Driver Of The Year

Driver Of The Year

The Driver of the Year ran for the first time at White City in 1974 with Rod Falding (36) taking his first and only win, ahead of Stuart Smith (391).

Across the eleven stagings of the event the title was only contested at three tracks. White City staged seven out of the first eight with only Nelson staging the championship in this period. For the final three years in 1982 – 1984 the race was held at Rochdale with John Lund (53) taking the win in the last staging to date in 1984.

Only two drivers have successfully managed to win more than once with Frankie Wainman (212) on two wins and Stuart Smith (391) winning the title three times.

Most Wins By A Driver

1Stuart Smith (391)3
2Frankie Wainman (212)2

Most Podiums By A Driver

1Mike Close (199)7
2Stuart Smith (391)6
3Frankie Wainman Snr (212)5
4Len Wolfenden (190)3
5Doug Cronshaw (396)2

Full List Of Winners

1974White CityRod Falding (36)Stuart Smith (391)Dave Chisholm (252)
1975White CityDoug Cronshaw (396)Willie Harrison (2)Stuart Bamforth (3)
1976NelsonMike Close (199)Doug Cronshaw (396)Stuart Smith (391)
1977White CityStuart Smith (391)Frankie Wainman (212)Mike Close (199)
1978White CityStuart Smith (391)Dave Hodgson (272)Frankie Wainman (212)
1979White CityStuart Smith (391)Mike Close (199)Andy Stott (160)
1980White CityDave Berresford (260)Mike Close (199)Stuart Smith (391)
1981White CityLen Wolfenden (190)Mike Close (199)Frankie Wainman (212)
1982RochdaleFrankie Wainman (212)Len Wolfenden (190)Ken Brown (35)
1983RochdaleFrankie Wainman (212)Len Wolfenden (190)Mike Close (199)
1984RochdaleJohn Lund (53)Mike Close (199)Keith Riley (328)