Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year nomination for South Luffenham's Formula 4 driver Teddy Wilson
Teenage Formula 4 driver Teddy Wilson has been shortlisted for a career-defining award.
The South Luffenham race ace is in contention for the highly-prestigious Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award.
The winner will receive a test drive in an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1TM car at Silverstone as well as a run in an FIA World Endurance Championship Aston Martin Vantage GTE challenger while the award also has an overall £200,000 prize fund.
However, the 17-year-old's chances of selection could be weakened unless he can find more sponsors and partners to help him finish his season in the F4 US Championship.
The former New College Stamford student commented: "I was astonished but thrilled to see the announcement that I had been shortlisted. I really had no idea.
"It is the biggest opportunity for any young aspiring racing driver and I am excited to be in with a chance of selection for the shootout.
"However, right now, my chances of finishing my season in the F4 US Championship are in jeopardy, despite having started well and won the opening race.
"I still can’t find the additional support or sponsors to enable me to commit to the full season.
"This could have a detrimental effect as the four finalists will be nominated by Autosport readers so my on-going performance is all important."
The award winner will come from four finalists who are put through a stringent examination, including fitness and simulator assessments at the Red Bull Racing headquarters and culminating in a two-day shoot-out at Silverstone.
The winner will be decided by a select panel of judges, headed by 1992 World Sportscar champion, BRDC vice-president and chairman of the judges Derek Warwick.
Past winners of the award, now in its 31st year, include Jenson Button and David Coulthard.
Wilson, who attends Loughborough College, is currently fifth in the 2019 F4 US Championship standings after round two.
He is hoping to secure the scholarship for F3 Americas that rewards the winner as the prize fund could significantly aid the continuation of his racing career, due to the high costs involved.
Wilson added: "My racing offers an exciting opportunity for companies or individuals to get involved at grass roots level and be part of a thrilling journey up the motorsport ladder as I strive for success."
The third round takes place at Virginia International Race Complex from July 26-28, but Wilson still needs more funding to attend and has launched his 'Go Racing With Teddy' simulator opportunity for businesses large and small.
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