is unveiling its top 100 drivers and riders from across the motorsport world from 2018 with a countdown on each day until New Year’s Eve! Check back tomorrow for the top 80-61 entries, and let us know in the comments if we’ve made the right choices.

100. Bradley Ray - British Superbikes, 6th

A standout rookie campaign in 2017 as top Suzuki rider gave Ray momentum going into 2018 and in freezing conditions at the season opener at Donington Park he became the surprise early championship leader with a dominant double victory.

Despite never dipping outside of the top six in the standings, the 21-year-old’s campaign floundered throughout the summer rounds until Cadwell Park where a timely double podium gathered enough points to ultimately secure a Showdown spot.

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While his season ended with disappointing results for sixth place in the championship, Ray also caught the eye with a World Superbike wildcard debut plus a sparkling maiden Suzuka 8 Hour outing with the factory Suzuki squad.

99. Juri Vips - European Formula 3, 4th

Following up on his title-winning 2017 ADAC Formula 4 season, Vips made the step up to FIA European Formula 3 with Motopark. After an initial slow start to his rookie campaign, Vips impressed with his raw pace and race-craft, scoring a maiden win at third round at the Norisring.

It proved a breakthrough weekend for the 18-year-old Estonian, who went on to claim a second-place finish in the Norisring finale, before three more victories followed at Silverstone, Misano and Hockenheim as he rounded out the season a strong fourth in the championship, and runner-up in the Rookies’ standings.

98. Carlos Sainz Snr – Dakar Rally 2018, champion

One of very few members of this year’s 2018 list to gain a spot exclusively from one event but at the age of 55 claiming victory at one of the most gruelling races on the planet is a feat that could not be ignored.

Sainz, a winner of the Dakar Rally in 2010 with Volkswagen, had come close on a couple of occasions but in 2018 luck and strategy came together as his rivals faltered to allow him to charge into the lead on the closing stages despite taking just two stage wins across the entire event.

97. Xavi Fores – World Superbike championship, 7th

The standout non-factory World Superbike rider across the past three seasons, Fores picked up where he left off in 2018 with an eye-catching campaign which included five trips to the rostrum to see him secure the Independents’ title.

Fores found greater consistency to go with his standout performances this year, most notably second place in Thailand’s race one, while in race two in Argentina he was the sole rider who could take the challenge to the dominance of Jonathan Rea. Reputation enhanced over the past three years, Fores heads for a fresh challenge in British Superbikes and a factory Honda ride in 2019.

96. Max Fewtrell - Formula Renault Eurocup, 1st

The 2016 British F4 champion turned in convincing title assault in his second year in the Formula Renault Eurocup. Fewtrell scored six victories and six pole positions on his way to beating fellow Renault Formula 1 Academy driver Christian Lundgaard to the championship crown.

A stretch of six consecutive races on the podium - including three straight wins across German rounds at the Nurburgring and Hockenheim - proved key to his success as title rival Lundgaard suffered back-to-back retirements.

95. Robert Shwartzman - European Formula 3, 3rd

Ferrari junior Shwartzman headed into his maiden European F3 campaign off the back of winning the 2018 Toyota Racing Series - his first championship title in single-seaters - having previously finished third in the Formula Renault Eurocup and Italian F4 championships.

A remarkably consistent run of 18 races inside in the points during the second half of 2018 enabled Shwartzman to rise up the championship order, while the 19-year-old Russian’s form also helped him achieve the Rookies’ title with two victories in the final two events of the year.

94. Artem Markelov - Formula 2, 5th

While Markelov was unable to improve on his second-place finish in the 2017 standings, the Russian Time driver continued his usual standards of eccentric race-craft and memorable performances across the course of the season.

Early-season car troubles thwarted Markelov’s qualifying results but that did not stop him from storming to the podium from a pitlane start in the Bahrain season-opener, which he followed up with victory in the sprint race. Despite not adding to his tally of three wins in the second half of the campaign, a consistent run was enough to secure fifth place in the championship in his fifth and final year in the series.

