Justin Wilson became the first Briton to win the Formula 3000 title after finishing second in the penultimate race of the series in Belgium. And he was rewarded with the promise of a McLaren Formula One test drive. McLaren team principal Ron...
Justin Wilson became the first Briton to win the Formula 3000 title after finishing second in the penultimate race of the series in Belgium.
And he was rewarded with the promise of a McLaren Formula One test drive.
McLaren team principal Ron Dennis told reporters at the Belgian Grand Prix that the tall 23-year-old would be given a test soon.
The 23-year-old, from Sheffield, has achieved what David Coulthard, Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine were unable to do in the series' 17-year history.
Wilson was assured of the title after just two laps of the 22-lap race at Spa-Francorchamps when rival Mark Webber smashed into a tyre barrier on the wet track.
The Australian, who had to win both remaining races and hope Wilson did not pick up a point, went to hospital for a precautionary X-ray on his right leg.
I don't think the fact I have won it will sink in for a few weeks yet. Julian Wilson
Wilson said: "I have not really been thinking about the championship.
"Everybody has been telling me it was mine because I only needed a point, but I just wanted to focus on the race.
"It's great to have finished it off here though I don't think the fact I have won it will sink in for a few weeks yet."
Wilson finished on the podium nine times in 11 races this season.
The Coca-Cola Nordic Racing driver is hoping the title triumph in a series regarded as the final stepping stone into Formula One will see him graduate to the Grand Prix scene in 2002.
Wilson added: "We are talking to teams and things are looking a lot better than they were three months ago.
"But I cannot say too much at the moment though Formula One is where I want to be."
Wilson, who has won three races this year, is understood to be in talks with Jordan for a possible test driver role.
He was able to celebrate the title early as he eventually finished just over 11 seconds behind Brazil's Ricardo Sperafico.