prestigious Formula One feeder series, GP2. At the beginning of this season's FIA Formula One World Championship, Bridgestone invited eight finalists to each attend a European Grand Prix weekend, offering them a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to report live from the GP2 paddock -- gaining invaluable experience writing daily race reports for the Bridgestone Europe website www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.

Martin Westerhoff was the fifth Bridgestone e-reporter finalist to attend a Grand Prix race weekend, taking on the role of reporter in Hockenheim (28 -- 30 July), and impressing Bridgestone with his journalistic skills. The 25-year-old student from Germany had the chance to interview his compatriot, GP2 driver Michael Ammermuller, and French driver Alexandre Premat. He also experienced the glitz and glamour of the Formula One paddock, meeting Toyota F1 race driver Jarno Trulli and Renault F1's test driver Heikki Kovalainen who graduated from GP2 in 2005, and will step up to an F1 race seat in 2007.

Selected as the 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter winner, Martin Westerhoff was flown straight to France to cover the Paris Motor Show for Bridgestone last week. Following on from this, as part of the phenomenal prize package, Martin will experience Bridgestone's work on safety, participating in a Think Before You Drive safety check event. In addition, the winner will also head to Belgium to report on Bridgestone's launch event for the 2007 Dreams at Heart initiative, feature as presenter of a Bridgestone Journal -- a television bulletin covering Bridgestone's main community programmes, and gain work experience with the UK's leading paper in the industry, Motorsport News.

Martin commented, "I am really pleased to have won the 2006 Bridgestone e-reporter title and having enjoyed the Paris Motorshow, as well as being awarded with a new laptop for winning the contest, I look forward to further events which I will also visit on behalf of Bridgestone. Attending Hockenheim was an amazing experience for me, and now to find that I have won the competition is incredible! I know that I was competing against some very talented reporters and I am delighted that Bridgestone has given me such a great opportunity to start my career as a journalist.

"Bridgestone e-reporter is such a great way to introduce students like myself to the world of motorsport and sports journalism, it has helped me to build contacts among the media and allowed me to meet numerous drivers and teams I would otherwise never of dreamt of being introduced to".

Entries for the first stage of the competition were reviewed by a panel of judges -- chaired by broadcaster and publicist Tony Jardine -- from which the finalists were chosen on the basis of their writing ability and creativity.

Following the decision on the overall winner, Jardine commented, "Congratulations to Martin, each year the competition grows in stature and the entries show that there are many aspiring young reporters who just need the chance to prove themselves -- Bridgestone e- reporter provides them with this opportunity. I would like to wish all of this season's finalists the best of luck in following their chosen career path, and, from having Bridgestone e-reporter on their CV, we hope their journalistic skills will be recognised".

Bridgestone e-reporter has already helped five young writers onto the first step of the journalist ladder. Jamie O'Leary from the UK, now working for Eurosport.com, won Bridgestone e-reporter in its inaugural year. Following in his footsteps in 2005, finalist Dorian Patynowski worked for TopSpeed Magazine in Poland, and more recently, Russell Atkins from Warwick, UK, secured a position with leading motorsport website, Crash.net. Last year's Bridgestone e-reporter winner, Mike Channell from Wakefield, England, went on to work on the editorial team for PC Format Magazine.

Once again in 2006, the team of eight e-reporter finalists impressed their media counterparts in the paddock, with Rupert Manwaring from Kettering, UK, having secured a job with the British reporting team for F1racing.net. Martin Westerhoff, the overall winner, has also been behind the desk at Auto Bild Motorsport in Germany gaining invaluable work experience as a writer.

2007 Bridgestone e-reporter competition details will be available early next year, to find out more visit: www.bridgestone.eu/e-reporter.

-credit: bridgestone

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Series Automotive , GP2
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Lewis Hamilton , Heikki Kovalainen , Tony Jardine , Alexandre Prémat , Martin Westerhoff , Michael Ammermüller