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Derrick Warwick replaces Damon Hill as BRDC president

F1 distinguee, Derrick Warwick, who as a driver made 147 F1 starts and won the Le Mans 24 Hours as well as the World Sportscar Championship, has taken the mantle from Damon Hill to become the new president of the British Racing Drivers' Club.

The BDRC is in charge of Silverstone, and after his appointment was confirmed the new president praised the work of Damon Hill for in managing to keep Silverstone the home of the British Grand Prix.

'First and foremost I would like to thank Damon for the loyalty and commitment he has shown to the BRDC,' said Warwick. 'He steered us through some difficult, but ultimately successful, times and my aim is to continue where Damon left off.

'The BRDC and Silverstone now have a 21st century race circuit with 21st century facilities and we have the opportunity to continue developing Silverstone into the best motorsport venue in the world.

'I am also passionate about supporting our young British drivers. Us older members are the heart and soul of the BRDC, but the younger drivers are our future.'

Hill added: Hill said: 'The task of securing the British Grand Prix for Great Britain, through the continued development of Silverstone as the rightful and only viable venue, has been the preoccupation of my Presidency by necessity. However, I hope I have also been successful in reminding the Club of its original purpose, which has been to promote the benefits and positive attributes of our sport to the widest audience, and also to strengthen relations within the sport for the benefit of all concerned.

'Derek Warwick has reached the very top of his profession. He knows what it takes to win, and he knows what if feels like to lose. I believe that this Club should always have at its helm a racing driver who has lived that life. Derek will serve this Club with the same determination and integrity with which he displayed as a professional racing driver.'

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