Alex Yoong has seen his name inscribed on the same award previously held by such motorsport greats as Alan Jones, Mark Webber, Jacques Villeneuve and Paul Tracy - the prestigious British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) Bruce McLaren Trophy.

The accolade is presented each year to the best commonwealth driver competing in international motor racing. It was Yoong's strong performance throughout the first campaign of A1GP that was recognised by the BRDC, and the Malaysian received the trophy from Vice-Chairman Martin Brundle during the 2006-07 season finale at Brands Hatch.

"Alex is a worthy recipient," Brundle said. "I congratulate him on his achievements last year and wish him all the best in the races here at Brands."

Yoong has four times triumphed in A1GP over the championship's first two seasons, including a dominant double at Brno towards the end of last year. He qualified in sixth place at Brands Hatch this weekend, with Malaysia currently sitting fifth in the nations' standings, the same position in which it finished in 2005-06.

1980 Formula 1 World Champion and five-time winner of the award Jones, also the seat holder for A1 Team Australia, joined in the celebrations and congratulated Yoong on his achievement. The trophy was originally presented to Bruce McLaren for finishing in second place in the 1965 Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport. After he passed away, Pat McLaren presented it to the BRDC to give to the best commonwealth driver of each year.

Previous winners also include A1GP aces past and present Tomas Scheckter (South Africa) and Jonny Reid (New Zealand).

Yoong began his racing career in Formula Asia more than ten years ago. Following two years spent in his 'local' championship, he moved to Europe to progress up the motorsport ladder, with stints in British Formula Renault and British F3. He graduated to Formula 3000 and on to Formula Nippon before making his breakthrough to Formula One with Minardi in 2001.

 

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