2014 F3 Cup Champion chosen as finalist for McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award

Last year's champion Toby Sowery has been chosen as one of six finalists for the 2015 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award.

2014 F3 Cup Champion Toby Sowery has been chosen as one of six finalists for this year's McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award.

The prestigious award was first presented in 1989, and is recognised as one of the highest accolades available to young, British racing drivers with the winner announced at the annual Autosport Awards in London in early December. Past winners include David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Jenson Button and Paul di Resta.

After claiming the F3 Cup title in 2014, Sowery went on to win the MRF Challenge over the 2014/15 winter season, and has made appearances this year in MSA Formula taking two podiums despite two team-switches.

The nominees will take part in fitness assessments at Porsche and simulator time at Base Performance Simulators, before a two day test on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit. The drivers will be asked to demonstrate their skills in machinery ranging from a DTM Mercedes-Benz to a McLaren GT3, plus a Formula 2 car. The ultimate prize includes a McLaren F1 test, £100,000 cash, full BRDC membership and an Arai GP-6 RC carbon crash helmet.

The other finalists include 2015 BRDC F4 Champion Will Palmer, 2013 BRDC F4 Champion Jake Hughes, Formula Renault Eurocup title challengers Ben Barnicoat and Jack Aitken, and MSA Formula driver Ricky Collard. The judging panel, chaired by BRDC President Derek Warwick, includes Jason Plato, McLaren's Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams and leading commentator Ian Titchmarsh.

Warwick told AUTOSPORT: "We've got a really strong year in terms of three experienced drivers and three new guys who I think will push them to the max.

"I'm impressed every year with the commitment from our partners. It's great we've got the F2 cars again, because everything is equal. Jonathan Neale and McLaren have shown amazing loyalty over time with the Formula 1 test and the GT car. The same goes for Mercedes with the DTM.

"All six drivers go to Porsche for fitness tests which we view as a fundamental part of every driver's DNA. The simulator work with Base is important because they drive on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit and familiarise themselves with the F2 car, and a blind circuit so we see how they react to something new."