The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has recognised the talent shown by single seater racer Jordan King by awarding him with one of their Rising Star accolades. The 17 year old can now wear the BRDC badge, as worn by F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Sir Jackie Stewart.

The Warwickshire based driver took time out from his preparations for the 2011 Formula Renault UK Championship to visit the home of the BRDC, Silverstone, where he awarded the accolade by club members Ian Titchmarsh and David Brodie. As well as being recognised as one of the drivers to watch in the coming years, the award allows him to use the BRDC clubhouse at Silverstone on race weekends.

King said: “It's really good for my career. The Rising Star scheme is for elite drivers and there aren't that many on it, so it's brilliant to be associated with such a prestigious programme – whenever you say the name BRDC to anyone in the sport and anywhere around the world, they know what it is. I can now really make the most of the facilities they have at Silverstone and the BRDC Clubhouse when I'm racing there, which will be good for guests and sponsorship meetings, too.”

Club Secretary Stuart Pringle commented: “Jordan is a young driver who the BRDC has been watching for some time following his considerable success in karting. His arrival in cars has very much lived up to the expectations that many in the sport had for him, and he was therefore a strong candidate to join the BRDC Rising Star scheme at an early stage of his career. We are delighted to have him on the scheme, and very much hope this is the start of a lifelong association with the club.”