93. Ho-Pin Tung – WEC LMP2, 1st (season ongoing)

The only remaining member of Jackie Chan DC Racing’s 2017 Le Mans-winning line-up to continue through to 2018, Ho-Pin Tung has emerged as team leader once again for the Chinese outfit in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Partnering Stephane Richelmi and silver-rated Gabriel Aubry in the #37 Oreca 07 Gibson, Tung has picked up three wins in the opening five rounds of the WEC Super Season, putting the trio in the lead of the drivers’ championship at the end of the calendar year.

While a second Le Mans win eluded Tung, the Dutch-born Chinese racer has once again established himself as one of the lead runners in the WEC’s LMP2 class this year, 12 months on from the agonising defeat in Bahrain to Rebellion Racing.

92. Andrea Iannone – MotoGP, 10th

A campaign of ‘what ifs’ for the mercurial Italian rider who still produced the second-best MotoGP campaign of his career despite being told by Suzuki he’d be let go at the end of 2018. Four podiums across the campaign, including second place at Phillip Island, masked missed opportunities having been favoured for victory in Australia.

It was certainly not a disastrous season but one which promised much but ultimately under-delivered having seen Alex Rins end the year in fifth place in the standings in just his second year in the premier class.

91. Marco Melandri – World Superbike, 5th

A second unpredictable Italian rider in a row, with Melandri starting the year with a storming double victory at Phillip Island, but it proved to be his only wins of the season as he struggled for consistency on the aging Racing Ducati Panigale R.

Melandri eventually slipped to fifth place in the riders’ standings, scoring almost 60 points fewer than teammate Chaz Davies, in a frustrating campaign for the Italian.

90. Can Oncu – Red Bull Rookies, 1st, CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship 7th, Moto3, 24th

The Turkish teenager made history in November with victory on debut as a Moto3 wildcard for Red Bull KTM in Valencia by becoming the youngest-ever Grand Prix winner aged 15 years and 115 days while also the first rider to win on debut since Noboru Ueda achieved the feat back in 1991.

Can Oncu, along with twin brother Deniz, had already been catching the eye in the Red Bull Rookies’ Cup storming to a 1-2 – with Can claiming the title – while also impressing in the CEV Moto3 Junior class with seventh place in the final riders’ standings highlighted by three rostrums.Not turning 16 until late July next year, Oncu benefits from a 2018 rule change to compete at the level he’s already reached and all eyes will turn to the Turk ahead of his rookie Moto3 campaign next season.

89. Nyck de Vries - Formula 2, 4th

A switch to leading F2 outfit Prema provided de Vries with the opportunity to mix it up in the championship fight as he emerged as an outsider in the 2018 title battle. He managed two poles and three wins across the season on his way to improving to fourth in the standings, 85 points behind champion and Williams-bound F1 driver George Russell.

A pair of feature race wins in Hungary, where he charged past Lando Norris on a drying track in the latter stages, and domination at Spa following the summer break, proved standout moments of a strong sophomore F2 campaign for de Vries.

88. Daniel Abt - Formula E, 5th

The 2017/18 Formula E season marked Abt’s best yet in the all-electric series as he, along with teammate Lucas di Grassi, helped Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler end Renault e.dams’ previous stranglehold at the top of the teams’ championship.

Abt had to wait to claim his breakthrough Formula E victory after he was disqualified from the season-opening Hong Kong round having finished first on the road. Redemption was completed three races later in Mexico as the German sealed a memorable maiden win, which he followed up with a further victory on home soil in Berlin.

87. Tom Ingram - British Touring Car Championship, 2nd

Ingram enjoyed his best season to date in the BTCC as he took the 2018 title fight with BMW’s Colin Turkington down to the wire, with the Speedworks Motorsport driver ultimately missing out on the title by just 12 points.

Ingram was one of the most consistent performers in 2018, as he finished outside of the points on just five occasions and claimed three wins en route to taking the Independent Drivers’ Trophy.

