Jan Charouz, Czech racing driver and winner of Le Mans Series 2009, obtained on Saturday the FIA Talent of the Year Award from the hand of FIA president Jeana Todta.
Jan Charouz was awarded in the course of FIA Central European Zone Prize Giving Ceremony, that took place in Sveti Stefan (Montenegro). With this trophy FIA acknowledged the talent and abilities of young Czech driver. In last three years Jan Charouz has been focusing on sports car endurance racing. Although he was one of the youngest drivers on the grid, from the first races he also belonged into the group of the fastest drivers. He showed his abilities this year winning together with his Aston Martin Racing teammates Tomas Enge and Stefan Mucke Le Mans Series in drivers, teams and manufacturer classification.
Jan Charouz: "I really make the most of this award. This year I completed the university, nevertheless I did my best to keep getting better on the racing tracks. Results of Le Mans Series and this award signalize, that it was not redundant effort. I am really happy, that FIA decided to give this award right to me."
Antonin Charouz, manager: "It's great. Of course I am proud of Jan. It is something special to obtain the award right from the hand of FIA president, especially if he is so important person like Jean Todt is. It is great honour."