Karting magazine Driver of the Year 2016 Results
This award was judged by a panel.
Winner – Harry Thompson
Harry impressed the panel with his record breaking year in Cadets. He’s been virtually unbeatable all year in arguably the toughest class in UK Karting. Harry won both the IAME and Honda Cadet British titles and added to that the LGM Series crown and Honda cadet Kartmasters title. It’s unlikely we’ll see someone achieve this again for a long time and it was for that reason the panel deemed him the Driver of the Year!
Highly Commended – Callum Bradshaw
Callum’s win in the CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy was the icing on the cake for what has been a fantastic year for the BKC Racing driver. He’s been super consistent winning both the IAIME European Open and Kartmasters titles along with finishing 2nd in the LGM Series and IAME International Final. If he’d perhaps won the last two titles he may have just beat Harry to the Driver of the Year crown…
Highly Commended – Fin Kenneally
Fin jumped up to the OK Junior class this year to compete with Ricky Flynn Motorsport on the European circuit for the first time this year. It was hard to know what to expect, but after he won the South Garda Winter Cup people’s expectations started to rise. However, who expected Fin to go and win the coveted CIK-FIA European Title on his first attempt to join a list of 12 other British drivers which includes Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Will Stevens.
Highly Commended – Joe Turney
Picking the winner and highly commended drivers this year has been extremely difficult, but Joe gave himself the best chance possible when he brought in a total of 876 likes which was more than double of any other driver. Add that to his Super One and BNL titles in his first year of Junior Max he was able to get the edge over the handful of drivers who just missed out!
Editor’s Special Mention – Harry Moore
What a year it has been for the Second Karting magazine Awards. The rise in standard and response in this class alone has been staggering and I think we have ten worthy drivers of the crown. To those who missed out all I can say is the decision was so difficult and all drivers can argue a good case of why they perhaps should have won.
For my special mention I went with a driver who I was not even aware of last year. From nowhere he has become a household karting name after beating 54 drivers to the super competitive TKM Extreme Super One title. When you add in that he did this all as a rookie it makes it quite hard to believe. To no surprise Harry Moore had a lot of support this year and received 415 likes to his page. It’s easy for his name to get ruled out when we have drivers competing in some of the World’s biggest karting championships, but I think Harry has achieved something special this year and for that reason he deserves a lot of credit.
In alphabetical order
Just missing out…
Just missing out on the shortlist were:
Danny Kierle – For wins at Kartmasters, IAME European Open and great performances in LGM.
Sam Faulkner – For becoming the British and Vice World Easykart Lights Champion
Chris Lulham – For winning the X30 Euro Series in the Junior class
Axel Charpentier – For winning the Rotax Max Euro Challenge in the Junior class
James Glenister – For winning the super competitive Super 4 Gearbox Championship
Other nominees included: