Crash is unveiling its top 100 from across the motorsport globe from 2017 with a countdown on each day until New Year’s Eve! Check back tomorrow for the top 80-61 entries and let us know if we’ve made the right choices.

100. Christina Nielsen - IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, GTD champion

Christina Nielsen continued to establish herself as one of the fastest female racers in the world through 2017 by taking a second successive GTD crown in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Partnering Alessandro Balzan at the Ferrari-backed Scuderia Corsa team, Nielsen bounced back from a retirement in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to go on a six-race streak of podiums, with victory at Laguna Seca and a fightback from early trouble at Petit Le Mans being enough for the championship.

99. Callum Ilott - FIA European Formula 3 Championship, 4th

British youngster Callum Ilott had his sights on the FIA European F3 title in 2017 in his third season in the series, and despite winning on the opening weekend at Silverstone, it proved to be a difficult campaign that ultimately ended with a fourth-place finish in the final standings.

Ilott continued to stand out as one of the UK’s finest young drivers, though, winning the qualifying race at Macau and fighting for the lead early on before contact knocked him out. Ilott has now joined Ferrari’s driver academy, and is an early favourite to fight for the GP3 title in 2018.

98. Artem Markelov – FIA Formula 2 championship, 2nd

The 23-year-old looked a certain Formula 2 title-contender for 2017 after three building years in the series, formerly called the GP2 Series, with experienced squad Russian Time. The Russian got off to the perfect start with victory in the season opener Bahrain feature race but quickly dropped off the pace with his next victory coming until round five in the Red Bull Ring sprint race.

Ultimately, Markelov couldn’t keep up with storming rookie Charles Leclerc and conceded the title at the penultimate round in Jerez but two wins in the final three races plus a maiden pole position in Abu Dhabi secured him the runner-up spot.

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97. Lance Stroll – FIA Formula 1 world championship, 12th

The only fully-fledged rookie on the 2017 Formula 1 grid, Lance Stroll came under immense pressure at the start of the season with three consecutive DNFs. Slowly but surely the Canadian teenager found his feet at Williams with a first points finish at his home race with ninth place.

Stroll stormed the headlines by becoming the youngest-ever F1 rostrum finisher in the frantic Baku race which was backed up by five points finishes to close out the year and just three points behind experienced Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.

96. Sylvain Guintoli – BSB, WSBK, MotoGP and Suzuka 8 Hours

While the results on paper won’t be kind reading to the 2014 World Superbike champion, Guintoli demonstrated his versatility over multiple series and disciplines. A full BSB campaign with Bennetts Suzuki may not have yielded the expected results but landing Suzuki’s first series victory with the new Superbike will be a key feat having finished 13th in the riders’ championship.

Guintoli secured replacement rides at Puccetti Kawasaki for the final two rounds of the World Superbike championship with a quartet of top eight finishes on an unfamiliar machine, while arguably his best test was as Alex Rins’s stand-in for three rounds in MotoGP where he secured three strong finishes and briefly led star rider Andrea Iannone. An appearance at the Suzuka 8 Hours for the factory Suzuki squad was an added bonus.

95. Dan Ticktum - Macau Grand Prix winner

Dan Ticktum made his return to full-time racing in 2017 after serving his year-long ban for dangerous driving in an MSA Formula event, taking a race win in the Eurocup Formula Renault series.

The British youngster also signed up with Red Bull’s junior programme and made five GP3 appearances, but most notably stole the show at the Macau Grand Prix by taking a shock win from P8 on the grid after dodging a chaotic final corner clash between the two race leaders.

94. Daniel Serra - Stock Car Brasil champion; Le Mans class winner

Daniel Serra made an impressive start to life in the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2017, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the first attempt with Aston Martin Racing in the GTE-Pro class, but did not return after the sixth round of the season.

Serra’s attention turned to his stock car duties in Brazil, where he won the championship at the final race of the season at Interlagos.

93. Luke Mossey - British Superbikes, 9th

2017 was somewhat of a breakthrough campaign in BSB for Luke Mossey with his maiden race wins in the series with a double at Brands Hatch Indy and by the mid-season break in May he was leading the championship ahead of the likes of Shane Byrne, Leon Haslam and Josh Brookes.

A nasty crash during practice at Thruxton ruled Mossey out of two rounds and despite a comeback at Silverstone the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider missed out on the Showdown but ultimately down to his injury.

92. Mattias Ekstrom - DTM, 2nd; FIA World RX, 2nd

Super Swede Mattias Ekstrom continued to race on two fronts in 2017, balancing duties in DTM with defending his FIA World RX title.

Ekstrom came within four points of a third DTM title, losing out to Rene Rast at the final race of the year, while a disappointing run of form midway through the World RX season cost him dearly in the battle against Johan Kristoffersson. Nevertheless, it was a valiantly-fought and exciting year once again.

91. Tiago Monteiro - WTCC, 8th

Tiago Monteiro was in with a good chance of claiming his maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship crown, only for a testing crash in Barcelona to leave him hospitalised and rule him out of the second half of the season.

The ex-Formula 1 driver led the championship by four points at the time of his accident, and still finished eighth despite missing the final 10 races. Eventual champion Thed Bjork even acknowledged that Monteiro’s absence played a big part in his title win.

90. Colin Turkington – British Touring Car Championship, 2nd

The two-time BTCC champion returned to BMW machinery for 2017 to revitalise his career and was a title contender throughout the year in a fiercely competitive campaign.

Turkington’s consistency, which included eight podiums in the space of 11 races in the middle third of the season, placed him prime in the title fight but a crash in the season finale denied him a shot at the title against Ashley Sutton at Brands Hatch.

89. Andre Lotterer - FIA WEC LMP1, 4th; Super Formula, 6th

Andre Lotterer’s 2017 ended in much the same way his 2016 did as his factory team - first Audi, then Porsche - quit the LMP1 class of the WEC at the end of the season. The German’s success has been such through the years that a winless year in sports cars is very rare, yet even with seven podiums in the WEC, the top step always eluded him.

Two wins were lost when his Porsche team had to pull over to let the championship-leading sister car through, while a fourth overall Le Mans title was lost in dramatic fashion when his car stopped on-track. Lotterer equipped himself well once again in Super Formula also, taking one win and two podiums en route to P6 in the final standings.

88. Oliver Jarvis - FIA WEC LMP2, 2nd

Oliver Jarvis landed on his feet after losing his Audi LMP1 drive by joining the ambitious Jackie Chan DC Racing squad in LMP2, and almost scored that elusive overall victory at Le Mans at the first attempt in one of motorsport’s stand-out stories of the year.

Porsche ultimately fought back to deny DC Racing a famous win, but they still took P2 overall and class victory. Jarvis teamed up with Ho-Pin Tung and Thomas Laurent to take three wins in LMP2 this year, only to fall agonisingly short and lose the title in the final 40 minutes of the season finale in Bahrain.

87. Kris Meeke – World Rally Championship, 7th

Kris Meeke endured a contrast to the extremes in 2017 on his full-time return to WRC with Citroen after a year of development. Four retirements from the opening seven rounds and just one points finish proved frustrating for the Northern Irish driver which was somewhat fuelled by the knowledge he had event-winning potential with his victory at Rally Mexico in that stretch.

A spell on the side lines for Rally Poland refocused Meeke for the end of season run-in which saw him win again in Spain plus three additional points finishes in Finland, Wales Rally GB and Australia with just one DNF which gave him Germany.

86. Pol Espargaro – MotoGP, 17th

After cutting ties with Yamaha for a fresh challenge at KTM, Espargaro demonstrated his talents at the rapidly-improving squad which went from back-marker to top ten contender during 2017. Points in all but seven races aided his credentials and consistency while best results of ninth places in Brno and Phillip Island showed glimpses of stronger things to come in 2018 from the Spaniard combined with the Austrian manufacturer.

85. Jari-Matti Latvala – World Rally Championship, 4th

After Volkswagen’s 11th-hour exit from WRC at the end of 2016, Latvala quickly switched to lead driver of the new Toyota Gazoo Racing project and enjoyed a near-perfect start with a second place and a victory in Monte Carlo and Sweden. Toyota’s early edge was somewhat tempered as the Finn failed to reach the rostrum again until Italy. Latvala endured a slightly damp end to the year with just two points finishes over the final six events saw him slip to fourth in the final WRC drivers’ standings.

84. Kazuki Nakajima - FIA WEC LMP1, 2nd

One year on from his heartbreaking stoppage on the final lap at Le Mans, Kazuki Nakajima’s hopes of making up for the victory were dashed overnight as yet more reliability woe hit Toyota, leaving him to settle for a disappointing sixth place finish overall.

Nakajima and teammate Sebastien Buemi carried Anthony Davidson for much of the season as the trio took a record five wins in a single WEC campaign, only to still lose the title with one race to spare, such was the cost of their Le Mans defeat.

Nakajima also took a win and one further podium in Super Formula to finish fifth overall in the final championship standings.

83. Elfyn Evans, World Rally Championship, 5th

The Welsh driver jumped back into a full-season WRC campaign with DMACK M-Sport Ford and produced his best-ever season result with fifth in the overall standings. A pair of near-misses for victories in Argentina and Finland in second place demonstrated what was to come from Evans and he duly delivered in style at his home event at Wales Rally GB.

Evans missed out on points in just two events all year, consistency only bettered by WRC champion Sebastien Ogier, to demonstrate his talents in the premier class.

82. Will Power - IndyCar, 5th

Will Power may have only ended the Verizon IndyCar Series season fifth overall, but he once again proved himself to be one of the most talented racers in the championship with a strong campaign.

Power took six poles through the year, more than any other driver, and had it not been for a retirement from the Indy 500, he would likely have been in the thick of the title fight at the end of the season, losing out on the chance to capitalise on the double points on offer.

Further chances to win from pole were lost in St. Petersburg, Alabama and Gateway, but his domination in the Indianapolis GP and races at Texas and Pocono - the latter after a front and rear wing failure - was evidence that he remains at the very top of his game.

81. Aleix Espargaro – MotoGP, 15th

The driving force behind Aprilia’s 2017 developments in MotoGP as a consistent top ten contender highlighted by best results in two sixth place finishes at Losail and Aragon respectively.

Seven top ten results throughout the season demonstrated the Spaniard’s capabilities equipped with the factory Aprilia, albeit with a handful of crashes denying him the consistency to back it up. A late season hand injury effectively cut his season short having skipped the Malaysia race, crashed out of the Phillip Island and Valencia races and missed post-season testing due to injury.

Crash is unveiling its top 100 from across the motorsport globe from 2017 with a countdown on each day until New Year’s Eve! Check back tomorrow for the top 80-61 entries and let us know if we’ve made the right choices.

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