Autosport Awards 2020

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Moment of the Year

Presented by MarelliOpen to the most spectacular moments of this year's motorsport season

da Costa secures Formula E title in Berlin

Despite being overlooked for a Formula 1 drive and then landing in backmarker Formula E machinery five years ago, when Antonio Felix da Costa crushed his electric rivals after the coronavirus break in Berlin, he took the time to thank everyone who had played a part in shaping his career. Emotion ran high and few could begrudge the ‘nice guy’ finishing first.

da Costa secures Formula E title in Berlin
nominated for
Moment of the Year

Gasly and AlphaTauri win dramatic Italian GP

Modern Formula 1 teams and cars are so reliable that shock results are now few and far between. But problems, notably Lewis Hamilton picking up a penalty for coming in when the pitlane was closed, gave Pierre Gasly an opportunity he took brilliantly at Monza. It was the first win outside the ‘big three’ teams since 2013.

Gasly and AlphaTauri win dramatic Italian GP
nominated for
Moment of the Year

Hamilton breaks Schumacher's record in Portugal

Lewis Hamilton has been closing on Michael Schumacher’s various F1 records in recent years and in the first Portuguese Grand Prix since 1996 he took one of the most important. Hamilton’s 26-second victory over Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was the Briton’s 92nd F1 win, breaking the record set by Schumacher in 2006.

Hamilton breaks Schumacher's record in Portugal
nominated for
Moment of the Year

Binder takes KTM’s first MotoGP victory

The 2020 MotoGP season was full of shocks, and any number of moments could easily take this spot. But rookie Brad Binder's sensational run to a maiden victory in just his third race in the Czech Grand Prix is our pick. KTM's maiden victory also proved how competitive modern MotoGP is.

Binder takes KTM’s first MotoGP victory
nominated for
Moment of the Year

International Racing Driver of the Year

Open to professional racing drivers competing at an international level

Scott Dixon

In a championship as competitive as IndyCar it’s remarkable that Dixon managed to secure his sixth crown in 2020. Winning the first three races was crucial as Penske’s Josef Newgarden put on a late charge, but the Ganassi star held firm to take the title by 16 points.

Scott Dixon
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Antonio Felix da Costa

The Portuguese bid farewell to BMW Andretti and arrived at DS Techeetah with double champion Jean-Eric Vergne as his team-mate. But rather than settle in second place, da Costa was a phenomenon. A hat-trick of pole positions and race wins mid-season earned him a brilliant Formula E title, his first championship win since 2009.

Antonio Felix da Costa
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Lewis Hamilton

It was another remarkable season for Formula 1’s benchmark driver. First he matched and then broke Michael Schumacher’s all-time wins record, then he helped Mercedes to an unprecedented seventh consecutive constructors’ crown before continuing his march to secure his seventh drivers’ title in Turkey.

Lewis Hamilton
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Max Verstappen

That F1 races in 2020 were often three-way fights between the two Mercedes drivers and Max Verstappen showed just how brilliant the Red Bull driver is. The Dutchman was miles ahead of the rest and is clearly ready for a championship challenge, but will he get the chance?

Max Verstappen
nominated for
International Racing Driver of the Year

Rider of the Year

Open to riders competing in top-level international motorcycle racing

Joan Mir

In the absence of six-time champion Marc Marquez, Suzuki rider Mir was the most consistent campaigner in his sophomore year. The Spaniard’s haul of six podiums and European Grand Prix victory put him in command of the championship while his main rivals were plagued by inconsistency, and he claimed the crown with a round to go.

Joan Mir
nominated for
Rider of the Year

Franco Morbidelli

Morbidelli has arguably been the biggest surprise of 2020. Though his talent was never in doubt, his run of three victories on 2019-spec machinery vaulted him to lead Yamaha rider late in the season. With a bit more luck, the Italian could well have challenged harder for the world title.

Franco Morbidelli
nominated for
Rider of the Year

Jonathan Rea

The king of World Superbikes fended off a stiff challenge from series debutant Scott Redding on the Ducati to claim his sixth world title. Adding a further 11 wins to his tally brings him one away from a century of WSBK victories, cementing him as the greatest Superbike rider ever.

Jonathan Rea
nominated for
Rider of the Year

Alex Rins

He overcame an early-season shoulder injury to storm back into title contention late on with victory at Aragon, as well as three other podiums. Perhaps Rins would have been Suzuki’s first champion in 20 years without his early-season woes, but he more than proved he is a frontrunning MotoGP rider.

Alex Rins
nominated for
Rider of the Year

British Competition Driver of the Year

Open to British drivers competing in categories at international level

Mike Conway

One of Toyota’s leading World Endurance drivers for several seasons, Conway again impressed during 2020. Sharing with Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez, Conway probably should have won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but did get some consolation by securing the LMP1 WEC title.

