Former F1 racer and current A1 Team Malaysia driver Alex Yoong has been announced as the 2006 winner of the British Racing Drivers' Club Bruce McLaren Trophy.

The accolade is awarded each year to a driver residing in the Commonwealth who has established the most meritorious performances in international motor racing, with Yoong's strong performance in the inaugural season of the A1GP series being recognised by the BRDC.

Yoong joins an impressive roster of previous award winners including Mark Webber, Jacques Villeneuve, Paul Tracy and current A1GP rivals Tomas Scheckter and Jonny Reid.

The significance of the trophy is increased by the recent announcement, during the A1GP event in New Zealand, of a motion picture to commemorate the life of Bruce McLaren, with plans being outlined for the movie about the only driver to have won Formula 1 World Championship races, the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Indianapolis 500, CanAm and Tasman championships.

"I'm very proud to have been awarded this trophy and to join so many great names in being a recipient; it's a huge honour for me," said Yoong, who will receive the trophy later this year. "Last year was a very exciting year for me, with the birth of A1GP World Cup of Motorsport giving me a unique opportunity to return to international racing.

"I'm delighted that my achievements have been recognised and I must thank everyone at A1 Team Malaysia for all their hard work, as they have certainly contributed to my success and have played a key role in my winning this trophy."

 

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