Bridgestone South Africa

Motor Sportsman of the Year 2007 announced

Feb 13, 2008

Serge Damseaux, 10 times South African rally champion, is the 2007 Bridgestone/Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year. Damseaux retired from national championship rallying at the end of the 2007 season after a 24-year rally career which saw him accumulate a record 74 national championship victories. Three of these came in last year's eight-round championship.

Five other motor sportsmen were nominated for the prestigious award, which was first won in 1964 and has been sponsored by Bridgestone for the past 15 years. They were Wesleigh Orr, A1 Team South Africa's rookie driver in the 2007/08 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport; Giniel de Villiers, South Africa's foremost international cross-country rally competitor who led the 2007 Dakar Rally until an engine failure at the halfway mark; Arushen Moodley, the first South African of colour to win the national Superbike title; Hennie Groenewald, last year's Wesbank V8 Supercars champion; and Hudson Kennaugh, the 2006 Superbike champion, who successfully competed in the British Superbike and Superstock championships in 2007.

Winner of the Colin Watling Award for special achievement in motor sport by someone other than a competitor was Glyn Hall, leader of the Nissan Motorsport team who have distinguished themselves by winning 13 national motor sport championships in the past 12 years including the last seven off road championships.

Also nominated for the Colin Watling Award were DenisJoubert, former chairman of the Western Province Motor Club, who promoted and administered motor racing in the Western Cape and has now retired after devoting virtually his entire working life to the WPMC and its circuit at Killarney; and the Kyalami Marshals" Association, whose members not only voluntarily perform their duties at Kyalami but also at circuit races around the country.

Photos :

Top : Serge Damseaux (right) receives his award from Steve Fukuoka.

Bottom : Glyn Hall (middle) receives his award from Wynter Murdoch, SAGMJ

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