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Ninth place at Spain's Valencia Circuit in the first of this weekend's final round of races gave BRDC SuperStar Dean Stoneman an unassailable lead over compatriot Jolyon Palmer.

The Southampton 20-year-old also qualifies for the FIA superlicence that allows him to race in F1.  "Getting into F1 has always been my dream, and this just brings me one step closer to that," said Dean.

This year was Dean's debut in F2, which is a feeder series for F1, and he finished the season with six victories.

"It's hard to know what to expect but it's obviously a fantastic opportunity to be testing a Williams Formula 1 car, so hopefully I can prove myself," added Dean.  "I'm just going to go there and do what I do best: get in the car and drive as fast as I can."

Dean will get his chance for Williams in the young drivers' test in Abu Dhabi at the end of the F1 season.

"(Dean) Stoneman and (Jolyon) Palmer have really stretched out above the rest of the field, but what we'll all really find out is what happens when (Dean) Stoneman gets in a F1 car and we should see that at Abu Dhabi," said Williams technical director Sam Michael.

In the 2008 Formula Renault UK series, Dean finished with a better record than Lewis Hamilton managed in his debut year in the competition.

The Club office has just learned of the death last November of BRDC Life Member Ian Titterington
We regret to report the death of Life Member Denis Barthel at the age of 91
It is with great sadness that the Club has to report the death of Marc Haynes, Associate Member since August 2016
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