86. Ryan Hunter-Reay – IndyCar, 4th

Ryan Hunter-Reay may still be waiting for a second IndyCar crown following his 2012 success, but the American racer was one of the strongest racers in the series once again this year, even with greater competition from within the Andretti team from Alexander Rossi.

Hunter-Reay managed to score victories in Detroit and at the season finale at Sonoma, as well as picking up P2 finishes at Barber, Detroit again, Road America and Portland. Had it not been for a string of DNFs – he finished no higher than seventh between Road America and Portland – late in the year, he may well have been in genuine title contention.

With Andretti on the rise against Penske and Ganassi, Hunter-Reay looks more ready than ever to grab a second IndyCar crown.

85. Joan Mir – Moto2, 6th

Entering his rookie Moto2 campaign as reigning Moto3 world champion still gave Mir a mighty learning curve, not to mention against long-time Moto2 front-runner Alex Marquez and the Marc VDS squad, but the Spaniard became the standout debutant.

A consistent top 10 fighter highlighted by four rostrums across the campaign, even though the top step of the podium evaded him, Mir’s efforts attracted Suzuki to snap-up the 21-year-old before any of its MotoGP rivals to replace Andrea Iannone in its line-up.

84. Felix Rosenqvist – Formula E, 6th; Super GT, 11th

Even for a man who is known to drive pretty much anything with four wheels and an engine, Felix Rosenqvist took that to a newe level through 2018 as he completed two full-season campaigns, as well as a number of high-profile guest appearances.

Rosenqvist started the year in style with victory in Marrakesh to thrust himself into the Formula E title race, only for his form in the all-electric series to fade as the season wore on. Retirements in Mexico City and Rome hurt his chances, before a mistake in an all-or-nothing move in Berlin all but ended his chances of winning the title.

The Swede also raced in Super GT, often running as one of the fastest rookies, and made a second appearance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as well as at the Spa 24.

It all added up to a year that got Rosenqvist a long-awaited shot at IndyCar for 2019, when he will partner Scott Dixon at Chip Ganassi Racing. But don’t be surprised if you see him pop up in at least one other series through 2019.

83. Danilo Petrucci – MotoGP, 8th

While Petrucci rarely grabbed the headlines in 2018, it was still a vital campaign which ultimately led to him securing a factory Ducati ride for 2019 following the exit of Jorge Lorenzo.

Just the single podium, second place at Le Mans, somewhat clouds an impressive campaign by the Italian on the Pramac Ducati who outscored big-name rivals like Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Iannone while using customer machinery. Pressure will be on the 28-year-old in 2019 alongside Andrea Dovizioso to match his new team-mate’s results on what is already tipped as the fastest bike on the grid.

82. Yvan Muller – WTCR, 2nd

The first year of the new FIA WTCR championship saw the old boys roll back the clock as 49-year-old Yvan Muller and 56-year-old Gabriele Tarquini went toe-to-toe for the title.

A four-time WTCC champion, Muller was back to his very best in 2018 after a year out of racing. He was back on the podium in just his third race, and on the top step at his seventh at the Nordschleife.

A rocky patch through the middle of the year was costly to Muller, who, despite finishing strongly with two podium finishes in Macau, fell three points short of Tarquini in the final title race. Nevertheless, it was a hugely impressive showing from the Frenchman, proving it’s never too late to roll back the clock.

81. Carlos Sainz Jr. - Formula 1, 10th

The highly-rated Spaniard enjoyed another strong season to finish inside the top 10 in the drivers’ championship, having helped Renault clinch its best result since returning to F1 as a works squad with his drive to sixth in Abu Dhabi.

That proved to be Sainz’s highest finish of the year as he struggled to match the consistency of Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg, who managed an extra 16 points. Some reliability issues hampered the second half of his campaign as Sainz failed to replicate the consistent levels he had produced by scoring points in seven of the opening eight rounds.