Mike Conway
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Lando Norris

Norris continued his rise in 2020, increasing his profile during racing’s hiatus in Esports, then impressing with McLaren once the F1 season got under way. He and Ferrari-bound team-mate Carlos Sainz were once again evenly matched and helped the Woking squad get into the fight for third place in the constructors’ standings.

Lando Norris
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Oliver Rowland

The nuances of Formula E can be tricky to master, especially for someone with a flat-out nature, but Rowland won a race in his second full season and finished fifth in the standings. He was only one point behind Nissan e.dams team-mate and 2015-16 champion Sebastien Buemi.

Oliver Rowland
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

George Russell

Improvements from Williams for 2020 have allowed Russell to get involved in more midfield battles than in his first F1 campaign. There have been some stellar drives and Russell has comprehensively outperformed rookie team-mate Nicholas Latifi, but points have remained hard to come by.

George Russell
nominated for
British Competition Driver of the Year

Rookie of the Year

Presented by Richard MilleOpen to professional racing drivers in their first season in their respective categories

Paul di Resta

It may seem strange to describe a former DTM champion and the veteran of 59 grands prix as a rookie, yet di Resta counted as just that in the 2019-20 World Endurance Championship. The Scot impressed in his first full season in LMP2, driving for United Autosports, and took the title together with Phil Hanson and Filipe Albuquerque.

Paul di Resta
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Oscar Piastri

This Australian had combined fantastic racecraft with pace to win the Formula Renault Eurocup crown in 2019, and he needed all those racing starts in his rookie FIA F3 season in 2020. Somehow, Piastri won a gripping three-way final-race fight for the crown with Prema Racing despite never qualifying on the front row.

Oscar Piastri
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Kalle Rovanpera

Son of 2001 Rally Sweden winner Harri Rovanpera, the 2019 WRC2 Pro champion has underlined his rising star status in his first full season in World Rally Car machinery. The Finn, who turned 20 in October, joined Sebastien Ogier and Elfyn Evans at Toyota and has already taken his first overall podium and stage wins.

Kalle Rovanpera
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Yuki Tsunoda

Carlin this season got its cheerful, humble, maximum-attack Japanese successor to its first ever champion, Takuma Sato. Red Bull and Honda protege Tsunoda has been an utter star in his rookie F2 season, with three poles, two wins and, the signals are, a surprise graduation to F1 for next year with AlphaTauri.

Yuki Tsunoda
nominated for
Rookie of the Year

Rally Driver of the Year

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

Elfyn Evans

Alongside six-time World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier at Toyota, Evans has been incredibly consistent this year. He has finished in the top four in each of the six rallies so far and, with one round to go, has a 14-point lead as he bids to be the first British WRC champion since 2001.

Elfyn Evans
nominated for
Rally Driver of the Year

Thierry Neuville

The perennial bridesmaid, Neuville started the season well with a victory on the Monte Carlo Rally. Things got away from the Belgian after that, but second places in Turkey and Italy have kept Neuville – winner of more 2020 stages than anyone else – in mathematical title contention.

Thierry Neuville
nominated for
Rally Driver of the Year

Sebastien Ogier

Having finally lost his crown in 2019, Ogier made the switch to Toyota, taking the slot vacated by world champion Ott Tanak. Predictably, Ogier was immediately a factor at the front, finishing second on the Monte Carlo Rally and winning round three in Mexico, though a retirement in Turkey could prove costly.

Sebastien Ogier
nominated for
Rally Driver of the Year

Ott Tanak

The reigning World Rally champion made a bold move in leaving Toyota and heading to Hyundai for 2020. Things didn’t start well, with an enormous off on the Monte Carlo Rally. But Tanak bounced back and won his home event in Estonia as the truncated season restarted in September.

Ott Tanak
nominated for
Rally Driver of the Year

National Driver of the Year

Open to drivers racing in the BTCC, British GT or at FIA F3/GP3 level

Phil Keen

Keen missed out on the British GT title again, but remained the championship’s star performer in 2020. Despite an influx of young talent, the 37-year-old remains the benchmark. As well as his two wins alongside Adam Balon, Keen also set fastest lap in seven of the nine races in a Barwell-run Lamborghini.

Phil Keen
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Harry King

Twelve wins from the 16 races, 13 fastest laps, unbeaten in qualifying until the finale and a driving style that rings every bit of performance – and more – out of the Porsche Carrera Cup GB car. King has been spectacular to watch and enjoyed incredible success this season, winning the title at a canter.

