MCLAREN AUTOSPORT BRDC AWARD FINALISTS CHOSEN
Four young Britons to contest for revamped 2016 MABA prize
Ricky Collard, Sennan Fielding, Lando Norris and Toby Sowery have been selected as the 2016 Mclaren Autosport BRDC Award finalists.
The Award aims to support up-andcoming British racing talent and former winners include 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button, 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson and three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.
This year, the winner will be offered a Mclaren simulator role in 2017, as well as a Mclaren F1 test, full British Racing Drivers’ Club membership and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon crash helmet.
Collard and Sowery both won five races in BRDC British F3 this season, with Carlin and Lanan respectively, while Fielding became British F4 champion with JHR at Brands Hatch last weekend. Norris took the Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC crowns with Josef Kaufmann Racing, won the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand with M2, and was a race winner with Carlin on sporadic BRDC British F3 outings.
All four will face fitness and simulator assessments by Mclaren, as well as a twoday Silverstone test driving Formula 2, DTM Mercedes and Mclaren GT3 cars.
EX-F1 driver and BRDC president Derek Warwick chairs the judging panel, which also includes two-time British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, Mclaren’s Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams, leading circuit commentator Ian Titchmarsh, Autosport editor Kevin Turner and Autosport features editor Scott Mitchell. Le Mans winner David Brabham will be this year’s guest judge. The winner will be announced at the Autosport Awards on December 4.