BRDC British F3 runner-up Johnathan Hoggard has been named as the winner of the 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award, at Sunday evening’s (8 December) Autosport Awards in London.
In front of hundreds of motorsport’s biggest names at the glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Hoggard added his name to an esteemed list of previous winners that includes David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Anthony Davidson, Jenson Button, George Russell, Lando Norris and last year’s winner Tom Gamble.
Hoggard thus receives an F1 test with the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team, a prize of £200,000, a run in an Aston Martin GTE World Endurance Championship car, full BRDC membership, and an Arai helmet.
The 19-year-old, who claimed seven race wins with Fortec Motorsports in BRDC British F3 in 2019, underwent two days of assessments at Silverstone, which included multiple runs in MSV F2, Ligier LMP3, and Garage 59-run Aston Martin Vantage GT3 machinery, alongside fellow finalists Ayrton Simmons, Enaam Ahmed and Jamie Chadwick. Each finalist also underwent assessments at Red Bull Racing.
A panel of expert judges including BRDC Vice-President Derek Warwick, Darren Turner, Andrew Kirkaldy, Alexander Sims, Jason Plato, Lola and McLaren designer Mark Williams, Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade, leading commentator Ian Titchmarsh and Autosport editor Kevin Turner were present at the Silverstone assessments, and selected Hoggard as this year’s winner.
Hoggard said: "I'm over the moon! I'm lost for words. I've been waiting for over a month for this and it's been agonising.
"I'm thankful for everyone who's helped along the way, family, sponsors, judges and the organisers.
"I knew it was very tough competition and it's amazing [to have won]."
Hoggard is the second Fortec British F3 driver in two years to clinch one of motorsports most prestigious prizes, and adds the accolade to his Sunoco Whelen Challenge award, which will see him race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.
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