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Rising British star Norris set for F1 test after winning McLaren Autosport BRDC Award

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Rising British racing star Lando Norris will enjoy a Formula 1 test in 2017 after winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award.

Norris, 17, was champion in both the Eurocup and NEC Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2016, as well as picking up the Toyota Racing Series title in the winter.

The youngster is set to move into the FIA F3 European Championship for 2017, a series that has recently helped launch the careers of Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon, both of whom are now racing in Formula 1.

Norris was shortlisted for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award alongside four other rising British racers, before being named as the winner at the Autosport Awards in London last Sunday.

The award sees Norris receive an F1 test with McLaren during the 2017 season, with the previous winner being Will Palmer, younger brother of current grand prix racer Jolyon.

Other names to have won the award include David Coulthard (1989), Dario Franchitti (1992), Jenson Button (1998) and Paul di Resta (2004).

“I’m honestly overwhelmed to win this prestigious prize that caps off an incredibly successful season for me,” Norris said.

“The McLaren prizes can only help me in my quest to ultimately reach Formula 1. It’s now my job to keep working hard and stay focused to achieve this goal.”

BRDC president and former F1 driver Derek Warwick added: “Lando has had an amazing season, especially considering he was only 16-years-old until last month. He was quick in the GT3 and DTM cars but was absolutely stunning in the Formula 2 single-seater.

“He definitely has a great career in front of him. Lando’s a future F1 driver and I believe a future F1 World Champion.”

Video highlights from Stage 13 of the Dakar Rally

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Friday’s Stage 13 of the 40th Dakar Rally went from San Juan to Cordoba to set up the concluding stage of the event.

The video highlights of Stage 13 will air on NBCSN on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Friday:

CARS

Nassar Al-Attiyah strengthened his hold on second with a stage win as defending winner Stephane Peterhansel crashed in the penultimate stage.

BIKES

Toby Price won his second stage of the 2018 Dakar, his ninth overall, while Matthias Walkner retained the lead ahead of the final stage.

TRUCKS

Eduard Nikolaev continued to make a case for his second consecutive Dakar win after an epic battle to capture Stage 13.

QUADS

Jeremias Gonzalez took Stage 13 of the quads, tightening his grip on third overall in the 2018 Dakar Rally.