There’s no bigger ambition for any F1 fan than to win a current Formula One car and for 32-year old lorry driver, Adrian Dawn, that dream came true today as he walked away from Jaguar Racing’s HQ in Milton Keynes with Eddie Irvine’s 2002 Jaguar F1 car.
A total of 16 finalists battled their way through a series of written and driving simulation tests in the quest for the ultimate Formula One prize. In association with Sky’s F1 digital+ and Jaguar Racing, the competition began at the season’s opening race in Australia and from 16 of the 17 rounds of the F1 season, one lucky finalist was chosen from an on-air competition to compete in the final which took place at Jaguar Racing today. Triple world champion and non-executive director of Jaguar Racing, Sir Jackie Stewart, handed over the unique prize – the first of its kind ever in Formula One.
Adrian said, "It’s absolutely brilliant, I cannot believe it. I was shaking, and it took ages to register that it was mine. I am both an Eddie Irvine and Jaguar fan and to have won his car from this season is beyond my wildest dreams. I am used to delivering car parts by trade and to now take delivery of this, is something special. My work colleagues have been testing me all week and my friends and neighbours are going to love it"
Sir Jackie commented, "I’m delighted for Adrian and for all the other finalists who made it into the competition. Jaguar Racing and Sky F1 digital+ devised a series of competitions, which have run throughout the season, the winners of which have proceeded through to today’s Grand Finale. The finalists began the day undertaking a written test aimed at testing their knowledge of both Jaguar and Formula One. Following this, the contestants sat in a Jaguar F1 simulator aimed at putting their driving skills to the ultimate test around Silverstone and Monza. Adrian is a worthy winner and I look forward to seeing him lined-up on the grid in Melbourne next year!"
Niki Lauda, Jaguar Racing CEO and Team Principal, commented: "This very car has contested many races this year including Silverstone, Monaco, Austria, Canada and Germany. How much is it worth? It costs millions of pounds to design, develop and engineer an F1 car, so work it out. It is truly a priceless prize and one that we have great pleasure in awarding to Adrian. It is also worth mentioning that all monies raised from Sky F1 digital+ phone lines will be donated to the Queens Golden Jubilee Charities and Jaguar Car’s official charity, the NSPCC."
Chris Haynes of BskyB commented: "Sky’s interactive F1 digital+ is all about taking Formula One closer to the viewer and let’s face it, you don’t get much closer than winning Eddie Irvine’s car from this season. Throughout the year, we have had thousands of entrants and the interest has been incredible. We are delighted that Adrian has won what is a truly once-in-a-lifetime prize and I look forward to finding out where he parks it."Published 4 October 2002