Ginetta Junior graduate, Will Palmer, has been announced as the winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award (MABA) and British Club Driver of the Year at yesterday evening’s end-of-season Autosport Awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House in London,
The 18-year-old was selected as the winner by a panel of judges consisting of motorsport industry experts and claims the prize package which includes a cash sum of £100,000 and an invitation to test a McLaren Grand Prix car.
The MABA was established in 1989 to help progress the careers of outstanding young British racing drivers, with previous winners including David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson and Dario Franchitti
Other nominees for the British Club Driver of the Year included 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup champion, Tom Oliphant and another Ginetta Junior alumni, Lando Norris.
Palmer said: “It's absolutely unbelievable. Every year I've seen the six finalists on stage and dreaming of one day taking part, it's an amazing opportunity. Now that I'm here as the winner, it's absolutely unbelievable. It's absolutely massive for my career."
BRDC President Derek Warwick added: “Will took our breath away. He impressed all of us.”