Harrison Scott Celebrates Bumper Year in Motorsport Career
– 2017 Euroformula Open Champion, McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Finalist and BRDC ‘The Graham Hill Trophy’ Recipient
21-year-old Harrison Scott is celebrating a bumper year in his motorsport career. The young Briton not only claimed the 2017 Euroformula Open crown, but was named as one of the four 2017 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award finalists for a second time and was the proud recipient of the British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘The Graham Hill Trophy’ at the members prestigious lunch event earlier this month.
BRDC Rising Star programme member Harrison, from Althorne in Essex, concluded a faultless Euroformula Open season at the Circuito de Jerez in November to bring his 2017 tally of qualifying poles to 11 and race victories to 12 out of 14. Harrison’s focus and determination to win in the European single-seater F3 series once again brought him to the attention of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award fans and judges who nominated him to become a 2017 finalist, his second such recognition since 2014.
Following the annual Autosport Awards dinner and ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House hotel ten days ago, Harrison attended the British Racing Drivers’ Club Annual Awards Lunch on 4th December 2017. Reflecting on a year in which three Members of the BRDC became FIA World Champions, there was plenty to celebrate at the prestigious event which was hosted and compered by Jake Humphrey at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
The ceremony was well attended by icons of British Motor Racing, including 2017 Formula 1™ World Champion Lewis Hamilton MBE, Martin Brundle, Derek Warwick, David Coulthard MBE and Dario Franchitti MBE. 2017 Euroformula Open Champion Harrison was honoured at the event with ‘The Graham Hill Trophy’ awarded ‘for the most meritorious performance by a British driver in single seater racing’, giving due praise to his season that saw him firmly establish himself as one to watch for the future.
Harrison Scott comments on 2017 – a year of milestones and achievements:
“2017 has been a year full of so many things to be proud of. Firstly, my becoming the Euroformula Open Champion; winning 12 from 14 races in my rookie year in Formula 3, was just fantastic! The pace we had in the RP Motorsport team collectively enabled us to bring home the strong results and from that we were able to build our confidence and wrap up the championship with two rounds remaining.
“My second big accomplishment was being nominated as one of the four finalists for this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Award. It was always something that I aspired to do when I started my single seater racing career and obviously to win it was my goal, but to be nominated is such an honour in itself. To be considered one of best British drivers at this time is fantastic and I gave it my best shot. It is obviously disappointing not to have won the Award, but to drive the F2, DTM and McLaren GT3 cars at Silverstone Circuit was such a great experience.
“Finally, collecting The Graham Hill Trophy for the most meritorious performance by a British driver in single seater racing caps off an amazing year. To be recognised by the BRDC is a huge honour and I am immensely proud to be a member of its Rising Stars programme. 2017 has been a huge year for me – I would like to thank my supporters, family, VCM Motorsport and the RP Motorsport Team with whom I won the 2017 Euroformula Open Championship. I have a lot to be proud about and am extremely excited to start 2018 and see what opportunities the new year brings. Merry Christmas, everyone!”