Welshman Matt Parry became the 25th winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, capping a successful season that saw him crowned as Formula Renault NEC champion in his first international single-seater campaign.

The 19-year old, who dominated the NEC with Fortec Motorsport, received the accolade at the annual Autosport Awards ceremony in the heart of London, following several days of on-track assessment at Silverstone and interviews at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking.

As well as winning ?100,000, full membership of the British Racing Drivers' Club and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet, Parry will also get a full F1 test at the wheel of a McLaren at some point in the future.

This year's driving assessment was conducted in Mercedes DTM, McLaren GT and F2 machinery, with each of the six contenders having exclusive use of one of the single-seaters as their abilities were given a thorough examination over the course of two days.

Parry, who also had to undergo physical and mental challenges as part of the assessment, saw off FRenault NEC team-mate and runner-up Jack Aitken, inaugural F4 champion Jake Hughes and FRenault BARC titlewinner Chris Middlehurst, as well as fellow Welshman Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson to claim his latest honour, which was presented in front of the great and good of international motorsport by McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale, BRDC president Derek Warwick and Autosport publishing director Peter Higham.

The Welshman, who expects to remain with Fortec to tackle next year's FRenault Eurocup, joins the likes of David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Paul di Resta and Jenson Button on the list of Award winners.



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