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International Racing Driver of the Year

Open to professional racing drivers competing at an international level

Sebastien Buemi
Sebastien Buemi
As well as continuing to excel in sportscars, and cruelly losing victory at Le Mans, Buemi won the Formula E title and currently leads the 2016/17 points.
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton’s campaign has been blighted with bad luck and engine problems, but he remains in the title hunt and, at his best, remains almost unbeatable.
Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud
His first season with Penske was disappointing, but his second was spectacular. Pagenaud won five races and took a maiden IndyCar title.
Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo
Few doubt the Australian is a potential world champion with a strong enough car, and he deserves more than the single victory in Malaysia that he has so far taken.
Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg
Currently leading the world championship, Rosberg has put together his most compelling title challenge yet and bounced back from a difficult 2015.
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen
Winning on his Red Bull debut was sensational, but for all the criticism of his racing style Verstappen has lit up the front of grand prix racing this year.

Racing car of the year

Open to cars competing in any class of circuit racing

Audi R18 e-tron quattro
Audi R18 e-tron quattro
The new R18 has, overall, been the fastest car in the World Endurance Championship, winning its second race. But the overall results haven’t matched the performance.
Ford GT
Ford GT
The controversial new GTE machine won at Le Mans, 50 years on from its first outright win there, and also emerged as a race winner in the United States.
Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid
For the third year in succession, Mercedes has been the dominant force in Formula 1. The F1 W06 has been unbeatable on pace and won the constructors’ championship with four races to spare.
Porsche 919 Hybrid
Porsche 919 Hybrid
While perhaps not the fastest car in the LMP1 ranks anymore, the Porsche still won Le Mans and is leading the World Endurance Championship.
Red Bull-Renault RB12
Red Bull-Renault RB12
The only car other than Mercedes to win grands prix is still limited by the Tag Heuer-badged engine not being as strong as the Mercedes power unit.
Renault Z.E.15
Renault Z.E.15
Renault had to develop its own motor, gearbox and inverter for the second season of Formula E, and emerged with the package to beat.

International Rally Driver of the Year

Open to professional or semi-professional rally drivers in international events

Craig Breen
Craig Breen
Excellent top-flight debut in Sweden, his season just got better from there. Podium in Finland was brave, brilliant and good enough for a full-time job.
Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke
Flew every time he got out in the Citroen in the World Rally Championship, with his conquest of Rally Finland one of the great British rally feats.
Thierry Neuville
Thierry Neuville
After 18 months in the doldrums, the old Neuville returned with a bang and a win in Sardinia this season. Been in contention for a podium pretty much everywhere since.
Stephane Peterhansel
Stephane Peterhansel
Taught Sebastien Loeb the very valuable lesson of the tortoise and the hare at this year's Dakar. Peter drove a brilliant and tactical Dakar to take a 12th win.
Sebastien Ogier
Sebastien Ogier
Outstanding as ever on his way to a fourth straight title. Rules made it harder work, but still the best of the best in the best car.
Hayden Paddon
Hayden Paddon
Delivered an exceptional maiden World Rally Championship victory in Argentina, edging none other than Ogier in a final stage South American shoot-out.

Rally car of the year

Open to cars competing in rallying from international to national level

Volkswagen Polo R WRC
Volkswagen Polo R WRC
The weapon of choice in the WRC for the fourth successive season. The pace of the Hannover-built machine simply hasn’t dipped since it started winning in 2013.
Hyundai i20 WRC
Hyundai i20 WRC
The New Generation i20 WRC was a major step forward for the Korean company at the start of the season – definitely the Polo-worrier in the pack.
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Ford Fiesta RS WRC
Despite the onset of its all-new 2017 car, the current Fiesta continued to evolve and Poland demonstrated its continued ability to beat the best in the right hands.
Citroen DS 3 WRC
Citroen DS 3 WRC
A year away from any development and still this car can win two rounds of the World Rally Championship. Remains a potent force at rallying’s highest level.
Peugeot 2008 DKR
Peugeot 2008 DKR
After a troubled birth, the second coming of this car rocked cross-country rallying to its core. It was simply superb and utterly dominant at this year’s Dakar.
Skoda Fabia R5
Skoda Fabia R5
The Czech factory machine has had its work cut out trying to come to terms with a Fiesta R5, but the works Fabias have shown speed and reliability for much of 2016.

