Rising 250 GP star Chaz Davies has been announced as the only motorsport nominee for the prestigious BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award.

2003 saw the 16-year-old make his debut in the quarter-litre class, having entered the 125cc world championship the previous season.

The Aprilia Germany rider, a contributor to Crash.net through his 'Chaz checks in' column, took a best result of ninth on the way to an impressive fourteenth in the championship standings - despite racing against superior factory machinery and having the 'distraction' of GCSE exams.

The following information accompanies his nomination: "Welsh schoolboy Chaz was one of the youngest-ever competitors in this year's 250cc GP World Championship, where he finished 14th overall. The step up to the 250cc class confirms the remarkable progress made by Davies. He became the youngest ever Grand Prix entrant in 2002 and the youngest ever winner of a British Championship race in 2001."

The Young Sports Personality of the Year tribute, now in its third year, is an extension of the BBC's original Sports Personality of the Year award, which recognises the efforts of British sportsmen and women and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The two previous winners of the 'Young' award are Everton and England football hero Wayne Rooney (2002) and running star Amy Spencer (2001). The ten nominees for this year's award, including Chaz, are:

Thomas "TJ" Baldwin 13 (Skiing)Wade Bennett-Jackson 16 (Athletics)Chaz Davies 16 (Motor cycling)Joey Duck 14 (Athletics)Kate Hayward 16 (Swimming)Elliot Hilton 14 (Ice skating)Andrew Murray 16 (Tennis)Emily Pidgeon 14 (Athletics)Natalie Pritchard 13 (Squash)Stacey Tadd 14 (Swimming)

A shortlist of three will be announced on the BBC's Blue Peter programme on Monday 8 December.

Meanwhile, reigning World Superbike Champion - and future D'Antin Ducati rider - Neil Hodgson is a candidate for the Sports Personality Award. Hodgson is facing competition from the likes of David Beckham (Football) and Jonny Wilkinson (Rugby).

 

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