Young Journalist of the Year winner announced

Wednesday 03 January 2024

Motorsport UK is delighted to confirm Samuel Coop has won the 2023 Award for Young Journalist of the Year.

Samuel is currently Editor in Chief at FormulaNerds, a website covering single-seater motorsport. After joining the site as a writer in October 2021, Samuel has grown FormulaNerds into a media-accredited publication for F2, FIA F3, F1 Academy and Formula E.

His clear passion for the sport, insightful articles and use of multiple sources, information and viewpoints greatly impressed the judging panel. Despite limited access to race tracks, the judges felt Samuel’s portfolio was well-crafted and balanced, with a wide variety of insight.

The Motorsport UK journalist judging panel was comprised of F1 correspondent for The Sun, Ben Hunt, former Young Journalist of the Year winner Luke Smith from The Athletic and F1 technical expert, Sam Collins.

Samuel will receive a prestigious Motorsport UK trophy at Night of Champions and a cheque for £1,000 to put towards his career.

2023 Young Journalist Samuel Coop said: “I’m thrilled to be named Motorsport UK’s Young Journalist of the Year. It’s an honour to win such a prestigious award. It was completely unexpected and still hasn’t quite sunk in yet. I want to thank Motorsport UK for the chance to showcase my work and the panel for seeing merit in it. Given the calibre of past winners, it means an awful lot.

The team at FormulaNerds are exceptional in their dedication and drive, and I cannot thank them enough for their support.

My journey in motorsport is still relatively short, but I’m excited about the road ahead. It’s an industry that has already given me so much and it’s a privilege to do something you love, so to be recognised for that work is more than I could have ever hoped for.”

In addition to the main award, journalists Megan White and Kieran Jackson both gained a ‘Highly Commended’ from the judges for their outstanding portfolios and commitment to journalism.

Hugh Chambers, CEO Motorsport UK commented: “Congratulations to Samuel on his richly-deserved win. Our colleagues in the media are vital to the health of motorsport, attracting new audiences and participants, so we welcome fresh talent that will help to secure the long term future of the sport in the UK. It was great to see the calibre of all the candidates who took part in the Young Media Awards, demonstrating that motorsport continues to inspire great stories and passion. We look forward to working closely with this new generation of outstanding journalists.”