British competition driver of the year

Open to British drivers competing at international level

Sam Bird
Sam Bird
A GTE Pro race winner in the World Endurance Championship in his first full season with Ferrari, and also a serious contender in Formula E.
Jenson Button
Jenson Button
The McLaren-Honda wasn’t the best package, but Button showed no signs of easing up heading into his year off and delivered good results in the circumstances
James Calado
James Calado
While he’s not leading the GTE Pro points in WEC, Calado has excelled in the AF Corse Ferrari and been bitterly unlucky not to have won more regularly.
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton’s campaign has been blighted with bad luck and engine problems, but he remains in the title hunt and, at his best, remains almost unbeatable.
Oliver Jarvis
Oliver Jarvis
Claimed his first World Endurance Championship race victory for Audi at Spa, and has been a strong performer all year.
Kris Meeke
Kris Meeke
Flew every time he got out in the Citroen in the World Rally Championship, with his conquest of Rally Finland one of the great British rally feats.

Rider of the year

Open to riders competing in any of MotoGP’s three categories

Brad Binder
Brad Binder
The South African played a rare hand in dominating the frenetic and fiercely-competitive Moto3 feeder class, sealing the championship with four races to go.
Cal Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow
Bounced back from a tough start to assert himself as the top independent rider, and become Britain's first premier class winner since Barry Sheene in 1981.
Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo
A title defence didn't go the way Lorenzo wanted, but he still leaves Yamaha for Ducati having won multiple races in his final season.
Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez
Marquez balanced supreme speed and consistency to wrap up a third MotoGP title in four years, with three rounds of a massively-unpredictable season to spare.
Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
The 37-year-old wound back the years and was a mainstay at the front, taking more pole positions than he managed in the 2010-'15 seasons combined.
Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales
Vinales shone in his second season in MotoGP, taking his maiden podium finishes and ending Suzuki's winless run with a commanding British Grand Prix victory.

National driver of the year

Open to drivers racing in BTCC, British GT or Formula 3

Johnny Adam
Johnny Adam
The Scot became the first driver to retain the British GT Championship crown after moving to the TF Sport team, taking two wins.
Phil Keen
Phil Keen
Finished second in British GT driving for Barwell Motorsport and won three times, wringing the neck of the Lamborghini Huracan every time he got into it.
George Russell
George Russell
Ended the Formula 3 European Championship season as the best non-Prema driver in third overall, taking victories at the classic Pau and Spa circuits.
Gordon Shedden
Gordon Shedden
Clinched a second successive BTCC crown, and third in total, after prevailing in an eight-way shoot out in the Brands Hatch season finale.
Sam Tordoff
Sam Tordoff
Was in the thick of the BTCC title race all season, with 2016 marking his emergence as one of the top dogs in British tin tops.
Colin Turkington
Colin Turkington
After a troubled start with Subaru, Turkington flew in the Levorg and stayed in the title hunt all the way to the Brands Hatch finale.

Rookie of the year

Open to professional racing drivers in their first season racing in their respective categories

Antonio Giovinazzi
Antonio Giovinazzi
The Italian leads the GP2 championship heading into next month’s Abu Dhabi season finale after a stunning year debut for Prema, fighting Red Bull backed Pierre Gasly for the title.
Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc
The French Ferrari protege currently leads the GP3 standings, and has impressed on Friday outings for the Haas Formula 1 team.
Esteban Ocon
Esteban Ocon
After a difficult time in his first DTM season, Ocon was promoted to F1 after the August break and soon started to outpace Wehrlein at Manor.
Joyon Palmer
Joyon Palmer
Renault in 2016 wasn’t the best place to be for a debut F1 season, but Palmer has acquitted himself well and broke his points duck in Malaysia.
Alexander Rossi
Alexander Rossi
It was a challenging season in IndyCar for Alexander Rossi, but his victory in the 100th Indianapolis 500 made it an incredible year overall.
Pascal Wehrlein
Pascal Wehrlein
The Mercedes junior has impressed in his first season in F1, with the highlight being a point for 10th place in the Austrian Grand Prix for Manor.

British club driver of the year

Open to British drivers in any class of TOCA supports or equivalent and below

Daniel Cammish
Daniel Cammish
Secured a second successive Porsche Carrera Cup GB crown, breaking the record for most wins in a season in the process.
Ricky Collard
Ricky Collard
Recorded joint-highest number of victories (5) during first season of rebadged British F3 Championship on his way to second overall with Carlin.
Max Fewtrell
Max Fewtrell
Claimed the British Formula 4 title with an impressive victory in the final Brands Hatch race after a very consistent season.
Sennan Fielding
Sennan Fielding
Just missed out on being British Formula 4 champion, achieving five victories despite having a fraction of the budget of some of his rivals.
Lando Norris
Lando Norris
Started four-series 2016 season with Toyota Racing Series crown in February, and later added Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC title successes to impressive haul.
Ant Whorton-Eales
Ant Whorton-Eales
Clinched the Renault UK Clio Cup title after a dramatic finale, winning half of the races this year and making some blistering starts.