Randle humbled by prestigious British award

Monday 21 December, 2020
Photos: Edge Photographics/Supercars
Thomas Randle has received a major career honour with the 2020 Dunlop Super 2 Series winner awarded the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) prestigious Innes Ireland Trophy.
 
Recognising individuals who display the same courage and sportsmanship that Ireland did in the 1950s and 1960s , the Victorian took out the award in a year where he was diagnosed with testicular cancer before taking out the Repco Supercars Championship’s second tier.
 
Having endured emergency surgery in January, Randle was given the green light to compete, for which he then enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career - finishing every Super2 race in the top two and winning three races.
 
Sharing the award with FIA medical delegate Dr Ian Roberts, who was key in assisting Romain Grosjean during the fiery crash in Bahrain, Randle told Victorian radio station, Racing Sport Network, about how much of an honour it was.
 
“I am extremely humbled and honoured to have overnight received the prestigious Innes Ireland Trophy by,” Randle told Andrew Mayes and Glenn McFarlane.
 
“It means an incredible deal to me. I was speechless when I received the email from BRDC President David Coulthard MBE.
 
“It is just amazing that they recognised for me everything that I am going through and that it was enough for them that they felt Innes Ireland would be more than proud to have given me the award.
 
“To be sharing with Dr Ian Roberts is pretty special. He was outstanding in doing what he did to save Romean’s life. Just being anywhere near that flame would have been tough.
 
“I am just over the moon. It’s a credit to the BRDC for recognising me. I am looking forward to wearing the badge on my race suit for the years to come.”
 
The 24-year-old now joins an exclusive club of Innes Ireland Trophy winners with Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo other Australians reciepeints, while motorsport icons Sir Stirling Moss and Alex Zanardi also received the honour.
 
Randle is yet to confirm his plans for 2021, but was hopeful of earning a seat in the 2021 Repco Supercars Championship with Tickford Racing. 
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