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Contenders complete evaluation tests

The six drivers in contention for this year's McLaren Autosport BRDC Award have completed their evaluation tests at Snetterton this week.

Duncan Tappy, Dean Smith, Nick Tandy, Callum MacLeod, Henry Arundel and Stefan Wilson were all assessed behind the wheel of a World Series by Renault car, a DTM Mercedes and a Porsche Carrera Cup car.

Each driver covered 50 laps in the single seater, 26 laps in the Mercedes, and 52 laps in the Porsche.

The drivers were judged by the panel comprising of Martin Brundle, former award winner and current BTCC star Darren Turner, Autosport's National Editor-at-Large Marcus Pye, and McLaren's head of engineering Steve Hallam.

Former World Series champions Comtec Racing ran the 3.5 litre Renault with race winner James Walker on hand to offer advice, while former award winner and DTM top rookie Paul di Resta accompanied his Persson Motorsport team to the test.

Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion James Sutton joined Parr Motorsport and Team Parker Racing to help with the Porsches.

The six candidates will go to the McLaren Technology Centre for formal interviews with the judging panel in two weeks, and the winner of the award will be announced at the Autosport Awards on December 2, at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London's Park Lane.

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