McLaren Autosport BRDC Award: Anthony Davidson

Anthony Davidson has given a massive boost to his chances of joining the Grand Prix elite by winning the 2000 McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver Award

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award: Anthony Davidson

Davidson beat fellow single-seater stars, Ryan Dalziel, Matthew Gilmore, Derek Hayes, Robbie Kerr and Mark Taylor to the prize. He will receive a test in a McLaren Formula 1 car, a cheque for £50,000 and the prestige and benefits of BRDC membership.

All six drivers were assessed over two days around the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit in the very latest single-seater and saloon machinery. Topped by a Formula 3 Dallara-Mugen, the candidates also got to strut their stuff in a BTCC Vauxhall Vectra Super Tourer and the Safety Car from this year's DTM series, the awesome AMG Mercedes CLK 55.

"It means so much to me to get this award," said Davidson. "It's a great highlight of my career."

When asked about his Big Brother star brother, Andy, he said: "Andy...Everyone always asks me about Andy. He's actually been my mechanic since I was eight.

"I've signed for Carlin Motorsport to do British F3 next year, which is one of the best teams around. Hopefully it'll be another year like this one."

Davidson becomes the 12th winner of this prestigious award. He follows in the illustrious footsteps of previous winners David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Dario Franchitti and last year's winner Gary Paffett, who went on to dominate the £125,000 British Formula 3 Scholarship title this season.

For a full list of sponsors for the 2000 Autosport Awards, please click here.

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