As revealed in the premiere of our 2021 Virtual Championship Awards, the winners of both of our major perpetual BRSCC club trophies have been revealed – Sam Roach of Racingline and Paul McErlean.

Sam Roach was awarded the prestigious John Nicol Memorial Trophy, an accolade awarded annually to the person or organisation that the club feels has done the most to promote the furtherance of motorsport. Sam’s journey in motorsport alongside the BRSCC has mainly consisted of his efforts working with Racingline in providing the championship management and support of series such as the VW Cup and more commonly know, the British Formula Ford Championship which then later morphed into MSA Formula and then the British F4 Championship. During this time, Sam has overseen the fledgling careers of many successful young drivers including current F1 star Lando Norris and was instrumental in British F4’s best year to date in 2021 with a high of 20 cars. Sam was presented the award by Debs Nicol, who was on hand to oversea and perform the presentation in person.

Sam remarked on his award by saying: “It’s a really great honour for all of the Racingline team. When you look back on some of the names that have been through out paddock, some of which in F1 now and others excelling in other disciplines of motorsport around the world, it makes me really proud to have played a little part in it. It’s the friendships and the memories with the drivers, the teams, our Racingline team, with the suppliers – that’s what will stay with me.”

As for the Bert Lamkin Memorial Salver, the award that is presented annually to the club member that has done the most to promote the name and interests of the Club, that accolade was bestowed upon the BRSCC’s very own Chief Operations Officer, Paul McErlean. Paul’s association with the BRSCC began when he brought the BMW Compact Cup onto the BRSCC formulae roster back in 2016. Since then, Paul went on to assist with championship reviews and consultancy before taking on the role of the Club’s Chief Operations Officer in late 2019. Under his guidance and leadership of the HQ team, Paul has led the BRSCC through two of its toughest years to date due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and he continues to deliver ideas, actions and above all else, a passion for the club to succeed.

Paul spoke of his accolade, saying : “I really don’t know what to say! (Everything we do) is only possible with the team we have. I think that the last 18 months have been quite a journey, but what a fantastic place to be. Thank you very much indeed to the Club for this award.”


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