Co. Tyrone racing driver named British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’ 6 years ago

Co. Tyrone racing driver named British Racing Drivers’ Club ‘Rising Star’

Nineteen-year-old Andrew Watson, from Co. Tyrone, has been invited to join the prestigious British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star Scheme.

It’s fantastic news for the young driver and for racing in Northern Ireland in general, as the BRDC Rising Star scheme acknowledges exceptional young talent amongst British and Commonwealth drivers under the age of 24, across all four-wheel racing disciplines. Watson (pictured below) will now be following on in the footsteps of previous BRDC Rising Star and former F1 champion, Lewis Hamilton.


Scouted by the BRDC from trackside, Rising Stars are invited to sport the unique ‘blue roundel’ (pictured below), symbolising their association with the highly respected organisation.


Watson, who races in the Ginetta GT SuperCup, is originally from County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, but he now lives in Dublin as he is studying Economics and Sociology at Trinity College. The Co. Tyrone man hopes to complete his degree and go on to continue to pursue a career in professional racing driving, which shouldn’t be hard considering his impressive performances to date.

Speaking about his latest achievement, Watson said: “It is a huge privilege to be invited to join the BRDC Rising Star scheme. The scheme commands a lot of respect and it is a huge compliment that the BRDC has taken interest in my career.

“I am looking forward to exploring the opportunities that this scheme newly awards me. I'm now in a club with only the best drivers in the world and we want to show everyone we belong there”.