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A Batley-born businessman has been appointed to the board of directors of the British Racing Drivers Club.

A Batley-born businessman has been appointed to the board of directors of the British Racing Drivers Club.

Lawrence Tomlinson (pictured), chairman of Leeds-based car manufacturer Ginetta, was proposed for the vacancy at the country's most exclusive club in motor racing by Nigel Mansell and seconded by Damon Hill - both former Formula 1 world champions.

Lawrence Tomlinson (pictured), chairman of Leeds-based car manufacturer Ginetta, was proposed for the vacancy at the country's most exclusive club in motor racing by Nigel Mansell and seconded by Damon Hill - both former Formula 1 world champions.

The appointment comes in recognition of Mr Tomlinson's enthusiasm for British motorsport and extensive expertise in business. Mr Tomlinson said: "I'm delighted to join the BRDC Board and look forward to working with the directors to ensure the longterm future and success of the BRDC, Silverstone, and British motorsport for year s to come.

The appointment comes in recognition of Mr Tomlinson's enthusiasm for British motorsport and extensive expertise in business. Mr Tomlinson said: "I'm delighted to join the BRDC Board and look forward to working with the directors to ensure the longterm future and success of the BRDC, Silverstone, and British motorsport for year s to come.

"The BRDC plays an important role as the guardians of motorsport, which I hold in the highest esteem.

"The BRDC plays an important role as the guardians of motorsport, which I hold in the highest esteem.

"I therefore intend to bring my passion for the sport to the role, continuing my commitment to the progression of young drivers, and providing the board with my experience as a successful entrepreneur to aid the development of Silverstone."

"I therefore intend to bring my passion for the sport to the role, continuing my commitment to the progression of young drivers, and providing the board with my experience as a successful entrepreneur to aid the development of Silverstone."

The BRDC counts among its members the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

The BRDC counts among its members the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

Mr Tomlinson was invited to join the club as a former winner at the 24 hours of Le Mans 2006.

Mr Tomlinson was invited to join the club as a former winner at the 24 hours of Le Mans 2006.

BRDC chairman John Grant said: "I'm delighted that Lawrence has joined the BRDC board and look forward to working with him and other board members over the next few years as we develop our exciting plans for the further development of Silverstone as a world-class motorsport destination.

BRDC chairman John Grant said: "I'm delighted that Lawrence has joined the BRDC board and look forward to working with him and other board members over the next few years as we develop our exciting plans for the further development of Silverstone as a world-class motorsport destination.

"Lawrence's combination of passion for motor sport and extensive experience in business will be a great asset to the board."

"Lawrence's combination of passion for motor sport and extensive experience in business will be a great asset to the board."

This announcement further cements Ginetta's place as a valued contributor to British Motorsport, as in early 2013, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup was named as qualifying championship that can be used towards membership.

This announcement further cements Ginetta's place as a valued contributor to British Motorsport, as in early 2013, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup was named as qualifying championship that can be used towards membership.

Mr Tomlinson is chairman of LNT Group, which includes Ginetta and also has interests in construction, care homes, software and climate protection systems.

which includes Ginetta and also has interests in construction, care homes, software and climate protection systems.

The former Batley Grammar School pupil who also studied at Huddersfield Technica l College and worked at turbocharger firm Holset, has honorary doctorates from both Huddersfield University and Leeds Metropolitan University.

The former Batley Grammar School pupil who also studied at Huddersfield Technica l College and worked at turbocharger firm Holset, has honorary doctorates from both Huddersfield University and Leeds Metropolitan University.

Lawrence Tomlinson, chairman of Ginetta

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