Alex Harmer named Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is pleased to announce that Motor Sport Magazine’s Alex Harmer has been named the Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist of the Year 2013.

Established in 2002 in association with Renault UK, the award is designed to recognise the most promising journalists aged 25 or under working within British motor sport.

Harmer, now aged 26 from Gloucestershire, joined Motor Sport on an internship in 2012 and was subsequently offered a full-time position at the title. He now shares responsibility for the magazine’s website and also contributes to the printed product. His award entry comprised web and print articles including news, features and interviews.

Harmer said: “I feel honoured and very proud to be recognised with the Renault MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist of the Year award. The learning curve in this business is pretty steep and it’s only recently that I’ve had time to think about what kind of job I’ve been doing. This award tells me that I’m on the right track and will help to keep me motivated to do even better in the future.

“I’d like to thank my parents for their unwavering support, and also Damien Smith and Ed Foster at Motor Sport for taking a chance on me in the first place and creating the perfect environment in which to develop as a journalist.”

Harmer will collect a trophy and a cheque for £1000 at the MSA’s Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club in London on 18 January 2014. He also receives a year’s free associate membership of the Guild of Motoring Writers (GoMW), an association of automotive editorial professionals.

Autosport journalist Scott Mitchell, aged 21 from Kent, was judged Highly Commended for his selection of news and race reports. He also receives associate membership of the GoMW.

Previous winners:2012: Jason Craig, Coleraine Chronicle2011: Dan McCalla, Motorsport News2010: Rob Ladbrook, Motorsport News2009: Ben Anderson, Autosport 2008: Ed Foster, Motor Sport2007: Steven English, Autosport2006: Kevin Turner, Autosport2005: Glenn Freeman, Motorsport News2004: Gemma Briggs, Racecar/Haymarket2003: Tim Redmayne, Motorsport News2002: Will Gray, Collings Sport