Less than a month after finishing second in this year's Formula Palmer Audi championship, Stefan Wilson has been announced as one of the six finalists for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. He and four others were selected from a shortlist compiled following nominations by readers of Autosport magazine, with the sixth finalist to be decided in a Formula Palmer Audi shoot-out on 3-4 November.
A panel of judges will evaluate the competitors later in November when Stefan and his five rivals will drive a variety of cars at Snetterton - a World Series by Renault single-seater, a DTM Mercedes and a Porsche Carrera Cup car. They will also be interviewed by the judges at the McLaren Technology Centre. The winner will be announced at the Autosport Awards in London on 2 December.
The other finalists named so far are Duncan Tappy and Dean Smith, champion and runner-up respectively in Formula Renault UK; British Formula Ford champion Callum MacLeod; and Formula BMW race winner Henry Arundel.
Stefan's brother Justin was himself a finalist for the Award in 1995 and again in 1998. Previous winners include David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Gary Paffett.
Stefan, who scored four wins on his way to runner-up in FPA in only his first season out of karts, is naturally delighted with the news. "I'm over the moon to be given this opportunity", he said. "FPA has been a brilliant championship to be part of. It was a competitive season and I've learned a huge amount." He added, "I'm really pleased with my performance in the championship and it's also great to have my achievements recognised by some of the sport's leading names. I'm determined to make the most of this opportunity to help further my racing career."