2017 Segrave Trophy awarded to Sam Sunderland
For being the first Briton to win a Dakar Rally crown by winning the motorcycle category in 2017.
The Club is proud to have awarded the 2017 Segrave Trophy to motorcycle race, Sam Sunderland. Acknowledging the Dorset man’s success, the citation for the award read, ‘For being the first Briton to win a Dakar Rally crown by winning the motorcycle category in 2017’.
Speaking at the presentation lunch, Tom Purves, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club, said, ‘Lady Segrave commissioned the Trophy in 1930, soon after her husband, Sir Henry Segrave died after breaking the water speed record on Lake Windermere. It was her wish that the Trophy would celebrate British nationals who demonstrated outstanding skill, courage and initiative ‒ the spirit of adventure ‒ whether on land, sea or in the air and we are delighted to award the Trophy to Sam Sunderland’.
He continued ‘It is our honour to pay tribute to Sam’s remarkable achievement in what is considered the world’s toughest endurance race. Sam’s bravery, speed, navigation skills and adaption to temperatures, terrain and altitude are all the qualities that Lady Segrave wished to celebrate and Sir Henry would have admired.’
In 2017, Sam Sunderland made history as the first British competitor to win the motorcycle class of the famous Dakar Rally. The rally began in Asuncion, Paraguay and ran through the vast and rugged terrain of Bolivia and Argentina. The Red Bull KTM factory team rider took the lead on the fifth of twelve stages and maintained it to the bitter end, completing the final Argentinian stage 32 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor and fellow team-mate Matthias Walkner to secure the title and deliver KTM its 16th straight Dakar victory.
Upon receiving the Trophy, Sunderland said: ‘I’m absolutely honoured to receive this prestigious award from the Royal Automobile Club. I am so proud to have my name alongside so many of my racing heroes like John Surtees, Barry Sheene and Joey Dunlop. I have huge respect for everyone who has been a part of the Trophy’s history’.