BRDC F4 single-seater racer Sennan Fielding has been named the 2013 RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year.
Receiving £1,000 and a trophy at the MSA’s Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, Fielding’s prize, supported by the Racing Steps Foundation (RSF), is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) in Motor Sport programme, which forms part of the MSA Academy.
Chesterfield race-ace Fielding was one of five drivers short-listed for the award, who took part in a day-long assessment at iZone Driver Performance in the Silverstone Technology Park.
Activities included a variety of simulator challenges (including innovative ‘eye-tracker’ software), gym assessment, reaction test and psychometrics, before each was interviewed by the panel of judges which included Richard Burns’ World Rally Championship winning co-driver Richard Reid.
Fielding, who claimed his first win in single seaters at the F4 Winter Championship round at Brands Hatch on his way to third overall in the series said: “Becoming the RSF MSA Young Driver of the Year is an achievement that I’m really proud of.
“I didn’t really know what to expect of the shootout beforehand; it was a step into the unknown so I was pretty nervous, and throughout the event I gave my all but had no idea how I was faring.
“At the end of the day the anticipation built up and my heart started beating faster, then I was thrilled when my name was called as the winner.
“It’s great to end the year on a real high and it’s a massive confidence boost for the 2014 season.”
Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director, said: “Choosing one winner was a difficult and unenviable task, however Sennan’s attitude, application and presentation really shone through, and he acquitted himself equally well across a variety of tasks.
“He’s a worthy winner of this prestigious award.”