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Glenn Freeman and Gavin Ireland win prestigious Renault MSA Young Journalist & Photographer Awards
Glenn, aged 19 from Witham, Essex, and Gavin, aged 23 from Lancaster, will receive trophies and cheques for £1,000 at UK motor sport governing body the MSA`s prestigious Night of Champions awards ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London on 20 January. At the event, they will share the stage with the winners of all the MSA British championships in 2005.

These special awards, launched in 2002 and designed to help young motor sport journalists and photographers further their careers, this year attracted submissions from a wide range of ages, from 15 to 25 years old, covering events from karting, rallying and historic racing through to sports cars, touring cars and single-seaters.

Glenn earned his Young Journalist Award with coverage in specialist magazine Motorsport News of British Formula 3, junior single-seater racing and the inaugural A1GP event at Brands Hatch. Gavin, meanwhile, submitted images from Racecar Engineering, the Le Mans 24 Hours race and a new retro motor sport book Autodrome to win the Young Photographer Award.

Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the MSA, comments: "Many congratulations to Glenn and Gavin, particularly in a year when the overall entry level was arguably the highest we`ve ever seen. The quality and range of work was excellent and this reflects the talent that is out there. Certainly, the judges took considerable time to reach a decision. We sincerely look forward to greeting Glenn and Gavin at our Night of Champions and we look forward to another exciting competition in 2006."

Glenn, who started work with MN in 2005 after achieving National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications at Harlow College, says: "I`m very proud and honoured. It`s an amazing feat to achieve the Award and I`m very grateful to MN for taking me on and guiding me as a journalist. I`ve always wanted to be a motor sport journalist and this is a massive boost for my confidence and career."

Gavin, who only started photographing motor sport in the UK two years ago, adds: "I`m staggered. This is my first photography award and what a way to start! It means so much, particularly as I`m self-taught and I know this will count for a lot in the future."

Tim Jackson, Director, Press & PR, Renault UK says: "Glenn and Gavin richly deserve their awards – their work was of a very high standard and I`ll be delighted to present them with their trophies and cheques for £1,000. Renault prides itself on encouraging new talent and we were delighted by the response to this year`s competition… everyone who entered has the potential for a great career ahead of them. We look forward to the next 12 months and the search for the next recipients of this very prestigious award."