Arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing, the distinction can only be awarded at the invitation of BRDC directors and is “reserved for top performing individuals who would not normally be eligible to be members of the club due to for their participation in alternative motorsport segments, or in some cases because of their non-British or Commonwealth nationality, or both â.
Northern Irish rider Rea made World Superbike history, winning the title six consecutive years from 2015 to 2020. The 34-year-old also achieved a 100th career victory in the opening round of the 2021 championship at Motorland Aragon in Spain.
Grand Prix legend Valentino Rossi was named an honorary member in 2015, and John McGuinness, 23-time Isle of Man TT winner, also received the same recognition in 2016.
There are other members throughout the history of the Club, also known for their success in motorcycle racing, but they have qualified for BRDC membership through their racing achievements, such as the legendary John Surtees and Geoff Duke.
A statement from the BRDC, which owns and operates the Silverstone racing circuit, said: âThe British Racing Drivers‘ Club (BRDC) is delighted to announce that Jonathan Rea will become an honorary member of the club, arguably the club’s most exclusive to the automotive industry. races.
“With six FIM Superbike World Championship titles to his name and 103 race wins (and more) in the series since his debut in 2009, Jonathan is the most successful rider in Superbike world history and is an addition fantastic about joining BRDC.
âThe Club looks forward to welcoming Jonathan and his family to the BRDC facilities at the Silverstone circuit in due course.
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