Not only did 19-year old British teen Matt Parry win the Formula Renault NEC championship this year, he was presented with the 25th edition of the McLaren Autosport BRDC as a result, coming away with the Chris Bristow Trophy*,$163,800 cash prize and a Formula One test with McLaren that he hopes will put him on the same path as of F1 drivers David Coulthard (1989), Jenson Button (1999), and Paul DiResta (2005), as well as recently retired Indy 500 champ Dario Franchitti, who won the award in 1993.
The McLaren Autosport BRDC Award was founded in 1989 to "reward and recognize" young racing drivers from the United Kingdom.
Born in Cardiff. Wales January 14, 1994, began go-karting at the age of 5, finishing second in the 2006 Hoddesdon Kart Club Championship Minimax, and earned the Super 1 National Rotax Max Junior championship in 2010 before making his debut in single-seaters the following year driving for Fluid Motorpsport in theBritish Formula Ford Championship.
Despite finishing eighth with 18 points in 24 races, Parry decided to switch to the InterSteps championship for Fortec Motorsports in 2012, achieving 13 victories and a total of 21 podiums in 23 races, before coming back this season to win 5 races, and take 4 more podiums, and taking the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC title.
*Chris Bristow was a British Formula 1 driver killed during the Belgian Grand Prix in 1960.