2012 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Launched

Nominations have been opened for the 2012 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

The annual award aims to find Britain’s most promising young single-seater driver, with former winners including Dario Franchitti (1992), Jenson Button (1998), Paul Di Resta (2004) and Oliver Rowland (2011).

To be eligible, a driver has to be between the ages of 16 and 22 on January 1st 2012, have been born in the UK or hold a British passport and have competed in a single-seater championship up to and including British F3 National Class (or European equivalent) and not in any higher category in the current calendar year.

To nominate a driver, email [email protected] with your vote, with ‘nominations’ in the subject line. People can only vote once, with nominations closing at midday on Thursday 20th September.

The nominees will be announced in early October, with the 2012 winner receiving £100,000, a McLaren F1 test and a TW Steel watch.


Possible nominees from 2012 include:

Jake Cook – Formula Ford GB race-winner.

Jake Dennis – Current Formula Renault NEC championship leader.

Jack Hawksworth – 2012 Star Mazda Champion.

Josh Hill – Formula Renault NEC race-winner.

Jordan King – 2nd in the Formula Renault NEC standings.

Matthew Mason – Intersteps race-winner.

Seb Morris – Formula Renault BARC race-winner.

Matthew Parry – Current Intersteps championship leader.

Josh Webster – 2nd in the Formula Renault BARC standings.

Dan Wells – Formula Pilota China race-winner.

  • James

    The list of 15 names in Autosport magazine includes no less than five drivers from the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship but the obvious glaring omission is that of the championship leader Scott Malvern!
    OK if course I realise that Scott has been selected as a finalist twice already and he is now over the age limit currently being stated. Interestingly enough Duncan Tappy (2007), Nathan Freke (2006) and Nick Tandy (2007) were all older than Scott is now when they were last selected as finalists. Despite a very late deal and a make it up as you go along season Scott has again showed his class this year as he has done every season since he began racing in 2009. That is why he has a win ratio of almost 50% of the races that he has started and a podium record approaching 75%. Scott has all the ingredients to be a professional racing driver except the one that you need most of all and that is money!
    For what it’s worth I predict that Jake Dennis will win the award this season. Good luck to all the finalists. Being selected is a great achievement in itself!