Nigel Moore secures £100,000 F2 Scholarship prize
Young Briton crowned 2010 Formula Palmer Audi champion
Britain's Nigel Moore has secured the 2010 Formula Palmer Audi title, and in doing so a £100,000 scholarship prize towards a seat in Formula Two in 2011.
The championship caps a remarkable career so far for the young Yorkshireman, who adds the Formula Palmer Audi crown to his earlier successes in the Ginetta Junior and Ginetta G50 Championships. He is also one of six drivers in the final shortlist for this year's prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Nigel, 18, is the youngest British competitor to ever compete at Le Mans, and next year is set to embark on an assault on the FIA Formula Two Championship, with the prize of a Williams F1 test awaiting the title winner.
"To win the championship at the end just feels absolutely great!," Moore said. "I've kept my head down all season and the best part has definitely been the end! It's my first ever year of single seaters and it's been excellent, I just can't thank everybody enough - Mark and everyone who helped me, the entire FPA team and of course a big thank you to Jonathan Palmer, Lawrence Tomlinson and everyone at Ginetta.
"I can't wait for next year to be honest. F2 is definitely where I'm aiming - it's a big step up, but I've proved myself in single seaters and this is now my fourth title in four years so I can't really ask for more. Hopefully I can translate that form next year as well!"
Moore went into the Silverstone weekend in second place in the standings, which had been headed for the majority of the season by Frenchman Maxime Jousse, the brother of former F2 driver Julien.
Moore though had one of his best weekends of the year, claiming second place in both races on Saturday, before winning Sunday's opening encounter to establish a clear lead at the top of the standings.
Jousse meanwhile could only manage fifth in race one, fourth in the second event, and another fifth in Sunday's first race - dropping him seven points behind his rival.
The enthralling title battle went right down to the wire, and was spiced up even further when both drivers found themselves fighting through the pack in the final race, the pair going wheel to wheel at Becketts on the opening lap.
Jousse moved into sixth by the end of the third lap and then fifth on the very next tour. With Moore in ninth, Jousse needed just three more points - third on the road - to capture the title.
Moore responded however and by the end of lap six he was up into seventh, prompting Jousse to push even harder in order to break into the top three. As the pair played an enthralling game of cat and mouse, the deciding moment came in an incident between Jousse and debutant Jordan King which saw the pair make contact - King losing his wing and Jousse suffering damage to his.
Jousse crucially dropped to sixth place, with Moore able to make his way past. The French driver, hindered by his front wing damage, was losing time and the final deciding moment in the championship came when Jousse had a coming together with Howard Fuller at Luffield - the Frenchman spinning off and pulling into the pits as a result. Moore remained relatively untroubled and finished fourth to win the championship by nine points.
As champion, Moore will receive a £100,000 scholarship prize -- the biggest prize in UK motorsport -- towards a seat in the 2011 FIA Formula Two Championship. The top six finishers -- Moore, Maxime Jousse, Ramon Piñeiro, Kieran Vernon, Jose Alonso Liste and Vincent Beltoise -- will all receive a test in the Williams JPH1B during F2's planned winter tests at the beginning of December.