Callum MacLeodTeam West-Tec’s Callum Macleod has been selected as a finalist for the 2009 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award following his exceptional performances in F3 this season.

Callum will be one of six select finalists who will go to Silverstone next month to be assessed in a variety of single-seater and tin-top machinery by an expert judging panel that includes 1996 Formula 1 World Champion Damon Hill, ex-F1 racer Anthony Davidson, McLaren’s head of vehicle engineering Mark Williams, DTM star Jamie Green, veteran commentator Ian Titchmarsh and Autosport’s Marcus Pye and Kevin Turner.

There will also be a fitness test at Porsche’s Human Performance Centre, based at Silverstone.

The winner, who will be revealed at the Autosport Awards in London on Sunday December 6th, will be awarded £50,000, a McLaren F1 test drive, full BRDC membership, and Puma racewear for a year.

Former winners of the award include current world championship leader Jenson Button, 13-time grand prix winner David Coulthard, Davidson, Green, and IndyCar star Dario Franchitti.

John Miller, West-Tec Co-Team Principal: We are enormously pleased that Callum has been chosen as a finalist for this most prestigious of young driver awards.

He has worked immensely hard this year and has also shown tremendous talent in the F3 car, taking five wins in the Copa class as well as recording an overall podium and an outright pole position.

The whole team will be rooting for him and hoping that he can go all the way.