A new group of talented British racing drivers from across tin-tops, single-seaters and GT racing have joined the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s (BRDC) prestigious Rising Stars programme.
The invitation-only programme sees only a number of the most talented up and coming racing drivers in the UK aged 24 and under selected each year.
The new intake includes current Renault UK Clio Cup championship leader Josh Files, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC top two Matt Parry and Jack Aitken, BRDC Formula 4 race-winner Charlie Robertson, Protyre Formula Renault front-runner Jake Cook, Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge race-winner David Pittard and reigning Radical Clubmans Cup champion Bradley Smith.
Jack Aitken: “I am completely over the moon at being invited to such a prestigious scheme from a club that every British driver aspires to join. I can’t wait to put the BRDC logo on my car and I intend to do it justice for the rest of this year!”
Josh Files: “It was quite a surprise when I was told that I’d been selected as a BRDC Rising Star. I’m absolutely delighted, as I’ve always wanted to be part of the scheme – it’s recognised by everybody involved in motorsport and opens the door to a host of incredible opportunities. I hoped I’d be considered for it if I won this year’s Renault UK Clio Cup title, so to get this incredible accolade now is just amazing.
David Pittard: “It is a great honour to have been selected for BRDC Rising Star status. The Club has such a great heritage, and when you look through the list of members you realise just how lucky you are to be a part of it. The support I will gain from being a part of the Rising Stars programme will be a fantastic boost to my career going forward. I am going to grasp this opportunity with both hands and not let go!”
Charlie Robertson: “It’s fantastic to have been invited to be part of the Rising Star scheme this weekend. It’s really nice to be recognised as a driver with talent by such a prestigious club, it’s a big honour and hopefully I can make the most of what it will mean to my career.”