The process for selecting the best up-and-coming British motorsport talent has evolved a lot over the history of the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. Inaugural winner David Coulthard was simply chosen on the back of his fine Formula Ford performances in 1989, but the system is now rather more complex and analytical.
This year's judges - BRDC president Derek Warwick, double British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, former GT ace and Award winner Andrew Kirkaldy, McLaren head of vehicle engineering Mark Williams, leading commentator Ian Titchmarsh and yours truly - had access to a fantastic amount of data.
Here's how we worked towards the decision that will be announced at the AUTOSPORT Awards on Sunday.
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Kevin Turner is the editor of Autosport magazine, having previously been the editor of sister publication Motorsport News. He joined the magazine in 2006 after writing club race reports as a freelancer while studying history at the University of York. He has also covered international events for both the magazine and the website, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. Kevin covered the British Touring Car Championship from 2011 to '14 and has a keen interest in the historic racing scene. He lives in Fleet with his wife and two children.@KRT917 More features by Kevin Turner