Zak O’Sullivan shortlisted for Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year
Zak O’Sullivan of Gloucestershire was shortlisted for the Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year award after an outstanding 2021 season in the GB3 Championship.
It was announced earlier this month that the 16-year-old had been included in the long list of 10 for the prize, which was launched in 1989 with the aim of finding and helping the best British junior drivers.
Now the judges have narrowed the list down to the bottom four and have chosen GB3-elect champion alongside Euroformula Open driver Louis Foster, Red Bull Junior driver Jonny Edgar and GB3 rival Oliver Bearman.
They will put O’Sullivan’s skills to the test in a range of machines around Silverstone, including Formula 2 MotorSport Vision cars, a BBM Sport Ginetta LMP3 sports car and an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Previous award winners include current British Formula 1 stars George Russell and Lando Norris, as well as 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button.
“I thought it would be difficult to make the last four of this award, so I’m honored to have been chosen,” said O’Sullivan, who has raced for the famous Carlin series feeder team over the past two. years of his single-seater career.
“I’m really looking forward to testing my skills in a really exciting lineup of cars and comparing myself to the other finalists.”
The jury includes BRDC vice chairman and F1 driver steward Derek Warwick, two-time British touring champion Jason Plato and previous winners Darren Turner, Andrew Kirkaldy and Alexander Sims.
They will be responsible for choosing the winner, which will be announced at the Autosport Awards on December 19.