Fernando Alonso has reclaimed Crash.net's
Racer of the Year honours for F1, after just edging out fellow Spaniard and MotoGP star Dani Pedrosa.
Alonso's victory redresses the balance after MotoGP's Casey Stoner beat F1's Jenson Button to last year's inaugural 'best of the best' vote.
Pedrosa, like Alonso, finished as title runner-up in 2012 and it was notable that the sharp end of this year's Racer of the Year result features three competitors who did not win their respective championships.
Also notable was that Alonso's rating of 7.8 out of ten – as voted by Crash.net
readers – would not have beaten either Stoner or Button in last year's poll...
Alonso, however, becomes the second winner of the award, with World Superbikes runner-up Tom Sykes completing the podium after squeezing WRC king Sebastian Loeb - the highest ranked 2012 champion - out of a tightly-packed top three.
Loeb was comfortably ahead of the next contender, BSB champion Shane Byrne, while BTCC champion Gordon Shedden headed Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar), Luiz Razia (GP2) and Brad Keselowski (NASCAR) in the remainder of the rankings after this year's poll took into account just the winners of the respective series votes.
About the vote:
Now in its second year, the 2012 Racer of the Year vote asked Crash.net
viewers to compare nine top performers across the leading motorsport championships.
The group comprised the winners from each of the individual championship votes, carried out after the close of the 2012 racing seasons.
Viewers were asked to award each driver/rider with a score out of ten, the average value of which was used to determine who you thought was 'best of the best' in 2012. Voting, which was open for one week, closed on January 14.
Crash.net's Racer of the Year - Top 3:
1. Fernando Alonso
ESP Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro (F1) - 7.8
out of 10
2. Dani Pedrosa
ESP Repsol Honda (MotoGP) - 7.7
3. Tom Sykes
GBR Kawasaki (WSBK) - 7.6
for the full results...