New Rising Stars of the British Racing Drivers’ Club
As proud patrons of the BRDC Young Driver Program, we are pleased to announce the latest Rising Stars chosen by the BRDC for the 2020 season.
Autosport’s number 1 ranking British GT4 driver in 2019, Tom has taken years of focus and determination and turned it into huge success. Last year Tom won the British GT4 Championship in the TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage as well as the Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy. Not only did he finish top, but he broke the GT4 lap record at Donington. Tom’s been driving since he was eight and looks a certain star for the future.
James has had a brilliant few years on the track, winning the 2018 Ginetta Junior Winter Championship, and following it up with overall victory in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship in 2019. Having raced competitively since the age of 10, James has earned his right to be a future star, with each year building on the last.
Selected to be the Porsche GB Junior driver for the 2020-21 season in the Porsche Carrera Cup, Harry has been racing competitively since 2015. In 2019 he went on to win the Miller Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, recording nine fastest laps on the way, with the highest win percentage in the GT4 SuperCup’s history – an impressive 11 wins from 23 races.
Mentored by Bentley ambassador and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith, Scott had been working hard for the last 3 years, striving towards the year just gone. BRDC welcomes Scott to the rising stars program on the back of a championship-winning campaign in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, with 11 podiums, six race wins, four pole positions, and ultimately, one championship.
Like many others, Josh moved through the ranks of racing, starting with Karting. In 2014, Josh won the X30 Junior Karting World Championship – having attended his first meet at just 11 days old! Since then, Josh has found some real momentum, in 2018 becoming the Formula Ford Festival Champion, a title held by greats such as Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Nick Tandy. Josh was also chosen to be part of the 2019 Mclaren Driver Development programme, racing in the British GT Championship with Tolman Motorsport in the 570S GT4.
Competing in the VLN Championship and Nurburgring 24 hours, Ben is no stranger to putting in the hours to get results. In 2017, Ben won the 24H Proto Series – European Championship – P2, and finished second in the British GT Championship – GT4 the following year. 2019 has seen him compete in the ADAC TOTAL 24h Nurburgring Race – Cup 5, where he finished a credible 3rd place.
Finishing 2019 as Rookie Cup Champion in the MINI CHALLENGE, Daniel was a standout newcomer at the championship last year, with nine podium finishes from 17 starts, which is some achievement. He’s recently set his sights on the MINI CHALLENGE title in 2020, a feat that seems more than achievable for a racer of his talent. 2020 looks to be a good year for Zelos, with his accomplishments from last year helping him ascend to the ranks of the BRDC Rising Stars.
A huge congratulations from everyone at Magnitude Finance – we’re excited to see what the future holds.