At the 2012 Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Prize Giving Gala held in Istanbul, Turkey on Dec 7th, Mr Sameer Gaur, MD & CEO, Jaypee Sports International Limited (JPSI) won the “BEST F1 RACE PROMOTER” award for the second year in a row. The FIA award recognizes JPSI’s hard work to make India a proud host of Formula One with the state of the art, Buddh International Circuit (BIC).
On winning the prestigious trophy for the second year, Mr Sameer Gaur, Managing Director and CEO of Jaypee Sports International said “This is indeed a very proud moment and I am honoured to receive this FIA award for the second time on behalf of my entire team and the country, whose support and enthusiasm was responsible for us to win this award again. This award will motivate us to host a grandeur F1 Indian Grand Prix next year and we would hopefully be able to complete a hat-trick of the award.”
The FIA Prize Giving Gala is organized every year to honour all those who make outstanding contribution to promote motorsports world-wide.
Mr. Farhan Vohra, in-charge of race operations at the Buddh International Circuit, was also recognised by the FIA as the ‘Best Clerk of the Course’ for the year 2012. As a Clerk of the Course (COC), Mr. Vohra had the important responsibility of managing race operations and race control at the BIC during the first two editions of F1 Indian Grand Prix. Previously, he has also been a steward at the Singapore, Abu Dhabi and Germany F1 races, and is the only Indian accredited by the FIA to be a Steward and a Clerk at an F1 race.
Mr. Farhan Vohra, Race Operations in-charge and Clerk of the Course, Buddh International Circuit said, “I am honoured with this recognition, which could not have been possible without the efforts of entire JPSI team that helped ensure a smooth Indian Grand Prix for the second year running. We had made some changes to the track, leading up to the second Indian Grand Prix, but to think that we were able to achieve greater heights than last year, as the recognition signifies, is a testimony to how much more Buddh International Circuit can offer to motor racing.”
This award marks the second year running of BIC’s recognition as a world class motorsport facility. The Circuit and Mr Sameer Gaur had got over a dozen national and international awards last year as well.