Damon Hill has called time on his five-year reign as president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, it was announced today.

Damon Hill The 1996 Formula 1 World Champion will officially hand over the reins at the club’s Annual General Meeting in late August.

Hill’s most successful achievements have included securing the long-term future of the British Grand Prix at the BRDC-owned Silverstone, as well as the substantial refurbishment of the entire facility.

“It has been a great privilege and honour to serve as BRDC President since 2006,” Hill said in a statement announcing his relinquishment of the post.

“As a Club and business, we can be immensely proud of everything we have achieved for British motor sport over the past few years.

“The BRDC and Silverstone face a stable and exciting future, so the timing is right for me to hand over the reins and devote more time to my family, my own interests, and the racing career of our son, Josh. However, I remain a committed Member of the BRDC and look forward to watching the Club go from strength to strength.”

Former Grand Prix driver Derek Warwick is the favoured candidate to assume the Presidency role, and it is believed that his appointment will be ratified by the BRDC members at the AGM.

“The Board is delighted that Derek is willing to offer himself for election as BRDC President, to take over from Damon. In Derek we have another hugely experienced, yet down to earth, genuine racer,” BRDC chairman Stuart Rolt added.

“In addition to his on-track success and recent work as a Director of the BRDC, Derek has been heavily involved in the management of the BRDC SuperStars and he very much shares Damon’s passion for supporting young British drivers.”

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