We have a winner of our UK Fan Ambassador to Abu Dhabi competition – his name is Neil Donnell, 34, a games developer from Poole in Dorset.
He will travel to Abu Dhabi next week for a two day experience meeting other fans from the UAE and around the world and finding out what it takes to become and F1 driver with a driving programme from karts to the threshold of F1.
Neil was chosen by our panel because of the personality which came through in his girlfriend Tashi’s nomination (number 31). We loved the humour and the heartfelt warmth of her writing and the description of the level of trade off going on in their household over real life vs Formula 1, “He’s also the father of twins. Our babies Peach and Yoshi sleep in F1 racing baby gros. Every night. He wanted to call our son Kimi like his dog, but I put my foot down.”
There are also five runners up all of whom will receive a signed copy of the new book “James Allen on F1 2010″ – when it comes out at the end of November.
We had over 400 entries to find a fan to represent the UK in a special event in Abu Dhabi next week.
He will get tuition in karting, junior single seaters, F3000s, Aston Martin GT4s, and, to cap it all, laps in Yas Marina Circuit’s F1 two-seater. There will also be a ride in a three seater dragster.
We’ll get Neil to shoot a video diary of his experience which we will edit up and show here on JA on F1.
The five runners up each receiving the JA on F1 2010 yearbook, are:
Laura Mohess – (70) clearly an F1 devotee, who had many nominations from friends and colleagues.
Gylen Boardman – (151) who has had a tough time fighting back from a near fatal car crash
Michael Thompson (197) – Who was touchingly nominated by his eight year old daughter, Chloe
A father who was not named by his daughter Felicity (224) but who has had an amazing love affair with cars over the years
Sufyaan Patel (314) who sounds positively evangelical about Formula 1!
Thanks very much to everyone who made nominations. There were many amazing stories and we were overwhelmed by them. We will work hard to do something like this again in the future.