Matt Parry's debut season in Formula Renault has not only brought him to the brink of a potential title, but also earned a place among the six finalists for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

The Welshman heads into this weekend's Formula Renault Northern European Cup finale with a handy 75-point advantage over his nearest rival, but now with the added boost of knowing that he has made it through to the final stage of the Award, which has produced a glittering alumni since David Coulthard became the first recipient in 1989. The Scot was selected by Autosport magazine, and preceded a list of winners that now includes the likes of fellow F1 drivers Jenson Button and Paul di Resta, multiple Indycar champion Dario Franchitti and sportscar aces Oliver Gavin, Jonny Kane and Anthony Davidson.

While Coulthard was selected by a panel, the modern Award process will see Parry undergo two days of intense scrutiny at Silverstone - including panel interviews and fitness assements as well as driving F2, DTM and GT3 machinery - before the judging panel makes its decision.

He faces off against five rivals drawn from Formula Renault and the new F4 championship, with the winner of the Award - as well as £100,000, a McLaren F1 test, BRDC membership and an Arai crash helmet - due to be announced at December's Autosport Awards ceremony in London.

It is Parry's first appearance in the final six of the Award, having narrowly missed on selection following his InterSteps title success in 2012.

"I'm honoured to have been selected for the final stage of the Award," Parry confirmed, "I thought that, after the season I have enjoyed with Fortec in Europe this year, I might have a chance of making the final six, but this is only the beginning. The hard work starts now....

"Winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award not only looks good on your CV, but can open doors for you in the future, and I'm determined to go to Silverstone and give the assessment days everything I have."


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.