Matthew Parry has again been earmarked as rising talent ahead of his maiden single-seater season, this time by respected UK magazine Motorsport News.

The publication, which covers motorsport from F1 to the grassroots in karting, compiles an annual list of talents to watch in the year ahead and, in the past, has tabbed reigning FRenault champion Tom Blomqvist and Formula Palmer Audi titlewinner Nigel Moore among its tips. This year, despite featuring drivers with more car racing experience than Parry, MN put the 16-year old Junior Max karting graduate at the top of the pile.

"Parry shone in British karting last year and has accrued one of the best records in the sport prior to his switch to cars," the magazine's evaluation of the 2009 Formula Kart Stars champion read, "He has shown glimpses of brilliance during his few testing miles with the Fluid Van Diemen squad... and is currently in talks with an F1 team about being signed up to a driver development programme.

"Parry will slot in well in British Formula Ford, but it will be a big test for him. With Fluid's resources as a manufacturer team, Parry has the ability to build the car around his style. Van Diemen showed that it is returning to form with victory in last year's Formula Ford Festival, so Parry could be joining at just the right time."

While agreeing that the year ahead will be spent on a steep learning curve, Parry insists that his ranking in the Fast 50 only service as a morale booster.

"It's a great honour to have been recognised in such a way by Motorsport News," he admitted, "Being listed as number one among the 50 drivers they think will make an impact in 2011 is a nice way to put a seal on my karting career and is definitely a confidence boost heading into my first year of car racing.

"I don't think that it creates any extra pressure knowing that I'm being tipped by one of the biggest motorsport publications in the country, but I certainly hope to be able to live up to their expectations."


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.