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MSV Young Motorsport Journalist of the Year winners revealed

Tuesday, February 15 2011

Six budding young journalists from across the UK have been selected as the winners of MSV's inaugural Young Motorsport Journalist of the Year competition.

The contest invited youngsters aged 11-17 to write a short report based on race footage from either an FIA Formula Two Championship or MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship event.

Three winners were selected from the competition's two age categories - 11-13 year olds and 14 years and over - by a panel of MSV judges. The chosen entries were then reviewed by Motorsport News journalist and 2010 Renault MSA Young Journalist of the Year, Robert Ladbrook.

Winner 1: Benjamin Greig, 13, Wokingham
Robert Ladbrook: "The language in Benjamin's report really sets the occasion and creates a real sense of drama. The text flows very well and sets a nice pace with relatively short sentences. Overall it captures a great deal of detail in a short space of time."

Winner 2: Stephen Lickorish, 17, Milton Keynes
RL: "Stephen has made a really good effort. He has an excellent vocabulary and shows a good understanding of the championship and race covered in his report. His piece includes nice details and has a good sentence structure. In this industry we write in order to entertain the reader, and this was very entertaining to read."

Winner 3: Andrew McEwan, 16, Prenton
RL: "Andy's article is very informative and offers an interesting insight into the driver's perspective. As well as containing some good details it makes you feel like he was really at the event, and the point of being a journalist is to make the most of the access that spectators don't have."

Winner 4: Jack Appleyard, 16, Bingley
RL: "Jack's article builds to a good crescendo and the key point of the race is well analysed. He has a good pace throughout, which quickens as it gets further into the report. There is a real sense of excitement about it, reflecting the drama of the race."

Winner 5: James Martin, 12, Maidenhead
RL: "James' report uses emotive language well and cleverly references both defensive and offensive driving. It also makes the sport sound daring, which it is!"

Winner 6: Chris Phillips, 13, Chester
RL: "Chris' report was very creative with a colourful use of language. He gave a good explanation of events and it was well structured with nice short paragraphs. He has great potential for the future!"

All six winners will now receive a prize day out at either Brands Hatch, Oulton Park or Bedford Autodrome circuits, taking part in a YoungDrive! introductory driving lesson in a BMW 1 Series. As well as enjoying a fun day out learning the basics of driving, they will have the opportunity to see their work in print, as the six finalists will review their experiences for an article in an upcoming MSV official race event programme.

Click on the link below to visit the Young Motorsport Journalist website and read the winning entries. Plus, you can also find out more about MSV's YoungDrive! experience.