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Bridgestone announce 2008 e-reporter winner 17 Sep 2008

Franco Annunziato, Managing Director, Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe and 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter winner Guillaume Navarro. © Bridgestone/GP2 Series Bridgestone e-reporter graduates of the last five years at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix in Monza. © Bridgestone/GP2 Series 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter winner Guillaume Navarro. © Bridgestone/GP2 Series Bridgestone e-reporter finalist Guillaume Navarro (right) chats with DAMS' Jerome d'Ambrosio, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, 01 August 2008.  Bridgestone

French student Guillaume Navarro was crowned the winner of the 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter competition on Sunday night in Monza. The results of the journalistic competition were announced as part of the 2008 GP2 Series end-of-season ceremony.

Bridgestone e-reporter is a pan-European competition for students striving for a career in sports journalism. It offers up-and-coming writers the opportunity to report on GP2, the Formula One support series, and to develop their journalistic talent with first-hand experience at a European round of the championship.

This year it attracted a record number of entries, from which nine finalists were chosen. 2008 also marked the fifth anniversary of the competition and the company celebrated by inviting all previous e-reporter finalists to Monza.

A total of 31 graduates joined the celebratory reunion and watched as Navarro received his prize at the GP2 awards. Navarro’s victory was announced on stage by Franco Annunziato - managing director, Bridgestone Technical Centre Europe - in front of all GP2 teams, drivers, GP2 series personnel, official suppliers and partners attending the evening celebrations.

"It is a great honour to crown yet another talented Bridgestone e-reporter. As we celebrate five years of the competition this year, we look forward to the future by continuing our commitment to education and supporting young talents," commented Annunziato.

Overjoyed winner Navarro added, “In the same way GP2 is Formula One’s strongest feeder series, the Bridgestone e-reporter competition represents a unique chance for young aspiring motorsport journalists to make their way to the paddock. Being the winner of the 2008 Bridgestone e-reporter contest gives me a great sense of achievement.

“Most of all it will give me opportunities to work with passion in the motorsport journalism environment. I would like to thank Bridgestone for this amazing programme that has been a success for five years. Thanks to the competition, new generations of writers will hopefully make successful careers in years to come.”

Navarro was chosen for his excellent ability to produce written race reports, conduct interviews with drivers, team managers and GP2 Series personnel, and for his professional journalistic approach in the paddock and around the GP2 teams. He will continue his work with Bridgestone by covering Bridgestone-backed events in 2008. Navarro was also awarded a laptop computer and work experience at a European motorsport magazine.

“We were presented with a difficult task judging the Bridgestone e-reporter finalists this year,” said panelist Tony Jardine. “The calibre of the nine finalists was extremely high. The winner, Guillaume Navarro, is exactly what we are looking for in a strong candidate. His creative writing, his never-ending enthusiasm to get the job done, his curiosity and his ability to seize opportunities have made him the Bridgestone e-reporter 2008.”

For more on the Bridgestone e-reporter competition, click here.