WRC HISTORY A FULL 2017
PRODRIVE AND MSA CHAIRMAN DAVID RICHARDS CBE TO DELIVER WATKINS LECTURE.
David Richards CBE, founder of world leading motorsport and technology business Prodrive, to speak at the prestigious lecture for the second time
Named after the late FIA F1 Safety and Medical Delegate Professor Sid Watkins, the lecture will be held at 11:15am on Friday 12th January
The Watkins lecture is run by Motorsport Safety Fund
Autosport International will take place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham, from 11-14 January 2018*
Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers
Tickets to the show are available from: autosportinternational.com
7 December 2017 – Former World Rally Championship-winning co-driver and Prodrive Chairman, David Richards CBE, will deliver the Motorsport Safety Fund Watkins Lecture on Friday 12th January at Autosport International.
Richards, who founded the world leading motorsport and technology business, Prodrive, in 1984, was appointed CBE for his services to motorsport in 2005. The lecture will follow quite a year for the chairman: in June he was inducted into the Motor Sport Hall of Fame and received the Spirit of Le Mans award from the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, and he has recently taken over as chairman of the MSA.
During its period of more than three decades in the industry, Prodrive has won six World Rally titles, four British Touring Car Championships, four Le Mans titles, the Le Mans Series, FIA WEC GTE Am Teams’ and Drivers’ title and numerous national rally championship titles.
The company also managed the BAR F1 team for three seasons, peaking at second place in the F1 Constructors’ World Championship in 2004.
Today, Prodrive employs more than 500 staff focusing on motorsport, advanced technology, composites and bespoke clothing and accessories for leading brands.
Richards joins Professor Watkins himself and renowned designer Adrian Newey as one of only three people to be invited to speak at the lecture twice in its 21 year history. When he previously spoke at the event in 2002, it was after Richard Burns had just won the World Rally Championship driver’s title while competing for the Subaru World Rally Team, which Richards was running at the time.
The prestigious lecture has played host to some of the sport’s biggest names from Jean Todt, Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley to Ron Dennis, Christian Horner, Niki Lauda and Sir Jackie Stewart.
Show Director for Autosport International, Kate Woodley, said: “It’s great to welcome David Richards back to speak at the renowned Watkins Lecture. With such a wealth of experience across numerous motorsport series, it is sure to be a fascinating and insightful discussion.”
Motorsport Safety Fund Chairman, Ian Roberts, said: “The Trustees of the Fund are delighted that David has accepted our invitation to be the guest speaker for a second time. It is particularly fitting this year with David just starting his term as Chairman of the MSA”.
Admission to the lecture is free but attendees must register in advance via the Motorsport Safety Fund.
Autosport International is part of Motorsport Network’s UK title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers.
Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including Autosport International and the annual Autosport Awards.
Make sure you head over to www.autosportinternational.com to get your tickets.
Notes to Editors
Motorsport Safety Fund is a registered charity (296802) and more information can be found at: https://www.motorsportsafetyfund.com/
Autosport International and The Performance Car Show 2018
Autosport International and The Performance Car Show are part of Motorsport Network. The group publishes major automotive and motorsport titles across the globe including Autosport.com, F1 Racing Magazine, Motorsport.com and Motor1.com. Highlights of Motorsport Network’s extensive global activities can be seen here: https://youtu.be/pz27WPDcBfg
Autosport International 2018 is to be held at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, UK on 11-14* January 2018. For more information, visit www.autosportinternational.com.
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*11-12 January 2018 are dedicated trade-only days.
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PRODRIVE – MOTORSPORT & ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY
Prodrive is a world leading motorsport and technology business.
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7 December 2017
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