Remember our 2015 Awards

Last year marked the first ever Karting magazine Awards. We had a selection of ten categories which included:

Karting magazine Driver of the Year
Female Driver of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Outstanding Contribution
Circuit/Club of the Year
Indoor Circuit of the Year
Photo of the Year
Race of the Year
Initiative of the Year
Best corner in the UK

Entries opened in October and we received an immediate response with emails flooding in. With the help of our panel, which consisted of Chris McCarthy, Henry Beaudette and one anonymous guest, we put together the shortlist for each award.

Overall we had 122 nominations across the ten categories and voting opened online for a week in November. The Driver, Rookie, Race and Best Corner awards would be decided by the panel with the rest on Facebook votes.

In a week we received over 20,000 Facebook votes and had a total of 250,000 page views.

Karting magazine Editor, Chris McCarthy, giving Capital Karts their Award
Karting magazine Editor, Chris McCarthy, giving Capital Karts their Award

The Awards in total was a huge success which is why it will be coming back bigger and better in 2016. Next Tuesday we will be making the official announcement of our Awards and the Categories.

The Awards are going to be a lot more than just an online experience this year with some exciting announcements to be made next week.

It’s going to be an Awards with a twist!

Before all that let’s recap on who won last year, and the highly commended nominees.

Karting magazine Driver of the Year

Winner – Ben Hanley

After winning the 2015 CIK-FIA KF European Championship, Ben Hanley took the biggest award of all, Driver of the Year! It was the year the Mad Croc chassis arrived to Karting and the former GP2 driver took it to arguably the biggest title of all. He was solid all year and finished 5th in the World Championship with 3rd and 6th in the CIK-FIA KZ European and World Championships. He flew the flag for Great Britain on the highest stage beating off the hardest competition in Karting.

This year Ben is competing in LMP2 in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) with Dragonspeed and is currently 5th in the championship. He also continues to race with Mad Croc on the European and World stage on the Bianchi chassis.

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Ben Hanley in the Bianchi chassis at Portimao

Highly commended:

Kiern Jewiss
Dexter Patterson
Jack McCarthy

Female Driver of the Year

Winner – Alicia Goundry

Decided by the public, the Female driver award went to 12 year old, Alicia Goundry. Having competed in Super One and LGM in the IAME Cadet class, Alicia flew the flag for the girls bringing in some impressive results and showing a huge turn of pace throughout the year. In just one week she received 1200 votes online to win the Award.

Alicia recently moved out of karting and has been doing some testing in the Junior Saloon Car Championship.

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Highly commended:

Kaite Crowther
Lucy Fulton
Logan Hannah

Rookie of the Year

Winner – Harley Keeble

The eight year old who won a fully funded season in Formula Kart Stars really impressed our panel in 2015 as young Harley challenged the Fusion drivers in a Cadet class where he came just shy of a podium on a number of occasions. He burst onto the Cadet scene and had everyone singing his praises and those performances impressed the panel enough to give him the Award.

Harley was one of many victims to suffer from FKS going into administration, but continues to race at club level in IAME Cadet.

Harley Keeble
Harley Keeble

Highly commended:

Charlie Bingham
Peadar O’Boyle
Faye Hayward

Outstanding Contribution

Winner – Oliver Scullion

He’s the brains behind the F100 series, which last year took off with immense speed and had people digging old chassis out of their sheds and getting them race ready again. F100 was and still is a hugely popular series with grids in excess of 40 drivers. Oliver dedicates a lot of his personal time to run the series and that was enough to convince the public to vote for him. He won the Award with a total of 340 votes.

Oliver continues to take the F100 series from strength to strength in 2016 and took it abroad for the Garda Cup. A one off race that took place at the Lonato circuit in Italy. Tony Kart Factory Driver, Luca Corberi also travelled over to Rowrah recently to race in the series.

Oliver Scullion
Oliver Scullion

Highly Commended:

Dan Lee
Mick French

Circuit/Club of the Year

Winner – Brentwood Karting

The winner through votes in the Circuit/Club award was the track based in Essex, Brentwood Karting. It’s a track that dedicates a huge amount of time in preparing young drivers for owner driver racing. Their track record of drivers really speaks for itself with lots of former Brentwood drivers going on to make a career in the sport. They received a total of 340 votes.

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Brentwood recently got a new fleet of karts!

Highly commended:

Whilton Mill
Dunkeswell Kart Club

Indoor Circuit of the Year

Winner – Capital Karts

It’s the biggest indoor circuit in the UK and won through public votes in fine style. The track based in Dagenham found themselves neck and neck in the voting before they unleashed their army of fans netting a total of 2512 votes! They blew out the competition and were the most popular nominee through all the categories.

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Highly Commended:

Formula Fast Karting, Milton Keynes
Xtreme Karting, Edinburgh

Photo of the Year

One of the more unpredictable results came in the Photo of the Year category which went to photographer Jay Adair. The photo itself told a nice story with two drivers on different tyres with the driver in front looking concerned. It had people wondering who went on to win the battle and got Jay 608 votes.

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Highly commended:

Stu Stretton
Bethanie Lawson

Race of the Year

Winner – Super One Series Round 9 Shenington, KZ Final 2

It was the showdown between championship rivals and close friends Henry Easthope and Sam Webster. The championship finale certainly delivered with Webster hitting mechanical issues which also dropped Easthope back in dramatic fashion. However, Easthope’s championship was saved when Scott Allen and Dan Kelly took each other out on the last lap with Kelly getting excluded. You couldn’t write it any better! For the panel it was a no brainer. Re watch the race below.

Highly commended:

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Super One Series Round 8 Whilton Mill, TKM Extreme Final 2

Initiative of the Year

Winner – British Universities Karting Championship (BUKC)

It’s no stranger to Karting, but in our first ever Awards the BUKC championship had every student in the country voting for it and cleaned up the Initiative category to take victory. It’s a championship that see’s universities compete against each other in Club100 karts at tracks across the country. It not only see’s regular karters compete but also helps bring new people into the sport. They received a total of 332 votes.

Highly commended:

F100 – Spirit of the 90’s
BMR Front Wheel Drive Kart

Best Corner in the UK

Winner – Valley, Three Sisters

It’s the main attraction at the Three Sisters circuit and is labelled one of the fastest and scariest corners in Karting. It takes lots of practise to master and just saying the name brings a smile to any karters face. It won taking 146 votes in total.

Highly commended:

Pit’s bend, Ellough Park
The Hook, Llandow

 

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