Seb Morris’ status as one of the UK’s most promising aspiring Formula One drivers has been further enhanced today, Thursday, 10th October, after being named one of six finalists for the 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.
Easily the most coveted prize in national motorsport, the prestigious accolade has been awarded to some of the biggest names in British motor racing since its inauguration in 1989, including 2009 FIA Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, multiple Grand Prix winner David Coulthard, current F1 racer Paul Di Resta and four-time IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti.
Marford 17-year-old Seb will be assessed alongside five other drivers from junior-level motorsport over a two-day period next month at Silverstone in Northamptonshire. In addition to the driving element, the six contenders will also face intense fitness trials, simulation tests and interviews from a panel of esteemed judges.
Alongside the huge kudos which goes with scooping the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, the prize package also includes £100,000 towards the winner’s racing budget for 2014, full membership of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and a coveted test drive with the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 Team.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have been named a McLaren Autosport finalist”, said the Ginetta Ambassador, “It’s a huge honour and a real acknowledgment, so many incredible drivers have won in the past and the prize of a Formula One test with McLaren is such an amazing opportunity.
“The competition will be tough, incredibly so, but I’ll be preparing hard for the assessment days and obviously going there to impress the judges and, hopefully, win. Whatever happens, just to be one of the final six is a great achievement and it’ll be a potentially career-changing experience.”
Seb’s nomination for the 25th staging of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award comes hot on the heels of his confirmation as BRDC Formula 4 Vice-Champion after a successful appeal hearing this week where his exclusion from a race win at Snetterton in September was overturned.
Originally claiming a superb race victory during round 20 of the season at the Norfolk track, officials called into question the eligibility of the gurney flap on the rear wing of his MSV F4-013 and initially excluded Seb from the results – which meant he ended the season third in the standings.
The Motor Sports Association’s national court, however, overturned the ruling this past Tuesday, 8th October, so Seb ends the inaugural F4 season second in the championship. He added: “I want to say a big thank you to Dan Chapman at Full Contact, my management team, and to the guys at Hillspeed for helping to get my win reinstated.”
The winner of the 25th McLaren Autosport BRDC Award will be announced on the evening of Sunday, 1st December, at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.
Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.