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Racing car of the Year: Brawn BGP001

The Brawn GP BGP001 has been voted as the Racing Car of the Year at the AUTOSPORT Awards

Racing car of the Year: Brawn BGP001

The super-swift white and day-glo yellow machine, which powered Jenson Button to this season's world championship, beat off the challenge put to it by Red Bull Racing's RB5.

The award was presented to Brawn design team members John Owen and Russell Cooley by 1996 world champion Damon Hill.

"It was our intention to be successful during 2009, and that is what made us determined over the winter," said Owen.

"It was a wonderful distraction - it quite easy in a way to focus on our job, because we never stopped to wonder what might happen if we didn't survive. We trusted in Ross [Brawn] and Nick [Fry] to save the team."

The BGP001 was the result of many months' effort by Ross Brawn's men to create a car that would start the 2009 season in the best shape.

Although Honda's withdrawal from the sport in December 2008 left the team's future uncertain, Brawn never eased off with development of the car.

It was the dominant force in the first half of the campaign, winning six of the first seven races. And, although it was forced to give second best to Red Bull Racing and McLaren at many events in the second part of the season, it still took a further two victories in the hands of Rubens Barrichello.

The triumph for Brawn is the first time since 2004 that Ross Brawn has been involved in a design that has won the Racing Car of the Year.

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