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AUTOSPORT Awards 2013: Matt Parry wins McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award

Formula Renault NEC champion Matt Parry won a Formula 1 test with McLaren after being named the 25th winner of the McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award

AUTOSPORT Awards 2013: Matt Parry wins McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award

Parry, who also gets £100,000, full membership of the British Racing Drivers' Club, and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet, was revealed as the winner at the 2013 AUTOSPORT Awards in London on Sunday night.

The 19-year-old Briton was presented with the Award by McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale, BRDC president Derek Warwick and AUTOSPORT publishing director Peter Higham.

How the Award winner is chosen

"It's fantastic," Parry said. "Absolutely amazing - I don't know what to say.

"I feel I did the best I could [in the shootout] and obviously the last couple of months I've been thinking about what I can do better, and I just thought I couldn't have.

"It's massive. From here we're hoping to do Formula Renault Eurocup with Fortec again, they've been fantastic for me."

Parry beat Formula Renault NEC runner-up Jack Aitken, BRDC Formula 4 champion Jake Hughes and his rivals Seb Morris and Charlie Robertson, and Formula Renault BARC champion Chris Middlehurst to the prize.

The six drivers were put through a rigorous two-day test which included driving a Formula 2 machine, a DTM Mercedes and a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 at Silverstone last month.

Former recipients of the award include 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button, nine-time grand prix winner David Coulthard and three-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti.

Parry in AUTOSPORT's Stars of Tomorrow - May 2013

Parry, a member of Caterham Racing Academy and the 2012 Intersteps champion, stormed to this year's FRenault NEC title with Fortec Motorsport.

He took a double pole for the first round of the season at Hockenheim, and then claimed a clean sweep of victories in the next two rounds at the Nurburgring and Silverstone.

Parry won again at Spa and took his ninth podium of the campaign at Assen, beating fellow finalist Aitken to the title by 59 points.

He also made selected appearances in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault ALPS, in which he claimed a podium at the first attempt at Imola.

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