09 February 2010

Ben motors off with top award

Ben Anderson receives his award from Tim Jackson

University of Sheffield alumnus Ben Anderson has won the 2009 Motor Sports Association Young Motorsport Journalist of the Year award.

Ben defeated a host of young talent to take the prize, which is sponsored by French car manufacturer Renault and awarded each year to the most promising motorsport journalist under the age of 25 by the MSA’s panel of judges.

Ben attended a star-studded awards ceremony on January 22, rubbing shoulders with the world of Formula 1 at the Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall.

Ben, 25, was invited to the Motor Sports Association’s Night of Champions event – attended by every British motor sport champion from 2009 – to receive the MSA Young Motor Sport Journalist of the Year award and a cheque for £1000.

He shared the stage with Guest of Honour, Ross Brawn – Team Principal of Brawn GP (now Mercedes GP) – who received the Sir Malcolm Campbell Memorial Trophy in honour of his team’s achievement in winning the Formula 1 World Championship with Jenson Button last year.

Button himself would have received the Hawthorn trophy for his exploits in 2009, but pre-season commitments prevented him attending, although he was able to send a video message of thanks to the assembled guests.

Ben graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2007 with a first in Journalism Studies. He was one of only six students to graduate with a first that year. He then went to work on the award-winning Surrey Mirror.

After six months at the paper he successfully applied to become the deputy national editor at Autosport magazine; he has since covered the British motor racing scene extensively and has become the magazine’s resident track tester and racer.

Ben said: “Winning this award means a lot to me. I’ve worked long and hard during my short career thus far and this prize is a great reward for that effort.

“The £1000 will go a long way towards funding my 2010 racing campaign in Formula Vee, so I’m very thankful to the MSA and to Renault for choosing me as the Young Journalist of the Year.”