ADRIAN DAWN, an auto parts delivery driver from Beeston, England, worked his way through one of the most creative competitions we have heard of, taking written tests and competing in F1 simulators throughout the season, and walked away with the grand prize: a Jaguar R3 Formula One car.
The car was driven by F1 pilot Eddie Irvine in a number of Grand Prix events this year, including Canada, and is the product of millions of dollars of development. It is, quite literally, Dawn’s to take home and keep.
“It’s absolutely brilliant,” says Dawn, 32. “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.”
“I’m delighted for Adrian and for all the other finalists who made it into the competition,” said Sir Jackie Stewart, who presented Dawn with the prize. Jaguar Racing and Sky F1 digital+ television devised the competitions and donated proceeds to a variety of charities. “Adrian is a worthy winner,” added Stewart, “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.”
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.”
There is no word on whether he plans to put it to use at his day job.