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The shortlists for this year’s Motor Sport Hall of Fame Awards have been announced following a global poll that attracted more than 40,000 votes – twice as many as the 2017 awards. The winners for each category – including a brand-new ‘Racing car’ award – will be inducted during a star-studded event that will be hosted by Suzi Perry at the exclusive Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park estate on Monday 4 June.

Great names such as Adrian Newey, Derek Bell, Richard Attwood, Jackie Oliver and Professor Gordon Murray will be there, while previous legends to have enjoyed the evening’s unique atmosphere include Sir Jackie Stewart, Alain Prost, Niki Lauda and Damon Hill.

The Motor Sport Hall of Fame contenders for 2018 are…

Sports cars shortlist

– Hans-Joachim Stuck One of the most spectacular sports car stars of all time. He first competed at the Nürburgring at the age of 18 and won the circuit’s inaugural 24-hour race in 1970. He would eventually score three victories in that event, as well as twice winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans as part of the factory Porsche team. In 1985, he shared the World Endurance Championship for Drivers title with Derek Bell.
– Henri Pescarolo A Le Mans legend, pure and simple. Winner of the race on four of his record 33 starts, he continued as a central character in the event as a team owner long after retiring as a driver. In 1991, he added victory in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
– Pedro Rodriguez Twice a Grand Prix winner, it was in sports cars that Rodríguez was really special. The sight of his Gulf Porsche 917K on the edge of adhesion during the wet 1970 BOAC 1000Kms at Brands Hatch is one of the iconic images of the era.

US racing shortlist

– AJ Foyt One of the great all-rounders, Foyt won the USAC National Championship on a record seven occasions and was the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. He remains the only man to have won that race plus the Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
– Phil Hill Best known as America’s first Formula 1 world champion, Hill also excelled in sports cars. His 14 victories in the World Sportscar Championship spanned more than a decade and included three victories at Le Mans and Sebring.
– Richard Petty ‘The King’ is the son of three-time NASCAR Champion Lee Petty, but etched his own lasting place in stock car history: 1,184 starts, 200 victories (as well as another couple as a relief driver) and seven titles are the facts behind NASCAR’s most famous driver.

Racing car shortlist

– Porsche 917 The 917 had a fearsome reputation in its early days, but once the factory got it sorted, the 12-cylinder titan swept all before it. Throughout 1970 and ’71, it was near-unbeatable with the likes of Rodríguez, Jo Siffert, Brian Redman, Bell and Attwood at the wheel. When regulation changes ruled it out of sports car racing, the turbocharged 917/10 and 917/30 dominated Can-Am.
– McLaren MP4/4 Only once in its 16 races was the MP4/4 beaten – it was as close to perfection as any Formula One car has ever come. Designed by a team led by Gordon Murray and Steve Nichols, McLaren’s 1988 challenger featured Honda’s superb turbocharged V6 and the two fastest drivers of the era in Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. It was the class of the field from its very first test, and McLaren won the Constructors Championship with 199 points. Ferrari was next on 65…
– Audi Quattro This is the car that revolutionised rallying when it was introduced in 1980, and which came to define the Group B arms race. Michele Mouton has said that she knew it was the future as soon as she drove it, and the Quattro’s turbocharged four-wheel-drive technology changed the face of the sport.

Motorcycles shortlist

– Mike Hailwood ‘Mike the Bike’ was a true legend – a multiple champion on two wheels and a star on four. Winner of nine world championships, including both 250cc and 350cc titles in 1966 and ’67, plus 14 TTs, he averaged a win every other race on the world stage – and that in an era as deadly as any. Hailwood was even awarded the George Medal after saving an unconscious Clay Regazzoni from his burning car at Kyalami in 1973.
– Joey Dunlop With 26 TT wins in 25 visits, Dunlop has won more times on the Isle of Man than anyone else in history. That alone is reason enough for his inclusion in the final three. Even in 2000, at the age of 48, he won three out of five races during TT week. A month later he died in Estonia in a 125cc charity race. His memory lives on, though, and he will forever be considered a legend of the TT.
– Kenny Roberts ‘King Kenny’ was the first American to win a Grand Prix world championship when he claimed the 500cc crown in 1978. He won it twice more, in ’79 and ’80, and in 1983 finished second after an epic battle with Freddie Spencer. Roberts was also a tireless safety campaigner.

Formula 1 shortlist sponsored by Princess Yachts

– Mike Costin & Keith Duckworth Thanks to their Cosworth engines, Costin and Duckworth are two of the most important men not only in Formula One but the whole of motor sport. The DFV was unmatched between 1967 and the early ’80s, powering 12 drivers to Formula 1 titles in 14 years. For more than 30 years it, and its derivatives, won in almost every branch of motor sport.
– Jenson Button After bursting onto the scene with Williams, Button’s long career included much frustration before fate finally dealt him a winning hand in the most unexpected of circumstances. Victory in the 2009 World Championship with Brawn GP – plus his strong performances against Lewis Hamilton while McLaren team-mates – is evidence of a worthy and popular Grand Prix driver.
– Gilles Villeneuve Bare statistics in no way reflect the flair, talent or determination of the little French-Canadian – fate allowed him to shine brilliantly but only briefly. The fastest driver of his era – perhaps of any era – his short career was full of memorable moments. No surprise he made the final three once again.

The 2018 winners will join the likes of Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss, Giacomo Agostini and Roger Penske in the Motor Sport Hall of Fame. There will also be an Industry Award presented on the night – last year’s inductee was Prodrive boss David Richards – plus an

Inspiration Award which was last awarded to the voice of Formula 1: the legendary Murray Walker.

As well as honouring the great names from two wheels and four, the awards will be working with charity partner Mission Motorsport, which provides opportunities for servicemen and women who have been affected by military operations to take part in motor racing as part of their recovery and rehabilitation.

Tickets are available so that enthusiasts can rub shoulders with their heroes, and the unforgettable evening will open with demonstrations of racing machinery along the Captain’s Drive, before guests enjoy a Champagne and canape reception followed by a three-course meal.

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