Formula First has, once again, had a great representation at the annual MotorSport New Zealand Awards evening held at Te Papa in Wellington at the weekend.
Our 2018/19 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Champion, Reece Hendl-Cox, was recognised and presented with his National Championship award.
Also collecting a National Championship award was former Formula First competitor Michael Neville, who won this season’s Porsche Championship.
The premier awards were highlighted by Scott Dixon and Liam Lawson, both past competitors.
Dixon was awarded the Jim Clark trophy after claiming his fifth IndyCar title in 2018. The trophy is awarded annually to the New Zealand driver competing at a national or higher level who shows a sportsmanlike attitude to the sport and fellow competitors and natural ability in putting up the most meritorious racing performance during the season. Lawson was also nominated for the Jim Clark trophy.
Lawson was awarded the Steel memorial trophy for the third year in a row after his breakthrough season in Europe and Toyota Racing Series successes. The Steel memorial trophy recognises the efforts of a junior (under 21 years) driver at national race level and their dedication, skill and professionalism as they strive to progress to the upper echelons of motorsport. 2017/18 NZ Formula First champion, Callum Crawley, was also nominated for the award.
Lawson was also awarded the Bruce McLaren trophy for the first Kiwi home in the 2019 Toyota Racing Series along with the Chris Amon trophy for claiming the 2019 TRS championship.
Another award winner associated with Formula First was Tayler Burke. Burke, the official photographer for Formula First collected the President’s Award for the best single shot. Whilst Burke’s award-winning shot was not of a Formula First, we congratulate him on his achievement!