LEWIS WILLIAMSON BECOMES 22nd McLAREN AUTOSPORT BRDC AWARD WINNER

Lewis Williamson was officially unveiled as a standout talent for the future by winning the 2010 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award at the AUTOSPORT Awards in London.

The 21-year-old will get to sample a McLaren Formula 1 car as part of his prize, and will also receive a cheque for £100,000, full membership of the British Racing Drivers' Club, a TW Steel watch, Puma racewear for a year.

"What do you say? I'm just in a state of shock," Williamson said. I went up there [to the driver evaluation] and did what I've done all year; give it 100 per cent. That's all you can do.

"When I was told I was in the final six, I was at work and I couldn't believe the words coming down the phone. I broke down in tears at the time, so to win it..."

Williamson, the 22nd winner of the award, joins a list of winners that includes 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, grand prix winner David Coulthard, three-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, ex-F1 driver Anthony Davidson, DTM champion Paul di Resta and his fellow Mercedes-Benz team-mates Gary Paffett and Jamie Green.

He earned his place as an award finalist by finishing as runner-up in Formula Renault UK, which is one of the most competitive junior single- seater championships in the world. He hopes to graduate to the GP3 Series next year and has already tested one of the championship's cars.

Williamson beat his rival candidates - Luciano Bacheta, Tom Blomqvist, Jack Harvey, Scott Malvern and Nigel Moore - after two days of evaluation at Silverstone's South circuit in Formula 2 and HWA Mercedes-Benz DTM cars.

The finalists were also subjected to interviews by the expert judging panel that included former F1 driver Derek Warwick, BTCC champion Jason Plato and DTM front-runner Jamie Green.

-source: autosport awards