October 20, 2017 / 12:31 AM / a year ago

Motor racing - Hopkirk replaces Warwick as BRDC president

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Monte Carlo rally winner Paddy Hopkirk has been elected president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club that owns Silverstone circuit, the BRDC said.

FILE PHOTO - Paddy Hopkirk, driver of the 1964 Mini that won the Rallye Monte Carlo, poses with the 2005 Mini Cooper S MC40 version that made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, February 4, 2004. REUTERS/Frank Polich FJP

The 84-year-old Northern Irishman takes over from former Formula One racer Derek Warwick, who decided not to stand for re-election.

The BRDC announced in July that it had activated a break clause in its contract to host the British Grand Prix, throwing the future of the country’s race into doubt after 2019.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury

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