Driver Of The Month 2017 - SJN Photography

2017 saw the start of the SJN Photography Driver Of The Month award. This was awarded to the driver that stood out to me across a race weekend in the month. Below are the winners of the 2017 awards, the feature is coming back for 2018 

April Winner - Rob Armitage

Rob Armitage - Congratulations to Rob Armitage of JLR racing, for winning driver of the month! Rob competed in the 750mc road sports race at Donington, up against tough competition he finished 7th overall and 2nd in class finishing above the more powerful BMWs, Hondas and Lotus.

May Winner - Tim Penstone - Smith

Tim Penstone - Smith - A superb drive from Tim at Silverstone in the Locost championship saw him finish on the podium for the first time in his locost career. A fine 2nd place and 5th place has put Tim in 6th place in the championship.. Well done Tim! 

June Winner - Oliver Batten

Oliver Batten - Well done to driver of the month Oliver Batten, racing in his no. 11 locost he qualified in 6th place.. Race 1 - Oliver was in a battle for the lead and eventually finished in 2nd his best finish in locost, Race 2 - again Oliver was in a battle for the lead and finished 2nd again. Unfortunately mechanical issues led to a non start in race 3.. lets hope theres more trophies to come!

July Winners - Ben Rushworth & Marcus Ward

Marcus Ward & Ben Rushworth - Well I couldn't choose just one driver this time! Congratulations to Marcus Ward - Classic Stock Hatch and Ben Rushworth - Hot Hatch..Marcus had difficult competition in the form of ex BTCC legend Anthony Reid, Marcus was leading in race 1 until the red flag, upon the restart Anthony Reid managed to claim victory... Race 2 saw a dominant display from Marcus to claim the race win and hold of Reid beating him by over 5 seconds..Ben in his Honda Integra grabbed pole position from the dominant fiestas, race 1 was a hard fought contest in the heat and Ben finished a fine 2nd, Race 2 was were Ben took control and took a well deserved victory, the first driver to beat the fiestas this season.

August Winner - James Harridge

James Harridge - Congratulations to James Harridge who is this months, driver of the month.. After terrible luck throughout the first part of this season, James had a trouble free weekend and won the 50th Anniversary races in some style.. Completely dominating qualifying and both races.. Lets hope this is the start many more victories.. Well done James!

September Winner - Jason Ballantyne

Jason Ballantyne - Jason had a strong weekend at Silverstone qualifying 3rd for the first time, for the two races on Saturday afternoon.. Race 1 was a hard fought battle with Mark Grice, Jason just missed out on victory but still finished a fine 2nd place. With the reserve grid for race 2, Jason started P9 but worked his way up to take the win and his first victory in the Civic Cup.. oh and also managed to break the lap record as well! Congratulations Jason!

October Winner - Steve Hewson

Steve Hewson - Congratulations Steve Hewson, who dominated the Roadsports race, starting in P3 for the race, Steve would of been hoping to hang onto a podium with some class A cars behind. Then the rain came causing the safety car to be released, as rivers began to form on track. Pit stops took place once the window was open and Steve went for the lead on lap 14, never looking back he drove away in the wet conditions to win by 22 seconds.. beating the more powerful class A cars, winning the race outright and class B. Well done Steve!

November Winner - Ben Miloudi

Ben Miloudi - Congratulations to Formula Vee champion Ben Miloudi, who is this months driver of the month! After a tense battle at Donington, Ben came out on top, with 3rd and 5th place finishes in his Sheane which began to sound very sick towards the end of the 2nd race creating some nervy moments! Adam Macaulay tried all he could to overhaul the points deficit. Bens consistency through the season meant the troubles of the Anglesey meeting didn't scupper his chances of becoming the Formula Vee champion in the championships 50th year.

December Winner - Stefano Leaney

Credit to Joshua Barrett Photography 

Stefano Leaney - Stefano Leaney moved into car racing for the first time in 2017 and claimed the Bikesports title with his Radical PR6. He went into the 67th running of the Birkett Relay on the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit as his Endurance racing debut with his PR6. He starred throughout the event – he started in third place for the ‘Breakell Racing Heroes’ team but had taken the lead by half way around the opening lap. Despite a spin, his impressive opening stint gave the team over half a minute advantage. He ran 41 laps during the event and set the quickest lap time of the event by over a second in a race which featured 317 drivers, in 70 teams on a very busy circuit. Leaney’s performance helped the team take second overall on Scratch. Leaney went on to compete in three Britcar Endurance races – at Oulton Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch. There he raced a Radical RXC alongside Rob Wheldon, where he won the two-hour encounter in impressive fashion at Brands. A fantastic month of racing for Leaney in a very impressive first season. (Written by Joshua Barrett)

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