McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 2018 finalists revealed

The four finalists who will contest the 2018 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award have been selected.

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award 2018 finalists revealed

BRDC Formula 3 race winners Jamie Caroline and Tom Gamble, Formula Renault Eurocup points leader Max Fewtrell, and British Formula 4 champion Kiern Jewiss are finalists. Only Fewtrell, 19, has been a finalist before.

There will be fitness and simulator elements before a two-day test at Silverstone in MotorSport Vision Formula 2, McLaren GT3 and Ligier LMP3 machinery.

Prizes for the winner, who will be announced at the Autosport Awards on December 2, include a McLaren F1 test and full membership to the British Racing Drivers’ Club.

Ex-Formula 1 driver and former BRDC president Derek Warwick chairs the judging panel, which also comprises two-time British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, former McLaren and Lola designer Mark Williams, GT team boss and 1997 Award winner Andrew Kirkaldy, experienced commentator Ian Titchmarsh, McLaren’s Amelia Lewis, and Autosport’s Kevin Turner and Scott Mitchell.

Last year’s guest judge and recently announced BMW Formula E driver Alexander Sims has also joined the panel full-time.

Former Award winners include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, new McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, triple Indianapolis 500 victor Dario Franchitti, and 2014 World Endurance champion Anthony Davidson.

Last year’s winner was current European Formula 3 title contender and Red Bull protege Dan Ticktum.

JAMIE CAROLINE

Jamie Caroline, Carlin

Jamie Caroline, Carlin

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Age: 19

2018: Race winner in BRDC F3 with Carlin (2 wins)

What he’s done:

Caroline narrowly missed out on a place in the Award last year, when he won the British Formula 4 Championship with Carlin.

Thanks to budget constraints, Caroline has had a tricky 2018 and hasn’t been able to complete a full campaign.

He has, however, managed to win twice in just three meetings in the BRDC F3 Championship and took two fourth places early on in the season in USF2000.

What he says:

“The Award wasn’t on my radar – I’m more surprised getting in this year than I would have been last year because I’ve had such little seat time. It’s been my hardest season in motorsport.

“I can’t thank the BRDC enough for the support it’s given me this year and this is another lifeline.

“I’m looking forward to the F2 car, but the prototype will be cool too and the GT3 should be fun.”

MAX FEWTRELL

Max Fewtrell, R-Ace GP

Max Fewtrell, R-Ace GP

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Age: 19

2018: Leading Formula Renault Eurocup with R-ace GP (6 wins)

What he’s done:

After taking the 2016 British F4 crown with Carlin, Fewtrell stepped up to the competitive Formula Renault Eurocup last year.

He was a race winner with Tech 1, finishing sixth in the standings and earning a place on the 2017 Award.

Fewtrell switched to R-ace GP for another crack at the Eurocup in 2018 and currently leads the standings by 20.5 points with just two races to go.

What he says:

“Last year in the Award tests I don’t think I did my best, so I hoped I would get another chance.

“We started this year strongly, then we were unlucky at Monza and got punted off, but we’ve clawed back to the front so it’s been a good season and I thought I might get another chance in the Award.

“This year I need to prepare a bit better – I took the Award for granted last time.”

TOM GAMBLE

Tom Gamble, Fortec Motorsports

Tom Gamble, Fortec Motorsports

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Age: 16

2018: Fifth in BRDC F3 with Fortec (2 wins)

What he’s done:

Gamble won the British Touring Car-supporting Ginetta Junior title in 2017 with JHR and immediately stepped up to BRDC Formula 3 with Fortec this season.

It’s been a tough year for the Brits as Swede Linus Lundqvist and Dane Nicolai Kjaergaard have battled for the crown, but single-seater rookie Gamble has led the home challenge.

He has scored two wins and currently lies fifth in the table with three races to go.

What he says:

“The Award was definitely in my mind. It’s fantastic to be part of – some of the people that have won it have gone on to achieve a lot in motorsport.

“It’s been an up-and-down season, but we've shown speed.

“I’m looking forward to the F2 car, with the downforce. Going from the Ginetta Junior to BRDC F3 was massive so I can’t imagine what the F2 car will be like. I’ll have to do some neck training!”

KIERN JEWISS

Kiern Jewiss, Double R

Kiern Jewiss, Double R

Photo by: JEP / LAT Images

Age: 16

2018: British F4 champion with Double R (6 wins)

What he’s done:

The former karting star made a real impression in his first season of car racing in British F4 this year.

Driving for Double R, the rookie beat more experienced drivers to claim the crown at the Brands Hatch finale.

Jewiss’s final tally was six wins and 12 other podium finishes from the 30 races and he impressed many with his racecraft.

What he says:

“It’s all a bit of a shock. When the nominations came out and my name was on there it gave me a good feeling. Before that it was just a dream.

“I’ve been to the Autosport Awards and this is the one that stood out. I want to be the one up there at the end of the night. It’s crazy to be selected and the whole thing is special.

“Now that I’m a finalist I’m going to do my homework.”

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