Three new drivers have been named as BRDC SuperStars for 2016, with a total of twelve set to benefit from the programme this season.
British GT4 champion Ross Gunn, BRDC Formula 4 victor Will Palmer and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps runner-up Jake Hughes have joined the scheme, which supports drivers with their physical and mental fitness, communication and media and marketing skills.
Single-seater drivers dominate the list once again with eight drivers, Hughes and Palmer joined by Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland, GP3 newcomer Jake Dennis, Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn and European F3 trio Ben Barnicoat, George Russell and Alex Albon.
GT racing is represented by reigning Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion Dan Cammish and Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson alongside Gunn, while BTCC race-winner Jack Goff is retained as the only touring car driver.
Alexander Sims will act as BRDC SuperStars ambassador for a third year, mentoring the drivers on the programme, with the outgoing drivers being BTCC podium-finisher Tom Ingram, former British GT4 champion Ross Wylie and GP3 ace Matt Parry.
“Three of our BRDC SuperStars won major international championships in 2015 and as we enter the ninth year of the programme, I hope that success can be emulated or exceeded this year,” said Tim Harvey, BRDC SuperStars Director.
“I am delighted to welcome Will Palmer, Jake Hughes and Ross Gunn to the BRDC SuperStars line-up as all of them have already shown exceptional talent early in their careers. The aim, of course, of the BRDC SuperStars scheme is to help develop this talent to the point at which drivers become professional.
“It was therefore particularly gratifying to see no less than seven current or former BRDC SuperStars competing professionally at Le Mans last year, proof that the BRDC can recognise and nurture emerging talent.”