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Williamson Awarded McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm open wheel racing news

On Monday, Lewis Williamson was named 2010’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year.  The prestigious award was bumped up from £50,000 to £100,000, thanks to McLaren.

In addition, Williamson, 21, will receive a McLaren Formula 1 test, full BRDC membership, Puma racewear and a TW Steel watch.

The young Scottish driver finished runner-up in the Formula Renault UK Championship this season, compiling five wins, nine podiums and five pole positions while driving for Manor Motorsport. This season marked his second consecutive full campaign in the competitive Formula Renault category. He showed tremendous improvement this year, scoring his first win at Oulton in early June, while finishing inside the top-five on 15 occasions.

While nothing official has been announced, Williamson will likely make the jump to GP3 in 2011. He tested with Atech CRS GP at Estoril and paced the 30-car field. Watch for a bright future from this talented up-and-coming driver.

Other nominees for this year’s BRDC McLaren Autosport Young Driver Award were: Tom Blomqvist, Formula Renault; Luciano Bacheta, Formula Renault; Jack Harvey, Formula BMW Europe; Scott Malvern, British Formula Ford; and Nigel Moore, Formula Palmer Audi.

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