Lewis Williamson wins McLaren Autosport BRDC award

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...

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

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Series BTCC , DTM , F1 , FRENAULT