Eddie Jordan attended the Autosport Awards in London's Grosvenor Hotel to present World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm with the International Rally Driver of the Year Award. Jordan was a guest of Autosport's publisher Haymarket Publishing and was invited to make the presentation after visiting the San Remo round of this year's World Rally Championship.

Eddie Jordan.
Photo by Jordan Grand Prix.
Prior to presenting the Award Jordan exchanged banter with Master of Ceremonies Steve Ryder, and confirmed that the team's plans for 2003 were well advanced. He was joined at the Awards by Jordan's Director of Business Affairs Ian Phillips - a former editor of Autosport - Head of Marketing Mark Gallagher - also a former Autosport employee - and Team Manager Tim Edwards.

Gronholm's car, the Peugeot 206 WRC, was voted Rally Car of the Year while Ferrari made it a clean sweep in Formula One, Michael Schumacher taking the International Racing Driver of the Year award and his Ferrari F2002 being named Racing Car of the Year. Schumacher did not attend in person, Ferrari being represented by their senior technical team headed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne. Brawn was also awarded the John Bolster Award.

Sir Jackie Stewart presented the BRDC's awards - honourary membership for Colin McRae and Richard Burns, a Silver Star for British Touring Car Champion James Thompson and a Gold Star for McLaren's David Coulthard who has earlier been named British Competition Driver of the Year. Stewart made an impassioned plea to the government to support the UK's motor racing industry, including the British Grand Prix, and his sentiments were echoed by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent.

The Gregor Grant Awards went to Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya for setting the fastest ever Formula One lap during qualifying for this year's Italian Grand Prix, and to Tom Wheatcroft, owner of the Donington Park circuit and world-famous Donington Collection of racing cars.

The McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award was presented to Jamie Green, runner up in this year's British Formula Renault championship. The lucky recipient was presented with a cheque for ?75,000 and the opportunity to test a McLaren Mercedes next year.

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