Ferguson collects ANICC Motorsport Award for 2012

January 28, 2013 by Ian Lynas  

Despite being a relatively small country, Northern Ireland is bursting with motorsport talent, and that was evident at Saturday’s annual Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs’ (ANICC) awards evening!

With an impressive array of more than 200 trophies, the finest competitors in the country were present at the Armagh City Hotel to receive their accolades and awards for the 2012 season.

All motorsport disciplines were represented from autotesting to racing, hill climbing and rallying, the star-studded evening was a night to remember. One positive was the number of young competitors on hand to receive trophies including Ben Crealey, the winner of our newest Championship, the Formula 1000 Juniors where 14 to 17 year olds compete against each other in specially prepared 1000cc cars.

On hand to present many of the awards was special guest Joe Corcoran, President of Motorsport Ireland.

Together with presentations honouring all the ANICC Championship winners there were also a few surprises in store as well, and not only for competitors. The ANICC presented a well deserved Lifetime Achievement Award to Bill Patterson highlighting special recognition for his services to motorsport in Northern Ireland which included him attending every car race at Kirkistown being a former competitor, organizer and steward.

Bill said: “Receiving the ANICC Lifetime Achievement Award has come as a shock as everything that I have done in Motorsport has been a real pleasure and an honour”. Bill also said he would cherish this award for the rest of his life.

In winning the 2012 Northern Ireland Motorsport Award, Steven Ferguson created history as the first person to receive this award twice in consecutive years. The Award is voted for by members of the media, local motor clubs and ANICC Council members and is regarded as the number one prize in Northern Ireland motorsport. To receive it in consecutive years shows how much the motorsport community in Northern Ireland respect the achievements of Steven Ferguson who is a triple Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland Autotest Champion and a double British Champion – again all in successive years (see below).

Steven said: “Receiving this award once was a shock for me but to receive it for a second time is fantastic and I am very grateful to everyone who voted for me. It would not have been possible to compete at the level I did without the support of my family and I would thank them together with all the Clubs and marshals who work so hard to run events”.

Tandragee’s Ian Howard received the ANICC Clubman of the Year award. He is co-ordinator of the ANICC Sprint Championship, a motorsport engineer of repute and a prolific competitor in his own right campaigning a MINI.

Speaking on behalf of the ANICC, Chairman Henry Campbell, said: “This has been a tremendous evening for Northern Ireland Motorsport. This small country has the ability to produce some exceptional driving talent and in 2012, many achieved their personal goals and have been recognised on the International stage.”

“Whilst I also congratulate Steven Ferguson on being selected for the 2012 ANICC Motorsport Award, I feel it is important to offer support and congratulations to all of our award winners. I wish everyone a safe and successful year’s motorsport during 2013.”

With the triumphs of 2012 behind them, competitors are gearing up towards another successful season. Many championships are already underway, and there are sure to be some tight battles in all disciplines. More details about all forms of four-wheeled motorsport in Northern Ireland can be found online at www.anicc.org.uk.

Main award winners and nominees for the 2012 Northern Ireland Motorsport Award are named below.

ANICC 2012 MOTORSPORT AWARD
Recipient Steven Ferguson

(All nominees for this award are detailed below for information)

ANICC 2012 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Recipient Bill Patterson

ANICC 2012 CLUBMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Recipient Ian Howard

MALONE GUEST HOUSE AUTOTEST CHAMPIONSHIP
2012 NI Autotest CHAMPION Steven Ferguson

CARRYDUFF FORKLIFT / MSA N I STAGE RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
2012 Northern Ireland Stage Rally Champions Derek McGarrity and James McKee

S.W ADAIR TYRES SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP
2012 Sprint Champion Seamus Morris

MILLERS OILS HILLCLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP
2012 Hill Climb Champion Graham Thompson

NORTHERN IRELAND FORMULA FORD CHAMPIONSHIP
2012 NI FF1600 Champion Ivor McCullough

McGRADY INSURANCE JUNIOR 1000 RALLY CHALLENGE IRELAND
2012 Junior 1000 Rally Challenge Champions Ben Crealey and Liam Regan

McGRADY INSURANCE N. I. NAVIGATION RALLY CHALLENGE
2012 Navigational Rally Challenge Andrew Hughes and Kerry Moreland-Moore

NOMINEES FOR THE MOTORSPORT AWARD (ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

GARY ANDERSON
During 2012 Gary has become the voice of BBC F1 where technical information is sought and his previous work with F1 teams including Technical Director at Jordan Grand Prix has ensured that he is ahead of the game when it comes to assessing the technological improvements which F1 teams try to gain advantage on the track.

MARSHALL CLARKE
2012 British Rally Champion co-driver alongside Keith Cronin from Cork in their Citroen DS3. They are also UK Citroen Racing Trophy Champions. Marshall also travelled to China to partner former Production World Champion Niall McShea in the Skoda Redbull Rally Team and won the Manufacturers and Teams Chinese Rally Championship. Marshall also partnered Khalid Al Qassimi on Rally Jordan in October.

MARK DONNELLY
Mark finished 9th on the British Rally Championship during 2012 having won the Sunseeker Rally (the opening round) outright in February. A Pirelli Star Driver on that event which allowed Mark to enter the end of year shootout which he won convincingly – a prize worth in the region of £150,000.

STEVEN FERGUSON
For a second year in a row – A Triple Autotest Champion again in 2012 holding the British Championship, Northern Ireland Championship and the Motorsport Ireland Hewison Southern Championship – Steven has now clinched the Northern Ireland and Southern Titles for three consecutive years which is a first. Well done.

DARREN GASS
Winner of the Tarmac Rally Championship in 2012.

GARRY JENNINGS
Garry won the Southern Forestry Championship and finished runner-up to Darren Gass in the 2012 Tarmac Rally Championship.

MARTIN McCORMACK
2011 British Junior and F2 Champion and 1st O/A on the recent 2012 Roger Albert Clark Rally.

DEREK McGEEHAN
Runner-up in the Carryduff Forklift MSA NI Stage Rally Championship in his MINI. Derek is a motorsport engineer and is also highly regarded for his work in this field promoting the sport from Northern Ireland.


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