Autosport Annual Awards Recognises 2018’s Talent

by Connor Jackson

A star studded night at the Autosport Awards saw fifteen trophies handed out as the Motorsport community rallied together for an end of year show.

The biggest prize of the evening, the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award, handed to a rising British star, went the way of Tom Gamble, who beat out three other drivers.

Gamble, along with; Formula Renault Eurocup champion Max Fewtrell, 2018 British F4 champion Kiern Jewiss and 2017 champion Jamie Caroline, took part in a number of physical tests and interviews last month, with the judges picking the BRDC British F3 race winner to follow in the footsteps of Jenson Button, David Coulthard and last years winner Dan Ticktum.

Ticktum himself picked up the National Driver of the Year, having achieved his second Macau Grand Prix win and finishing runner-up in the FIA European F3 Championship this year.

British success continued with Lewis Hamilton collecting both the British Competition Driver of the Year and the International Racing Driver of the Year, presented by Pirelli. His team Mercedes AMG Petronas would also win Racing Car of the Year and Team Principal Toto Wolff collecting the John Boster Award.

Elsewhere, Marc Márquez won Rider of the Year, with Sébastien Ogier winning Rally Driver of the Year. Ogier’s Ford Fiesta WRC also won Rally Car of the Year as Charles Leclerc won Richard Mille Rookie of the Year after an incredible first season in Formula One.

The Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future Award would go to Owen Heaney of the Imperial College London. The prize awards him with a two-year placement in an accelerated development programme at the Williams F1 team.

Motorsport Network’s President, James Allen said, “It’s been a glorious evening of celebration of the achievements across our sport from all four corners of the world. Once again, we have helped to recognise the achievements of the legends of the sport while at the same time setting new careers on their way with an unprecedented level of backing and support.

Other award winners are listed below.

International Racing Driver of the YearLewis Hamilton
Rider of the YearMarc Márquez
British Competition Driver of the YearLewis Hamilton
Rally Car of the YearFord Fiesta WRC
Rookie of the YearCharles Leclerc
Rally Driver of the YearSébsatien Ogier
National Driver of the YearDan Ticktum
Racing Car of the YearMercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+
The Autosport Williams Engineer of the Future AwardOwen Heaney, Imperial College London
The Mahindra Pioneering and Innovation AwardFIA (for the Halo)
The Gregor Grant AwardStéphane Ratel, CEO & Founder, SRO
The Gregor Grant AwardJacky Ickx
The Gregor Grant AwardMika Häkkinen
The John Bolster AwardToto Wolff
The McLaren Autosport BRDC AwardTom Gamble

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