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Last Updated: Friday, 31 December, 2004, 00:29 GMT
Recognition for motorsport guru
David Richards
David Richards, chairman and founder of motorsport company Prodrive, has become a CBE for his services to the sport.

Since starting the Oxfordshire-based business in 1984, Richards has seen Prodrive become the world's largest independent motorsport company.

During that time Prodrive-run teams have won six World Rally Championship titles and five British Touring Car Championships.

This year the 52-year-old helped BAR to second in the F1 constructors' table.

Richards' tenure as boss of the Brackley-based team ended in November when engine-supplier Honda increased its stake in the 2004 F1 season's surprise package.

But Richards can count his time at BAR as another success for his glowing CV.

Prodrive, which employs nearly 900 people and has an annual turnover of 110m, is the only firm currently involved in the highest level of the world's three leading motorsport categories: F1, World Rally and Le Mans 24 Hours.

It runs the Subaru World Rally Team, the Ferrari 550 GTS programme in the Le Mans 24 Hours and American Le Mans Series and Ford Performance Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar series.




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