As well as racing in junior formulae, Joseph Loake is also a successful F1 game and iRacing driver. Now, he has won the prestigious BRDC award for up-and-coming drivers.
Every year since 1989, the British Racing Drivers Club have awarded a prize to the most promising British young driver. Dubbed the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award (previously the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award until 2018), many well known drivers are alumni.
13-time GP winner David Coulthard, triple Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, 2014 WEC champion Anthony Davidson and 2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button are just some of the most prominent winners. Then in recent years, current F1 drivers George Russell and Lando Norris have also won the award.
With that illustrious list, it should amplify the belief that this young racer is the next big thing in British motorsport. Additionally in Loake’s case, he is also very successful in the sim racing esports scene!
Who is Joseph Loake?
Joseph Loake is a name you may have heard if you follow top level F1 game league racing. Having raced in the likes of top tier PSGL and WOR championships, he has competed against and even beaten some the most well known names in league racing, like Thomas Ronhaar or Jarno Opmeer.
But he is more known for his escapades in real world junior single seaters. He took seven victories across two seasons of British F4 (where the likes of Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri began their open wheel careers). He moved up to GB3 for this year, where he converted pole to victory on his debut.
Ending the season third in the final standings, he had done enough to impress the judges of the Autosport BRDC Award. Subsequently, he was nominated alongside GB3 champion Callum Voisin, Italian F4 third place finisher Arvid Lindblad and FIA Formula 3 race winner Taylor Barnard.
The Ultimate Prize
Loake and his fellow nominees were evaluated by a panel of experts after driving three types of cars. They each drove an Aston Martin GT3 car ran by Beechdean Motorsport, a Ligier LMP3 from United Autosports and a MotorSport Vision Formula Two car. All of them also went through a fitness test and spent time driving in the Mercedes F1 simulator.
With this award, Loake has earned £200,000 to put towards his next racing program. But that is not even the best part. Loake will also get to drive a Formula One car next year, just like last year’s winner Luke Browning who ran some laps at Silverstone with Loake and the other three nominees watching.
As we have already seen with the previous winners, the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award could potentially be the precursor to Loake’s ascendance towards Formula One in the coming years. But we will not forget how rapid he is against drivers who are now in the F1 Sim Racing World Championship.
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