YRDA amongst 2021 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award

September 22, 2021

Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine

The Award, which started in 1989, aims to find and assist the best junior British racing drivers. There was a hiatus last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Award is returning in its familiar format.

Aston Martin joined the Award in 2019 and the prize for this year’s winner includes £200,000.

Finalists have to be primarily competing in a category below FIA Formula 3 or be an FIA F3 rookie, and be 16 years old by the time of the Award tests at Silverstone in October. They must also be under 24 at the start of the relevant year.

As always the Young Racing Driver Academy is producing the finest of motoring talent and in 2021 the YRDA is very proud to announce that two of its current and alumni talent have been shortlisted for the award. 

Both Alex Quinn (current) and Ayrton Simmons (alumni) have come up through the ranks working closely with the YRDA and Arden team to optimise their career and now find themselves with this incredible opportunity at hand. 

Alex Quinn (20) is now Ardens lead driver competing in the Formula Regional Championship by Alpine and after his rookie championship success in 2020 is looking to go better in 2021 with his Arden team. There is no surprise as to why Quinn has been selected for the award following his incredible adaptation to the car in 2020 after a last minute call up and his fast start in 2021 putting him in contention for a strong championship result. 

Ayrton Simmons, former Arden driver is also amongst the competition for the award and currently sits 2nd in the 2021 GB3 championship. Having worked hard for his full-time return to the championship, Ayrton has proved his worth after claiming the opening round and holding ground in the championship despite the obstacles he has faced. 

The YRDA wishes the best to both and is honoured to have two talents in the running. Always pushing the boundaries is something the academy has always done and aims to always do.