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Rowland earns McLaren F1 test

Oliver Rowland earns a McLaren test after winning Young Driver Award
Teenager Oliver Rowland has secured a test with the McLaren F1 team after being named as the winner of the 2011 McLaren Autosport BRDC award.

Rowland, who finished second in the CERTINA Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship standings before lifting the Winter Cup, saw off the challenge of Alex Lynn, Scott Malvern, Emil Bernstoff, Tom Blomqvist and Dino Zamperelli to claim the honour.

As well as a test with McLaren, Rowland wins £100,000, membership of the BRDC, Puma racewear for a year and a TW Steel watch.

“I don't know what to say,” Rowland said on collecting his award. “It's been a difficult year as I lost someone close to me in Martin Hines, but I came out strong in the end.

“If it wasn't for people like the Racing Steps Foundation and Richard Dutton and Fortec Motorsport then I wouldn't be stood up here and I have to thank them.”

Rowland, who joins names like Paul di Resta, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti and David Coulthard on the list of award winners, is the fourth successive Formula Renault racer to take the crown.

Other winners on the night included Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta, Jenson Button and Sebastien Loeb.



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