British GT4 Champion Will Tregurtha was named the iZone MSA Young Driver of the Year 2017 after a four-way shootout at Silverstone and will receive his trophy at the MSA Night of Champions in January.
The accolade is awarded each year to a member of the MSA Academy’s AASE programme, a three-year course delivered in conjunction with Loughborough College. This year’s finalists were:
Angus Fender, 17 from Bath
Max Marzorati, 17 from Harrow
Dan Seager, 17 from Loughborough
Will Tregurtha, 17 from Milton Keynes.
The shootout took place at the iZone Driver Performance Centre. It consisted of seven sessions including physical and mental assessments, a simulation evaluation and interviews with the judging panel. The judges were: Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive; Jack Benyon, Autosport; James Wozencroft, MSA Coach; Anna Kemp, Loughborough College; and iZone’s Neil Riddiford.
Tregurtha scored highly in all the assessments to earn the judges’ unanimous endorsement and win a winter training package worth over £1000, courtesy of iZone. He will also the MSA’s annual prize-giving ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club on 27 January.
Tregurtha said: “It was an incredible day and I need to say a massive thank you to the MSA Academy and to iZone for the prize. I have learned a lot; the competition was great and it will set me in good stead for the future.”
This year Tregurtha won the British GT4 Championship alongside teammate Stuart Middleton, becoming the youngest-ever driver pairing to win a British GT title. Tregurtha plans to race in the European GT4 Championship next year alongside Middleton.