The votes are now in and
we have the results to what surely is the jewel in the 2007
karting crown – The 2007 Karting1 Awards, as
voted by the Karting1 Community.
Lid Of The Year
Best Looking Kart
Forumer Of The Year
Team of The Year
Junior/Cadet Driver Of The Year
Senior Driver Of The Year
So let's get on with announcing the winners of these most
prestigious awards -
Lid Of The Year Winner: Davide
Runnesr Up: Trevyn Jay
Nelson (18%) Will Dendy (18%) Jonathon Thonon (16%) David
Tan (4%) Sam Blake (4%) Luke Austin (2%)
He may be one of the most successful kart racers in history
and demand the respect of guys like Michael Schumacher, but
in 2007 Davide
Fore reached something very rarely seen in karting, and
maybe the world - Complete and utter perfection! His lid...
no... 'THE lid' produced by Lucky Design
reached a new level of design perfection that we may never
The fiery combination of reds, golds, yellows, oranges, and
silvers with the Maranello livery makes your heart skip a
beat. All hail Fore's lid!
Best Looking Kart Of The Year Winner:
Runners Up: Maranello (25%)
CRG (22%) TonyKart (11%) PCR (4%) Alonso (2%) Kosmic (2%)
It has been a turbulent year for Intrepid regarding their
racing program. But the 2007 Intrepid certainly looked the
nuts, and narrowly beat Maranello for 2007's best looking
Intrepid have always produced mint looking karts, and 2007
saw them release a striking livery, branded with Intrepid
down the side that certainly looked the shizzle.
Forumer Of The Year Winner: Rob
Runners Up: Chris Kasch
(25%) Aussie Bruce (8%) stephen 29 (8%) jasper (5%) Stefan
Rzadzinski (2%) Road_Rebel (2%) kai (2%)
Rob signed up to the forum over a year ago, and has since
ingrained himself into the fabric of the community. His informative
and witty replys to threads on any karting subject has made
him a forum favourite. Well done Rob!
Team Of The Year Winners: TonyKart
Joint Runners Up: PFi Internationa
(8%) CRG (8%) Maranello Racing (5%) GKS (5%) Birel (2%)
With 70% of the vote it was a complete land slide for TonyKart,
and let's face it... they have been unbeatable this year.
Winning the KF1 World/European Championship, along with numerous
International titles in 2007 has seen them completely dominate
the scene. It's now up to everyone else to pick up their game
to compete with the Italian giants.
The highest point for them was the World Championship where
TonyKart completed the 1-2 with Ardigo, and Catt. They were
the talk of the paddock and their team set up was just incredible.
The teamwork, and capabilities of the TonyKart team has been
Junior/Cadet Driver Of The Year Winner: Jack
Runners Up: Oliver
Rowland (22%) Jake Ball (22%) Luke Varley (5%) Ashley
Sutton (5%) Jack Dex (5%) Mackenzie
Taylor (2%) Brett Wykes (2%) T-Jay
Nelson (2%) Sam Blake (2%)
2007 has been one of 'those years' for Jack Harvey. An incredible
partnership with Maranello/XTR saw him completely dominate
the European KF3 scene bringing home the overall European
Championship. He added a victorious home coming to his collection
when he won the Kartmasters British GP in JICA.
Harvey has now moved to Birel where he will compete as a
Senior in KF2 in 2008.
Senior Driver Of The Year: Will
'el bandito' Dendy (15%)
Runners Up: Marco
Ardigo (13%) Martyn
Lyell (11%) Chris Rogers (8%) Gary
Catt (8%) Benjy Russel (8%) Davide Fore (6%) Jason Parrot
(4%) Jonathon Thonon (4%) Will Stevens (4%) Michael Ryall
(4%) Ben Cooper (4%)
Mark Litchfield (2%) Mike Simpson (2%)
The usual names that you would attach to such an award would
be Ardigo, Fore, Thonon, or Rodgers, but in 2007 one 'unknown'
driver has narrowly scooped the big one in a very tight vote
– Will Dendy. “Who the hell is Will Dendy?”
you ask. Some may recognize him as 'El Bandito' who appeared
in our KF1 test earlier this year, but he has been voted driver
of the year for a different reason. At only 20, he completely
funded his own racing in 2007 where he competed in the Super
1 TKM British Championship.
On a budget that would make even the average clubby wince
Dendy managed a 6th place in his very first final. When considering
the opposition he was up against, and the money they were
spending it was an incredible achievement. Only competing
in 5 of the 6 Super 1 rounds, he bagged 12# in the overall
championship gaining a seed.
With dedication, and an almost obsessed approach to the
art of driving, Dendy has managed to out perform his means.
Alan Dove 28/12/07