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Claire Williams awarded OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors

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Williams’ deputy Formula 1 team principal Claire Williams has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her services to the sport.

Williams took over most of the day-to-day running of her father Frank’s eponymous team in 2013, having previously headed up its communications.

She has since played an important part in reviving the team’s fortunes on-track, as well as being one of F1’s most prominent women.

On Thursday, the British government published the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for 2016, confirming that Williams had been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire).

“Today is a very proud day for me, but this is also a bit of a surprise,” Williams admitted.

“To be recognized in this way is a tremendous honor but one everyone at Williams can take credit for. I’m extremely lucky that I get to do a job that I love.

“To be able to play a role in a family legacy is an enormous privilege and one I don’t take for granted.

“Formula One, and Williams, are great success stories for the UK and I will continue to use my role to help showcase what a great sport Formula One is, what a brilliant platform for this country’s expertise in high class engineering it is, as well as a place that welcomes women across all of its disciplines.”

Champion Marc Marquez leads MotoGP into virtual world Sunday

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During its layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, MotoGP will become the latest racing series to enter the virtual world.

The MotoGP Virtual Race will be held at 9 a.m. ET Sunday, March 29 with 10 riders. It will be streamed on several platforms, including the Motorsports on NBC YouTube channel. Reigning series champion Marc Marquez is among the riders in the field.

The premier class of MotoGP has yet to hit the track this season as its opener was canceled and the next three races were postponed, including the Grand Prix of the Americas being moved from April 5 to Nov. 15.

Several other racing series have tried online racing in recent weeks.

IMSA held a “SuperSaturday at Sebring” March 21 in place of the postponed Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. NASCAR started its Pro Invitational Series last Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway and will continue Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. IndyCar kicked off its six-race IndyCar iRacing Challenge with a Saturday race at Watkins Glen International that was won by Sage Karam.