Female Driver of the Year 2016 Results
This award was judged by a public vote.
Winner – Logan Hannah
After being a highly commended driver last year Logan Hannah came into the Awards this year as one of the favourites. Her results included several podiums both over in Dubai and in the WSKC championship too. She also signed to Arden’s Young Racing Driver Academy and made a good impression at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship. Logan received a staggering 2200 votes to make her a clear winner of this years Award. Well done!
Highly Commended – Abbi Pulling
She may not have been high up in the voting, but Abbi Pulling could never be ruled out of this years Awards. Finishing 2nd in the Junior TKM British Championship she missed out on the title on the last lap of the last race in what was a nail biting end to the series. She’s quickly gathered lots of support from many in the karting community and should be odds on favorite for the Junior TKM title next year
Highly Commended – Aoife Melia
Aoife was hugely popular in this Awards and ran Logan very close during the closing stages of the voting period. The Irish racer returned to karting this year after an accident made her take a break in 2008. Coming back took huge courage, but she seemed to pick up where she left off and she finished 2nd in the IRL Plate in the Junior Max class. She’s one of Ireland’s best young talents after finishing in the top three in the Irish Championship. Let’s hope she makes the trip over the pond to race in something like Super One or Kartmasters next year!
Highly Commended – Morgan Kidd
Morgan has been racing in the Honda Cadet class this year at PFI and Red Lodge with lots of success. Aged just 11, Morgan is close to moving up to the Junior classes and as such was running over the weight limit in the Cadet 200 Extreme Class at PFI, but that hasn’t stopped her from a top 5 finish in the championship. At Red Lodge she was able to go even better and those performances helped her to being one of the three highly commended drivers this year.
Editor’s Special Mention – Abigail Ross
The Female Driver of the Year category has been super competitive this year and many talented drivers unfortunately missed out on the win and highly commended positions. But I encourage those drivers to use the fact they were one of sixteen drivers in the UK on the shortlist to their advantage when it comes to progressing in the future or gaining sponsors. Logan has proved coming back for a second year can be successful so I hope to see all drivers entering again next year.
For my Special Mention I have picked a driver I see as a one to watch next year. When I watched Abigail race at PFI for the last Super One round I was hugely impressed. She was battling with the likes of Oliver Clarke, Angus Fender and Gordon Mutch and she looked comfortable. That performance combined with her NKF results deserved recognition and I strongly believe she’ll do well in whatever she competes in next year.
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