Teenage Wisbech racer scoops massive national prize

George Russell at the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Awards night.
George Russell at the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Awards night.
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Wisbech-based George Russell has followed in the footsteps of Jensen Button and David Coulthard by collecting a major motor sports award and a £100,0000 prize at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel last night (December 7).

Russell (16) won the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award for the sport’s rising star for claiming the Formula 4 Championship in his first season out of karts. Button and Coulthard are among previous winners of the prestigious award who went on to have success at Formula One level.

Russell won £100,000, a McLaren F1 test, full British Racing Drivers’ Club membership and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet. He’s the youngest ever winner of the prestigious award and beat off tough competition from five older racers.

“It’s been a long wait since the shoot-out at Silverstone,” acknowledged Russell. “I have so many people to thank. So many amazing drivers have won this award in the past and gone on to achieve some fantastic things – hopefully I can do the same.”

World champion Lewis Hamilton picked up the International Driver of the Year prize.