Official roles for Coulthard & Fry
The organisers of National Motorsport Week are pleased to announce that David Coulthard MBE and Nick Fry are joining the 2012 campaign as ‘official spokesmen’. With 13 Grand Prix victories, Coulthard is one of the UK’s most successful F1 drivers while Fry has experienced Formula 1 glory as CEO of the Honda, Brawn and, most recently, Mercedes F1 teams.
Backed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), this year’s National Motorsport Week runs from 30 June to 8 July – a high profile period for the sport featuring both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix.
“We are delighted that David and Nick are lending their support to National Motorsport Week this summer,” said Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, governing body of UK motor sport. “They both understand the importance of motor sport to this country and their endorsement gives the initiative further impetus as we look to build on the UK’s long running success and encourage more people to get involved at all levels.”
Having graduated to F1 through national karting and single-seater championships, Coulthard has contested more Grands Prix than any other British driver. In a 15 year F1 career with Williams, McLaren and Red Bull he started no fewer than 246 Grands Prix and recorded 62 podium finishes. The 41-year-old Scot is still competing in the DTM touring car series and is a key member of BBC Television’s F1 commentary team.
"Britain really is the home of international motor sport and we all have so much to celebrate,” said Coulthard, who is also one of the high-profile Ambassadors backing the MSA’s Go Motorsport scheme. He added: “The history books show that we have produced more F1 world champions than any other nation and British teams and drivers remain at the forefront of grand prix racing today. But there's far more to National Motorsport Week than simply waving the flag; it's a great opportunity for everyone involved to showcase their own individual successes and activities. More importantly, perhaps, it puts the spotlight on what's available at grass roots level. Last year I had a great day out experiencing an autotest, sporting trial, track day and hillclimb – all events that you can do in your everyday road car without the need for deep pockets."
Fry is the Chief Executive Officer of Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One, one of four UK based teams to have won a grand prix in 2012. He is member of the MIA’s Executive Committee and was recently appointed a UK Trade and Investment Business Ambassador by the Prime Minister.
“National Motorsport Week is an excellent initiative designed to showcase our wonderful sport to Great Britain,” said Fry. “Starting with the Goodwood Festival of Speed and concluding with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, this celebration of British motor sport will highlight the excitement and passion of our sport, and hopefully bring a whole new audience to our existing loyal fan base. With involvement and activities at all levels from schools to club racing, and from junior formulae right up to Formula 1, National Motorsport Week is a further example of how significantly the motor sport industry contributes to our economy and our country.”
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