National Rally Driver: Mark Higgins

Mark Higgins didn't win the British Rally Championship in 2000 - he was runner-up, but three wins from six rounds and his mastery of the Vauxhall Astra kit-car made him the Autosport readers' choice for National Rally Driver of the Year

National Rally Driver: Mark Higgins

Higgins won the British title in 1997, switched to Volkswagen in '99 then joined forces with Vauxhall for a 2000 assault on the BRC. Mechanical problems on the Pirelli and Scottish rallies hampered his title chances, but his wins on the Welsh, Jim Clark and Manx events demonstrated his mastery of all surfaces.

It was the second time Higgins won the readers' award, the first coming in 1997. David Richards, the man behind Prodrive Engineering and the World Rally Championship's TV coverage, presented Higgins with his trophy.

"It's been a really enjoyable year," said Higgins, "It's a very exciting and spectacular sport and hopefully this wil go some way to helping us to make the step up to the next level."

As well as Higgins, previous winners of the National Rally Driver of the Year include Richard Burns, Colin McRae and Tapio Laukkanen.

For a full list of sponsors for the 2000 Autosport Awards, please click here.

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