Minor, who navigates Henning Solberg in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC, was chosen as the winner by a panel of judges consisting of Paul Turner, Park’s manager, world champion co-driver Robert Reid and Vincent Laverne, who inspired the trophy.
The 36-year-old Austrian faced competition from Daniel Elena, Julien Ingrassia, Kuldar Sikk and Miikka Anttila. She was presented with the bronze bust, the work of French artist François Chevalier, which was donated to Michael’s wife, Marie, and children, William and Victoria.
“Ilka competed directly against Michael for a number of years and he always had a great deal of respect for her as a co-driver and a friend,” said Turner. “She is a modest and unassuming co-driver who goes about her business in a low profile but utterly professional way, traits which were, of course, true of Michael as well. I know that he would absolutely approve of the decision to present her with this prestigious award today in Wales.”
Minor has been competing since 1997. He husband, Gavin, is a rally engineer.
She follows in the footsteps of former winners Daniel Elena, Timo Rautiainen, Denis Giraudet, Jarmo Lehtinen and Phil Mills.