Harry King
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Ash Sutton

With the old BMR Subaru BTCC team effectively folding at the end of last season, it was a risk for Sutton and mentor Warren Scott to transfer the BMR engineering staff to Laser Tools Racing’s new Infiniti project. But Sutton drove the wheels off it, was the BTCC’s master overtaker, and was a deserving champion.

Ash Sutton
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Colin Turkington

The old Turkington/WSR/BMW combination has been the one to beat in the BTCC and the Northern Irishman only narrowly missed out on a fifth crown in 2020. As usual, he was the king of maximising the points while on heavy success ballast. He remains the classiest performer in the series.

Colin Turkington
nominated for
National Driver of the Year

Esports driver of the Year

Presented by Motorsport Games Open to competitors in top-level virtual motorsport contests

Sebastian Job

The 20-year-old British Red Bull competitor was crowned world champion in the prestigious Porsche Esports Supercup for the first time this year. Battling off some of the world’s top drivers on the iRacing platform, his victory was made even more impressive by the winning margin over 2019 champion Josh Rogers.

Sebastian Job
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Jarno Opmeer

Dutch driver Opmeer has placed himself as the firm favourite for the 2020 F1 Esports title with several dominant performances. He has also crossed over into other platforms, most notably as part of the Veloce Esports #23 entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual. He produced a number of impressive stint times as his team secured fifth.

Jarno Opmeer
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Josh Rogers

Despite conceding his Porsche title, the Australian Coanda Simsport driver had another impressive year. Rogers achieved victory in the GT class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, driving for Porsche alongside Nick Tandy, Ayhancan Guven and Tommy Ostgaard. He also displayed some impressive performances in Formula E’s Race at Home challenge and currently leads the Supercars Eseries.

Josh Rogers
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Nikodem Wisniewski

It has been a huge year for Williams Esports, and Wisniewski has been a pivotal figure. Claiming overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, with team-mates Louis Deletraz, Raffaele Marciello and Kuba Brzezinski, was the highlight. Wisniewski and Brzezinski, joined by Isaac Price, also won the Autosport International Invitational Le Mans Esports Series and took third in the Super Final.

Nikodem Wisniewski
nominated for
Esports driver of the Year

Racing Car of the Year

Presented by PirelliOpen to cars competing in any class of circuit racing

Audi RS5 DTM

In the final year of the DTM’s Class 1, Audi dominated. Rival BMW managed just two wins from 18 races as Abt and Rosberg RS5s set the pace. Five wins from the last six races brought Rene Rast his third crown, over early pacesetter Nico Muller.

Audi RS5 DTM
nominated for
Racing Car of the Year

DS E-Tense FE20

Such was the speed of the black-and-gold cars, even with brake-related qualifying issues, DS Techeetah brushed the opposition aside. Four wins from 11 races meant the team wrapped up a second successive constructors’ title, doing so with a massive 77-point advantage over Nissan e.dams.

DS E-Tense FE20
nominated for
Racing Car of the Year

Mercedes F1 W11

Many figures in the Formula 1 paddock, both within Mercedes and rival squads, believe the W11 could be the team’s best car yet. It started the season with a pace advantage not seen since the 1990s and clinched Mercedes’ record-breaking seventh consecutive F1 constructors’ title with four rounds to spare.

Mercedes F1 W11
nominated for
Racing Car of the Year

Toyota TS050 HYBRID

It’s not exactly a new design, but the TS050 secured its Le Mans 24 Hours hat-trick in 2020. Not only that, but it also remained the car to beat in the World Endurance Championship despite success penalties designed to help the rival privateer teams get on terms.

Toyota TS050 HYBRID
nominated for
Racing Car of the Year

Rally Car of the Year

Open to cars competing in rallying from international to national level

Ford Fiesta WRC

It was always going to be tough for the M-Sport squad to take on the manufacturer outfits of Hyundai and Toyota, but the Fiesta has remained a solid performer. Highlight of the season was probably Teemu Suninen’s third place on Rally Mexico in March

Ford Fiesta WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC

The i20 has won rallies with three different drivers – Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak and Dani Sordo – in 2020, helping Hyundai to a narrow lead in the manufacturers’ table with one round still to go. Will it be enough to retain its crown?

Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Mini JCW Buggy

Rally raids are among the most gruelling motorsport events and the Mini Buggy has been a standout over the past couple of seasons. Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel took a Mini 1-3 on the Dakar Rally in January, split only by experienced Nasser Al-Attiyah’s Toyota.

Mini JCW Buggy
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

Toyota Yaris WRC

Like Hyundai, Toyota has won half of the season’s rallies so far. The Yaris, which won this award last year, perhaps hasn’t had the pace advantage it enjoyed in 2019 but, if Rally Monza goes Toyota’s way, it could end up as a double title winner.

Toyota Yaris WRC
nominated for
Rally Car of the Year

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