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2017 PMWX Awards: Shortlist announced!

Ahead of the this year’s event, the 2017 Professional MotorSport World Expo Awards shortlist has been announced. As with every year, we have to thank our readers for the quantity and quality of nominations made for this year’s awards. In combination with our own suggestions, we feel that 2017 has been one of the most diverse, yet strongest years of recent time.

2017 has seen several championships undergo wide sweeping regulations changes, which have resulted in faster cars but much closer competition. In addition to this, the electrification of both road and competition cars continues apace, as represented by the increasing presence of electric technologies in the nominations. Celebrating the very best of all forms of motorsport, here is the 2017 Professional Motorsport World Expo Awards finalists.

The shortlist, as nominated by PMW readers, staff members and industry professionals is:

Race Car of the Year
• M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC
• Audi Sport RS3 LMS
• Cadillac DPI- V.R
• Porsche 911 RSR
• Lexus LS500 GT500

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Motorsport Team of the Year
• DJR Team Penske
• ABT Sportsline
• J.A.S. Motorsport
• Jackie Chan DC Racing
• Renault e.Dams
• PSRX Volkswagen Sweden

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Motorsport Technology of the Year
• Michelin Pilot Sport EV Formula E season three tire
• ZF Motorsport Formula 1 damper
• Bosch CAS-M3 Collision Avoidance System
• MotorDrive MD-10
• Stratsys FDM Nylon 12CF material
• DJR Team Penske Supercars leg protection
• Toyota & FIA THUMS project
• Brembo MotoGP Carbon Disc Brake
• BMW M/ Topometric 3D digitzation and serial measurement cell

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Powertrain Innovation of the Year
• Gibson Technology GK428
• ECR/ Cadillac LT-R 6.2-liter V8
• Rohm Semiconductor’s SiC diode
• KTM ‘Big Bang’ V4
• Mercedes-AMG M08 EQ Power+ 1.6-liter V6
• Mahindra Racing M3Electro

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Race Series of the Year
• Formula E
• TCR International
• IMSA Weathertech United Sports Cars
• Blancpain Endurance Series
• Virgin Australia Supercars
• FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Motorsport Engineer of the Year
• Ludo Lacroix, competition director, DJR Team Penske
• Franco Chiocchetti, technical director, Abt Sportsline
• Chris Williams, head of rally engineer, M-Sport
• Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser vice president of Motorsport and GT cars Porsche
• Carl Faux, lead engineer, Team B.M.R.

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Motorsport Facility of the Year
• Thermal Club, California, USA
• SpeedPark Ningbo, China
• Martinsville, USA
• Marina Bay GP circuit, Singapore
• Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, Portugal
• Red Hook, Brooklyn street circuit, USA

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

Outstanding Contribution to Motorsport
A new category for 2016, and back once again, the Outstanding Contribution to Motorsport Award honours those who have gone above and beyond what is required in this industry - often at great personal expense.
• David Richards, Prodrive
• Alejandro Agag – Formula E
• Stephane Ratel, SRO Group
• Gian Paolo Dallara, Dallara

A high-resolution image gallery of all the finalists in this category can be found on the PMW Expo Facebook page.

UK Young Rally Driver of the Year

• Sam Adams
• Lwi Price Edwards
• James Hall
• Steven Jones
• Eddie Lewis
• Tom Llewellin
• Ioan Lloyd
• Elliot Payne
• Tom Rawlings
• Ewan Tindall
• Robert Wilson

The winners will be announced on November 15th; the first evening of the 2017 Professional MotorSport World Expo.

Written by John O'Brien


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