Improved Production ‘Nationals’ winner, Ray Hislop, was honoured with the award for Circuit Racer of the Year last Saturday night at the CAMS Awards Dinner.
Ray had a phenomenal year, not only taking out the Nationals at Baskerville but also blitzing the opposition at Bathurst and Phillip Island taking out IP lap records at both circuits.
Also up for consideration for the Circuit major award was Adam Beechey who took out his third consecutive Commodore Cup National Title.
Adam was awarded the Ron and Ivy Mcdonald Trophy for his achievements.
Rally Person of the year was awarded to the State Rally Series winner, Sam Kirkland who, running with a minimal budget in an older car, narrowly won the 2012 title in a year long competition finaly decided on the last stage of the last heat.
Darren Payne was announced as Off Road Person of the year recognising his third consecutive State Series title and his stunning win in the Portland Sands event, becoming the first Tasmania to take out an interstate Off Road event.
The Police Commissioners Trophy recognising major contribution to the sport was awarded to Terry Atkinson recognising his service to the sport in a range of areas including as V8 Clerk of Course, State Rally Series appointed Steward and life time service to the MG Car Club of Tasmania.
Other major trophy winners on the night were:
- Datsun 260Z driver, Michael Williams taking out the Peter Bondy Trophy recognising success and determination to succeed;
- Senior Scrutineer Scott Mcgrath was awarded the Paddy and Enid Baker Official’s Trophy;
- The Ling Rookie Award was taken out by Scott Nesbit by a countback from fellow rookie driver Stephen Noble and
- The Jeff Ransley trophy for highest Super Series point score was taken out by Formula Vee Category winner, James Curran.
State Chairman, Barry Oliver, interviewed our special guest, Ford Endurance Driver Stephen Richards, It was interesting to learn how the son of motorsport legent Jim Richards, found his way into the sport, rising to the front of the field, winning a number of V8 rounds and Two Bathursts.
He spoke of the personal satisfaction of racing against his father and also with him as a team mate sharing podiums on a number of occasions.
Recently appointed CAMS CEO, Eugene Arocca also attended the Dinner and spoke about his vision for CAMS.