Archie Hamilton, 21, Hampshire, received his award for finishing third in the International GT Open in Monaco at the weekend. The International GT Open and European F3 Open Awards Ceremony was held at the prestigious Hotel Hermitage, Monte Carlo on Saturday night.

Archie received his award from Jesús Pareja, founder and CEO of GT Sport, the promotor of International GT Open. Mr Pareja was himself a successful sportscar racer, winning several major endurance events and finishing second overall at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1986.

Archie’s plans for next season are underway with details expected to be announced early in the new year. 2013 is the 60th anniversary of his grandfather, Duncan Hamilton, winning the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Archie Hamilton:
“Receiving my award in a setting like this really brought home what a great season 2012 was. Being on a stage with the likes of Gimmi Bruni, Nick Tandy and Marco Holzer made me realise what a big jump we made. We set out to have a learning year and I worked exceptionally hard on my driving and fitness. In fact I recently broke the Grid Fit record at iZone, knocking Moto GP rider Bradley Smith off the top spot. It was really great to hear the Porsche assessor saying that he’d never seen such a fit driver. Changing to international sportscar racing and working with iZone gave me what I needed to progress. I feel a completely different driver to a year ago and can’t wait to continue improving in 2013. It is a big year for my family with it being my grandfather’s Le Mans anniversary and I want to make it a big year for me too so that I can dedicate it to him.