Highly-rated young Warwickshire motorsport star Jordan King has been given one of the greatest seals of approval he could possibly receive, with the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) acknowledging his tremendous accomplishments to-date and endorsing his career by awarding him one of its coveted Rising Star accolades.
Having been summoned by the BRDC to the celebrated 'Home of British Motor Racing', Silverstone, Jordan was introduced to prominent club members Ian Titchmarsh and erstwhile British Touring Car Championship race-winner David Brodie - and subsequently bestowed with the club's exclusive Rising Star status, a stamp that marks the Stoneleigh-based speed demon out as one to watch over the coming years.
Just turned 17, he was one of only four drivers selected for the recognition, and aside from now carrying the kudos of the illustrious BRDC badge - worn with pride by some of the country's most eminent sporting heroes including F1 World Champions Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Sir Jackie Stewart and the club's president, Damon Hill - the Princethorpe College student will benefit from the use of the plush BRDC clubhouse at Silverstone on race weekends.
"It's really good for my career, obviously," enthused Jordan, already a brand ambassador for high-end German fashion house Hugo Boss and currently preparing for his maiden full campaign of car racing competition in 2011 in the fiercely-contested Formula Renault UK Championship.
"The Rising Star scheme is for elite drivers and there aren't that many on it, so it's brilliant to be associated with such a prestigious programme - whenever you say the name BRDC to anyone in the sport and anywhere around the world, they know what it is. I can now really make the most of the facilities they have at Silverstone and the BRDC Clubhouse when I'm racing there, which will be good for guests and sponsorship meetings, too."
Indeed, in its esteemed role as the 'Guardian of British Motorsport', the BRDC has been committed since its foundation all the way back in 1928 to fostering the interests of British and Commonwealth drivers and bolstering their chances of achievement in the sport, and just a quick glance at its roster of alumni demonstrates that its talent-spotting credentials are second-to-none.
The Rising Stars are scouted trackside, and with eight national champions from its ranks in 2010 alone and the inspiration of Hamilton himself as one of its greatest success stories, it is clear that all concerned believe Jordan has the qualities and the credentials to go a very long way.
"Jordan is a young driver who the BRDC has been watching for some time following his considerable success in karting," revealed club secretary Stuart Pringle. "His arrival in cars has very much lived up to the expectations that many in the sport had for him, and he was therefore a strong candidate to join the BRDC Rising Star scheme at an early stage of his career. We are delighted to have him on the scheme, and very much hope this is the start of a lifelong association with the club."
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