11th January 2019
This week saw Kiern Jewiss attend the 2019 Autosport International Show at the NEC in Birmingham, on Thursday 10th January. The British F4 Champion took part in a live interview on stage at the NEC Arena to reflect on his nomination for the prestigious McLaren Autosport BRDC Award and what was involved in the intense process over the two days of testing which the four nominees for the award took part in.
Alongside Kiern was host Alan Hyde, former Formula 1 driver, Le Mans 24 Hour winner and President of the British Racing Drivers Club, Derek Warwick, and this year’s winner of the award, Tom Gamble.
The four 2018 finalists for the award tested in late October of 2018, driving a Formula 2 single-seater, Ligier LMP3 and McLaren 650s GT3 machinery. Each driver also had access to a McLaren 650s road car for sighting laps, as well as undertaking simulator tests at Base Performance and fitness tests at McLaren Technology Centre, as well as being interviewed by a judging panel.
The two days of testing, provide a gruelling test for any driver due the intensity over such a short time period. However, lead-judge Derek Warwick, was particularly impressed with Kiern’s performance over the two days and was full of praise for sixteen-year-old.
“It's an incredible challenge for someone like Kiern, who has come from British F4 in a car with 140 brake horsepower to driving an F2 car with around 550 horsepower. It's a big jump, but I was super, super impressed with Kiern.”
Reflecting on his performance at the testing, runner-up Jewiss, felt that ultimately he fell just short on the testing over the two days.
“I already knew before the awards, just from judging my own performance on I didn't do enough to win the award. You know when your missing the 5 or 10%. It’s a really tough few days because as Derek said you are flat out from the moment that you arrive.
You have to have a lot of mental capacity and it's a tough few days but were all there to do a great job, but unfortunately, I was just missing that 5%.”
Continuing his praise for the 2018 British F4 Champion, Warwick told the audience how close Kiern came to taking the award.
“He is doing himself a miss-justice here. How he knew that he wasn't the winner I have no idea, he was that close, we're talking about tenths of a second on the testing, he was that close.
Kiern was simply extraordinary! When you come from British F4 and with the disciplines that we hand out, Kiern had the biggest jump to make out of the four contestants.
He is most definitely a star for the future and we were all super, super impressed on how he handled the two days and I think we might be seeing Kiern again in 2019.”