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YEARENDER-Sport-Photocopy shop employee wins accolade of year

YEARENDER-Sport-Photocopy shop employee wins accolade of year

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) - An alert employee in a photocopy shop in the prosperous southern England county of Surrey won the most unusual accolade of the 2007 sporting year.

After the Belgian Grand Prix, where Ferrari virtually secured the constructors' championship, president Luca di Montezemolo paid tribute to eventual drivers' champion Kimi Raikkonen.

He then dedicated the race to Ferrari's fans and an "English gentleman who in the month of June wanted to inform us that someone linked to an opponent team entered into his shop and asked him to copy dozens of pages containing technical information about our car".


The anonymous employee tipped off Ferrari that somebody had copied 780 pages of their technical data. The dossier was found at the home of McLaren's former chief designer Mike Coughlan and the scandal eventually cost his team the constructors' title and a $100-million fine.

Raikkonen edged McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for the title after Hamilton, Formula One's first black driver, completed the greatest season for a rookie, starting with nine podium finishes.

Cricket's World Cup, held for the first time in the Caribbean, was overshadowed by the death of Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer, found unconscious in his hotel room after his team had lost to Ireland.

Jamaican police launched a murder inquiry which revealed nothing tangible and an inquest late in the year returned an open verdict after evidence that the 58-year-old Englishman had suffered from a variety of health problems.

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That would be the guy that works at the Kinko's with the F430 parked outside in the Employee of the Decade parking place.

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Montezemolo probably bought him the Kinko's as well.
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Motor racing-Ferrari invite photocopy shop employee to Italy

ROME, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo has invited the British photocopy shop employee who helped uncover the McLaren spy scandal to Italy to thank him.

"If it had not been for that photocopy man we would not have known anything about this story," Montezemolo told reporters on Wednesday at the carmaker's end-of-year celebration at their Maranello headquarters.

"That's why we have invited him to the Mugello race track and will invite him to our factory."

The anonymous employee tipped off Ferrari that somebody had copied 780 pages of their technical data in June.

The dossier was found at the home of McLaren's former chief designer Mike Coughlan and the scandal eventually cost his team the constructors' title and a $100-million fine.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen went on to edge McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso for the drivers' title.

Montezemolo had already dedicated Ferrari's win at the Belgian Grand Prix, where the Italian team virtually secured the constructors' championship, to the employee and to fans.

Montezemolo praised Raikkonen and his Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa and said he did not see twice world champion Fernando Alonso joining Ferrari in the future.

"If we have a problem, it is not a problem with the drivers," he told Rai Italian television.

He also said he would step down as president of Italy's business federation Confindustria in March, which would enable him to concentrate more on Ferrari.

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