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Thursday, 22 December 2016 00:00

Season in review: Top 10 drivers of 2016

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Championship standings don't always tell the true story of a driver's season, with some underachieving in strong teams and others overachieving with smaller teams.

V8X Supercar Magazine ranks the top 10 drivers of 2016 in our season in review edition, issue #96.

Issue #96 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #96.

Shane van Gisbergen unsurprisingly leads the way as the Supercars champion and Pirtek Endurance Cup winner.

Big things were expected of van Gisbergen in his first season with Triple Eight Race Engineering and he delivered victory in the second event of the season in Tasmania.

In the second half of the season the Kiwi truly hit his stride with victories at four consecutive events in Darwin, Townsville, Ipswich and Sydney, plus three second places and a win in the endurance races, to hold off his more experienced teammate in the points.

Elsewhere, Nick Percat may have only finished in 18th in the championship but once again punched above his weight at Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport, earning him a move to Brad Jones Racing in 2017.

He won the Clipsal 500 Adelaide by staying out of trouble in treacherous conditions, adding a top 10 in Sandown and podium at Bathurst to his impressive tally.

Moving from Prodrive Racing Australia to Erebus Motorsport appeared to be a significant step back 
for David Reynolds.

Yet he seemed to embrace the role of team leader with a top five on debut with the team in Adelaide, fastest race laps at Winton and Bathurst and a podium in Sydney.

Where did they rank in the top 10? And who made the cut and who missed out?

CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of issue #96 to find out.

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Event Date
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3368

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3354

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

2935

 4

 Craig Lowndes

2925

 5

 David Reynolds

2687

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2438

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

2354

 8

 Rick Kelly

2354

 9

 Scott Pye

2248

 10

 Nick Percat

2053

 Full points table