Bury St Edmunds racer to drive McLaren Formula One car after winning prestigious award

2013 Autosport Awards. Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Sunday 1st December 2013. Matt Parry - 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _89P7656
2013 Autosport Awards. Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. Sunday 1st December 2013. Matt Parry - 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Winner World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _89P7656

Bury St Edmunds’ Matt Parry has followed in the footsteps of 2009 Formula One world champion Jenson Button by winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC award and will test drive a McLaren Formula One car as part of his prize.

The teenager — who was victorious in this year’s Formula Renault Northern European Cup championship — was selected ahead of five other up and coming stars to receive the accolade.

He will also get £100,000 towards his motor racing career, full membership of the British racing Drivers’ Club and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet.

The award — which has also been won my multiple F1 grand prix winner David Coulthard — was lifted by Button in 1998 and he was picked to drive for the Williams F1 team less than two years later.

The Frome Flyer — who now drives for McLaren — won the world title with Brawn GP — now Mercedes — in 2009.

Full details of Parry’s award win in Friday’s Free Press.