|The 20-year-old Scotsman - a cousin of IRL star Dario Franchitti - follows in the footsteps of Jamie Green and Lewis Hamilton to become the third British driver in succession to lift the coveted junior title. A top ten finish in the penultimate round of the season staged at Hockenheim in Germany was enough to give di Resta the championship after his title rival Sebastian Vettel, already a Formula 1 Friday test driver for the BMW Sauber team, only finished third.
Colin Hilton, MSA Chief Executive, comments: "The achievement of Paul di Resta is truly outstanding and hugely significant for UK motor sport. What is especially pleasing is that like so many other aspiring F1 drivers Paul began his career in UK karting before graduating to the Formula Renault UK Championship. His success in the F3 Euro Series, added to that of Jamie Green and Lewis Hamilton in previous years, is a great inspiration for all young drivers currently racing in the junior categories in the UK.
"The MSA is committed to ensuring the strongest possible British representation at the highest level of world motor sport and the recent launch of the MSA British Race Elite can only be boosted by the ongoing success of our best young drivers."