New entry

At a glance

  • WTCR champion
  • Five wins in 30 WTCR races
  • Five further podiums
  • Four poles
Norbert Michelisz

It would be easy to underplay Michelisz's World Touring Car Cup title success by highlighting the win-at-all-costs approach often implemented by his team and manufacturer, which included the compliance of his three team-mates, given it was clear as early as May's Zandvoort round that he was the squad's main hope.

But underestimate the Hungarian at your peril. This was a 10th full season in World Touring Cars for Michelisz, who has won at least one race every year during that spell, yet only five years before that he was a gamer who had just completed his first test in a racing car with future long-time team boss Zoltan Zengo.

Yes, BRC and Hyundai effectively nominated him as their title hopeful at the fourth round of 10, but it's not as though it was a position Michelisz hadn't earned. He'd claimed three podiums before that, and justified that faith by winning races without assistance at the next two events.

This was without doubt Michelisz's most complete campaign to date, even taking a sub-par opening round in Marrakech into account, and, with five victories to his name, he won more races than any other WTCR driver this year. Even in the final race of the year after a tentative start, he regrouped and caught back up to main rival Guerrieri before the Argentinian was taken out of contention.

A place on this list is recognition of the achievements of one of the perennially underrated drivers in the tin-top sphere.