We take a bow, motorsport champions 2019

Turkington sues for his fourth BTCC title

For the light of Formula 1, these drivers have proven themselves as true champions

Colin Turkington

The Portadown driver is not the most luxurious driver in the British Touring Championship, but as he showed by turning his record to a fourth title, he is definitely one of the best. He benefited from a fast running new BMW 3 Series but still drove brilliantly to fend off challenges from teammate Andrew Jordan and running Honda driver Dan Cammish.

Ott Tanak

At the Toyota Yaris WRC driver's Sebastien Ogier ended six years of the World Rally Championship headline performed in style, securing the crown with six event victories. The Estonian crash was prone early in his career, but his form this year has shown his development. He also distinguished himself by jumping ship against Toyota: he will defend his crown in the Hyundai i20 WRC.

Jamie Chadwick

This 21-year-old bath was the pre-season favorite for the first women's-only championship series Tue. She rose to those expectations brilliantly and also served as an excellent category representative that many were skeptical about. Chadwick represents a bright talent for the future - regardless of her gender and who she competes with.

Jean-Eric Vergne

Once fueled by Red Bull (well, the firm's drinking academy driver), Vergne rebuilt her Formula E career, the championship is powered by electricity. Despite the increasing level of competition in the single-seat championship, Vergne became the first driver to win a second drivers' title - and helped his team DS Techeetah secure the crown.

Fernando Alonso

Alonso kept himself busy in his first F1 season "in retirement". He won the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship crown and his second consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans title in a Toyota TS050 hybrid he shared with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima, and made his rally raid debut in preparation for the 2020 Dakar in a Toyota Hilux. He also returned to the Indianapolis 500, but since he didn't qualify, we won't dwell on what…

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Rising star

Robert Schwartzman: Since its founding in the 1950s, Formula 3 has been a testament to a true racer's talent and its last leading Russian was Robert Schwartzman, who this year won the first FIA F3 championship. The 20-year-old took three wins in the Formula 1 series and kept scoring consistently, allowing him to claim the crown at his home stage in Sochi with a couple of podium finishes. He is already a corresponding member of the Ferrari Academy for Young Talents and Formula 2 is likely to be next as he aims to emulate countryman Daniil Kvyat and make him to the top.

Яt was also a good year for…

Former McLaren protégé Nyck de Vries claimed the Formula 2 championship and staked that in the works of Mercedes' Formula E PLACE. Meanwhile, Nicholas Latifi turned runner-up (with the help of financial backing) into Williams' Formula 1 drive.

Chris Ingram became the first British driver since Vic Elford in 1967 to win the European Rally Championship. Another unlikely British success came at Pikes Peak, with Robin Shute setting the fastest time at a car show in a Wolf-Honda.

American Josef Newgarden earned his second IndyCar title and Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud became the first French Indy 500 winner since 1920 (in the process of turning it into a social media hype).

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