International Racing Driver of the Year
Open to professional racing drivers competing at an international level
He ensured the motorsport world’s focus was diverted from the Monaco GP with great Indy 500 run, and always excelled in difficult F1 McLaren-Honda.
Stuck it out when all looked lost in the Formula E title fight, made up ground when Buemi was absent, and then snatched the title at the last gasp for Abt Audi.
Stunning second half of the season with Mercedes enabled him to overhaul Vettel and waltz to a fourth world title.
In his first season at IndyCar’s top table with Team Penske, he stole the show from under the noses of the veterans to become a fully deserving champion.
Bore the brunt of Red Bull’s mechanical ills but was on hand to take a brilliant win in the Malaysian GP. Yet again his talent is lighting up the front of F1.
Ferrari turnaround for 2017 made Vettel look like he was heading for the title, until a litany of woes in the second half of the season derailed his bid.
Racing car of the year
Open to cars competing in any class of circuit racing
After a pretty poor 2016, Ferrari jumped right back to the top of the tree in F1 with this car to give Mercedes a lot of sweat this year, before late-season dramas.
Once again the F1 standard has been set in Brackley – albeit not to quite the same crushing extent as in 2014, ’15 and ’16!
Barring miracles this machine will claim WEC manufacturer and driver titles for Porsche. It even got to the flag at Le Mans...
The later-season F1 races have featured a proper revival from Red Bull, with the team in there pitching – and winning.
Di Grassi won the Formula E title for Audi, but the e.dams-run Renault was the standard-setting car, witness the incredible run of victories from Sebastien Buemi.
The car to beat in rallycross, with Johan Kristoffersson netting the title and team boss/driver Petter Solberg sitting second in points.
International Rally Driver of the Year
Open to professional or semi-professional rally drivers in international events
Totally came of age this year. Second in Finland and Argentina (by 0.7s…) is an indication of just what a step he’s taken in terms of pace with the M-Sport team.
A changed man since his departure from VW to Toyota. Loving life outside Ogier’s shadow, he’s back to his best. Or possibly even better this season.
Remains one of the top three fastest in the WRC and his win in Spain demonstrated a much needed, more controlled and relaxed approach with Citroen.
Hyundai man had Monte and Sweden in the palm of his hand. Had he won them, he might be champion already. Still been among the season’s quickest.
Still the master. New car (Ford), same story. Won fewer rallies this year, but showed brilliant consistency as well as speed when it mattered most.
Like team-mate Evans, more mature, faster and more consistent than ever. It’s paid dividends, with two victories and six podiums from 11 rallies.
Rally car of the year
Open to cars competing in rallying from international to national level
Remains the R5 weapon of choice for drivers around the world as M-Sport nears its 300th sale. A regular WRC2 winner and took the ERC title to boot.
Comfortably the most neutral of all the 2017 World Rally Cars and, with the most wins, clearly the quickest as well. Incredible work from the Cumbrian garagistas.
The first of the new generation to break cover and set the initial pace. But recurring reliability issues have hit the South Koreans hard this season.
Once again the dominant force in cross-country and the car to deliver another Peterhansel Dakar win. The only downside was Loeb’s mechanical woes.
Factory cars were the class of the WRC2 field through the early part of the season; Pontus Tidemand delivered back-to-back class titles for the Czech firm.
Nobody gave Tommi Makinen’s new car a hope at the start of the season. But it was winning by round two, and was the fastest of the fast in Finland too.
British competition driver of the year
Open to British drivers competing in categories at international level
Once again he’s been a force in two completely different disciplines, scoring race wins in Formula E and class victories with Ferrari in the WEC.
In the sister Ferrari to Bird’s, he currently leads the GT points standings in the WEC after a stellar season. Also claimed pole for Spa 24 Hours GT3 classic.
When does a three-time world champion get better and better? Answer: when it’s 2017 and he collects his fourth F1 title. Stunning as ever for much of the season.
Still only 17 and in his first season out of the ‘baby’ categories, Norris beat fierce opposition for a superb European F3 title success.
‘Best of the rest’ in F2, but when the champ is Leclerc with Prema then the title is always going to be a tall order. Great season to be runner-up with DAMS.
Stepped sideways from Euro F3 to GP3 and didn’t take long to nail himself to the mantle of top dog in a quality ART line-up, taking title with a round to spare.
Rider of the year
Open to riders competing in any of MotoGP’s three racing categories
He wasn’t expected to be a title threat on the Ducati, but Dovizioso has been Marquez’s biggest rival this season.
Six wins for the reigning champion have allowed the Honda star to overcome a batch of DNFs and lead the standings with two races to go.
A win, seven other podiums and strong early title challenge made sure the diminutive Spaniard kept his doubters silent for another year.
A broken leg derailed his 10th title charge, but a determined Motorland Aragon comeback and a Dutch TT win proved the 38-year-old is still hungry.
Three wins from the first five races in his first year at Yamaha cemented Vinales as a frontrunner and made him title favourite for a stretch.
The double Moto2 champion is 2017’s top rookie after scoring a French GP podium as well as two poles on year-old Yamaha machinery.
Rookie of the year
Open to professional racing drivers in their first season in their respective categories
Aged 35, he rocked up for his first crack at the Indy 500 and immediately fought wheel to wheel at the front of the pack.
He took a couple of rounds to get to grips with Super Formula, then vaulted straight into title contention to earn his F1 debut with Toro Rosso.
As GP3 champion he was expected to fight at the front from the off in F2. But the way he won the title, and his pole run, set new standards.
Was always going to be a contender in Euro F3, but performed beyond that during a brilliant campaign with Carlin to clinch the title.
There was a lot of focus on the Canadian, and his early steps were tentative. But to finish third in Baku and start on front row at Monza was superb.
How to destroy a newcomer: put them alongside Alonso. But he knuckled down and showed real promise at McLaren.
National driver of the year
Open to drivers racing in the BTCC, British GT or at FIA F3/GP3 level
One of Britain’s best under-the-radar pros, Keen carried the torch for the Barwell Lambo team in British GT, only losing the title at the last gasp.
The switch from single-seaters paid off with a memorable British GT title clinched at the finale with the Team Parker Racing Bentley boys.
There was a rich vein of Brit talent in Euro F3 – they finished 1-2-3-4 at Zandvoort – but Norris was the most consistently up there in 2017.
It hasn’t been an easy battle against fellow Brit and ART team-mate Jack Aitken in GP3, but Russell was able to break free and show his class.
Only his second season in the BTCC, and a new car for him in the form of the Subaru. But a great mid-season run preceded title glory in dramatic finale.
Classy, trusty pro turned in another quality season in the BTCC with BMW, and narrowly missed out on a third title.
British club driver of the year
Open to British drivers in any class of TOCA supports or equivalent and below
Pretty much demolished the field in BRDC British F3 and took 13 wins with Carlin. Top talent ready to step up to the international racing ranks.
The Clio Cup had quality in depth this year, but in his second season back from his BTCC foray he set a 21st-century record for title-winning margin.
Unstoppable in the first half of the campaign, he built up a British F4 title-winning margin that proved impregnable for the rookies getting up to speed.
The Porsche GB scholar had to sweat for his Carrera Cup title after a gripping fight with Cammish and Zamparelli.
Ginetta Juniors are always a highlight of BTCC meetings. Gamble shot to prominence by winning a very close title battle – and endured a team switch.
On his second season out of the club-racing ranks, he looked very good in BRDC British F3 with Fortec to finish third, and top non-Carlin driver.