Ben crowns great debut season with Young Driver gong

Ben Tuck. PNL-151028-163737002
Ben Tuck. PNL-151028-163737002

Racer Ben Tuck has crowned a superb season by being named the Racing Steps Foundation Motor Sports Association Young Driver of the Year.

The award comes after his debut full season in which the Sandy driver finished third in the final standings of the BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Championship.

Showing consistency and maturity he finished all 19 races and was never outside the top nine with 14 top five finishes, two wins, six podiums and two fastest laps.

He also competed as a guest in an international MX-5 race at Spa, where he claimed overall pole position but started at the back of the grid along with the other guest entrants. In the race he came from 36th position to finish fifth overall taking the class win and claiming the fastest Mazda MX-5 lap of the weekend.

Nominees for the award were put through their paces in a rigorous evaluation review at Silverstone in early December. During the appraisal they were assessed on their driving performance in several simulators including the latest FIA Formula 4 car.

They were also measured on their mental, cognitive and focus skills and were required to give presentations and undergo an interview. At the end of the evaluation Ben emerged as the clear winner.

The award was presented by chief executive of WorldSport Management and director of the RSF Driver Development Programme, Derek Walters and MSA performance director, Robert Reid.

In 2016 Ben plans to compete in the BRSCC Caterham Supersport Championship.