2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Awards Night Celebrations- 26th September 2001 http://www.formulaholden.com Following the final round of the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship at Winton, the Formula Holden fraternity ...
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship Awards Night Celebrations- 26th September 2001 http://www.formulaholden.com
Following the final round of the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers Championship at Winton, the Formula Holden fraternity gathered for the Awards Night Celebrations to honour the outstanding achievements of 2001. Master of Ceremonies Chris Jewell took to the stage to host the evening, which included highlights from the Network TEN Television coverage of the racing season, together with fine food and wine. Special guests in attendance included Keith McCormack from Yokohama Tyres Australia, and Kaku Keisuke, editor of the Japanese AUTOSPORT Magazine. <pre> The winners of the awards were as follows;
2001 Yokohama Rookie Of The Year Rick Kelly President's Award Chris Hocking 2001 Formula Holden Silver Star Award Ian Peters 2001 Holden Australian Drivers Champion Rick Kelly </pre>
2001 Yokohama Rookie Of The Year - Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions / Birrana Racing)
Presented by Keith McCormack of Yokohama Tyres Australia, the Yokohama Rookie Of The Year award was won by Rick Kelly, who dominated the Rookie stakes during season 2001 by taking an impressive 15 out of 16 Rookie points wins. The 18-Year-old Mildura Teenager was a class act during his rookie year in Australia's Fastest Racing Cars. Runner up in the Rookie Award was Alan Gurr, with Emerson Newton-John taking third place.
President's Award - Chris Hocking (Team Principal, Hocking Motorsport)
Presented by Formula Holden President Malcolm Ramsay, The President's Award recognizes outstanding service to the category and was awarded to Chris Hocking from Hocking Motorsport. Chris has been involved with Formula Holden since its embryonic stages in 1987, and has competed himself in over 60 races behind the wheel in addition to becoming team principal of Hocking Motorsport. His team now fosters young driving talent and has campaigned up to three cars during this years' championship. Chris also returned to the drivers seat for two cameo appearances this year taking Silver Star honours in both rounds. Chris constructed 7 Hocking cars in the early days of Formula Holden and is Vice President of the Association.
2001 Formula Holden Silver Star Award - Ian Peters (Peters Racing)
Formula Holden's Mr. Consistency, Ian Peters ran a determined campaign to secure the Silver Star this year, in a battle which raged fiercely throughout the whole season, and went right down to the wire. Based in Adelaide, and backed by Ian's lovely wife Rebecca, the Peters Racing outfit posted 14 top three finishes out of the 16 races contested, scoring a result at every race. Running on an extremely lean budget, Ian is living proof that you can win in Formula Holden without spending big bucks. Runner up in the Silver Star was Terry Clearihan, with Dr. Roger Oakeshott taking third place.
2001 Holden Australian Drivers Champion - Rick Kelly (Holden Young Lions / Birrana Racing)
The revelation of season 2001, Rick Kelly is the first rookie to take the outright championship win since the categories inception in 1989. Kelly won a record 12 races during the 16 race championship and takes his place alongside the other great champions of Formula Holden including Mark Skaife, Paul Stokell, Jason Bright, Scott Dixon and Simon Wills. Runner up in the Holden Australian Drivers Championship was Christian Murchison, with Alan Gurr in third place.