Phenomenal year ends with another award

Bristol’s Lando Norris has been recognised by readers of one of the world’s leading motorsport magazine, as well as arguably the most exclusive club in motor racing, for what has been a phenomenally successful year.

Having collected Autosport’s ‘National Driver of the Year’ award last week, the 18-year-old British teenager was given two accolades by the British Racing Drivers’ Club in London.

At the London Hilton on Park Lane, the BRDC honoured Norris with the Spencer Charrington Trophy – for the highest-placed British driver in the FIA Euro F3 series – and The Richard Seaman Trophy – for the best placed BRDC member in the Gold Star points standings outside Formula One.

Those awards came after ex-Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan presented Norris with the Paul Warwick Memorial Trophy at the annual Autosport Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The BRDC SuperStar, who becomes McLaren’s Formula One test and reserve driver for 2018, went on to collect his FIA Formula Three European Championship silverware at the FIA Champions press conference at the Hotel InterContinental Le Grand in Paris on Friday.

“Getting these awards is the icing on the cake to what has been another amazing year for me,” said Norris.

“It means a lot that readers of Autosport took the trouble to vote for me and recognised my achievements. I only had one event in the UK this year but winning that opening race at Silverstone in April was the perfect start to my rookie Euro F3 season.

“Next year at Silverstone, I will race on the British Grand Prix programme for Carlin in F2 so hopefully I can put on another good show for my British fans. Maybe I’ll be in the McLaren for a practice session in my role as the team’s official test driver which would be absolutely awesome in front of my home crowd. And I’m honoured to have raced this year with the BRDC logo on my car.”

Norris’ next competitive on-track event is the Roar Before the 24 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida over the weekend of January 6-8. He will acclimatise to the Ligier JS P217 sports-prototype in the three-day test in preparation for his maiden Rolex 24 At Daytona race when he shares the #32 United Autosports entry with double former world F1 champion Fernando Alonso and fellow Englishman Phil Hanson.

This article first appeared in the Independent. To get the latest articles when they appear, buy the print edition every Sunday or subscribe to our online edition HERE.