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OPINION: Family's return makes this a very happy Christmas – John Roughan

Tonight my daughter and her husband and two children are coming home. Not just home for Christmas, they have done that just about every year in the decade or more they have been away. This time they are coming home for good.

Their children are now 6 and 3. They want them to grow up in their own country.

On Facebook last week my son-in-law told their friends, “Next week we move home. Not just home to Aotearoa New Zealand but home home, to Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, our turangawaewae. We left that city 13 years ago on a journey that has taken us all over the world — Wellington, New York, Brussels (where Elle was born) and Singapore (Eden was born). Now the time is right to give our little ones the same Kiwi childhood we were so lucky to enjoy.”

The kids are already Kiwis. Their eighth floor apartment in Singapore was well equipped with New Zealand’s splendid children’s books, their drawers were full of All Black outfits. They can count in Maori and Mandarin. Their international school had at least one teacher from New Zealand. Their grandparents took a little bit more of New Zealand to them on every visit.

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The family used to also come back in June for a change of weather. And every Christmas the kids played with cousins and children of their parents’ friends and came to know the local playgrounds and beaches as well as any native.

Now, as they grow up here, many of their contemporaries will know the world as well as they do. It is remarkable how much young families travel these days. A survey by the online travel agency Expedia was reported this week to have found one in four New Zealand children has a passport by the age of two.

If proof is needed that every generation is still better off than the one before, travel provides it. My parents were in their 50s before they saw another country, my wife and I went overseas in our mid-20s after working and saving for a few years. My daughter and future son-in-law saw France on a university holiday. Rising living standards do not just depend on incomes, good things have got cheaper in economies open to global competition.

My generation called it “OE”. We hardly hear that phrase now. “Overseas” is no longer something young people experience in one long working journey before returning to get established. These days they take portable careers around the world and come home well established.

The New Zealand I grew up in was a very insular place. Even when it discarded economic protection in the 1980s it retained a sense of disadvantage from its scale and distance from big markets, which was the reason we did that OE thing. I wonder whether the internet generation has the same worries. I wonder if they know how hard it is to ensure New Zealand remains a viable base for trade, travel and all the business that provides a first-class living standard.

The new Prime Minister is just a year older than my daughter and son in law. The Finance Minister is not much older. Their generation is now in power, put there by a superannuitant who distrusts open borders, resents immigration, fears global finance and would like to control the currency. He has pulled his head in since choosing the government but I can’t help worry for the country they are coming home to.

Christmas is not the time for foreboding though. There’s every chance the sun will be shining when the kids are running around our place on Monday. They are coming home to a summer better than any I can remember. It has been hot practically every day since Halloween and the sea is already eight degrees warmer than usual. A higher water temperature will take longer to cool down, guaranteeing this will be an extended summer.

Undoubtedly it is climate change, this generation’s “nuclear moment” according to Jacinda Ardern in the election campaign. I should be worrying about that more than the economy perhaps but I can’t. If the sea rises by half a metre over the next 100 years I think my grandchildren will have plenty of time to adjust. If kauri can grow further south, if pastoral farming gives way to more avocados, olives and better shiraz, would that be so bad?

I must be missing something. I probably need to listen to our members of Jacinda’s generation when they get home. They’ve gone further than me, on good international trajectories in their academic and diplomatic careers.

But more than anything I need to spend more time with those little ones. As every grandparent knows, I’ll be able to see through their eyes as they discover New Zealand afresh.

中国境内最大单 香港买下青岛744辆地铁列车

国际防火标准最高,

车辆使用寿命40年,

为香港市区线研制,

我国最大地铁车辆项目!

这一切,都是咱青岛的骄傲

中车四方造!

21日,

中车青岛四方机车车辆股份有限公司

为香港市区线研制的首列地铁车辆下线。

据了解,

该车是我国最大地铁

车辆项目的首列车,

也是目前国际上

防火标准最高的地铁车辆。

93列车预计2023年完成交付!

2015年7月,中车四方股份公司在国际竞标中成功中标香港市区线地铁车辆采购项目,项目共93列车(744辆)。这不仅是港铁史上最大规模的车辆采购,也是中国境内诞生的最大一笔地铁车辆订单。

据权威数据统计,香港地铁网络平均每周日乘客量超过540万人次,是乘客密度最高的世界级铁路系统之一,并在安全、可靠程度、顾客服务及成本效益方面表现卓越,被公认为全球首屈一指的铁路系统。

作为全球最成功的地铁运营商之一,港铁公司对车辆制造商的选择极为严格,为世界上地铁车辆准入标准极高的市场。此次中车四方成功中标,标志着国内企业再次在国际招标中成功打入全球高端地铁市场。

据了解,这批地铁车辆将用于香港市区的观塘线、荃湾线、港岛线及将军澳线运营。

下线的首列车目前已经完成厂内的型式试验验证,下一步将运往香港进行线路试验。按照计划,首列车预计将在2018年下半年完成调试具备上线运行条件。该项目所有93列车预计到2023年全部完成交付。

青岛造774辆地铁即将驶向香港,

那么这些地铁都有哪些特点?

防火标准全球最高!

车辆安全上,整车按照严苛的国际标准设计,在防火安全、碰撞防护等方面均达到国际先进水平。

该车采用国际最新、最严格的防火设计标准,车辆所使用材料的阻燃、发烟量、烟毒性等性能指标满足最高等级的防火要求。同时,作为防火屏障的车厢地板、司机室与客室之间的隔墙等结构也具备优异的防火性能,车厢地板的耐火时间达到37分钟。

列车设置三级碰撞能量吸收系统,能在车辆以25km/h速度撞击下保障客室区域不受损害,保护乘客安全。同时,司机室采用防冲击设计,可经受一公斤的飞弹以250公里时速冲击而不穿透,可有效保护司机安全。

此外,车辆的设计制造过程由独立第三方按照欧洲标准进行安全评估,保障车辆安全性。

车辆使用寿命可达40年!

香港市区线地铁车辆采用高强度的不锈钢车体和先进的转向架技术,车体和转向架同时满足欧洲和英国双重严苛标准,整车使用寿命可达40年,比普通地铁长10年。

同时,车辆在设计制造过程中按照国际标准对RAMS(可靠性、可用性、可维修性和安全性)进行全过程管控,保障车辆具备优异的可靠性和可用性。

值得一提的是,该车的各重要系统采用双重冗余设计,可避免因单点故障影响车辆运营。

人性化设计提升乘坐体验!

在外观上,香港市区线地铁车辆车头沿用并优化了港铁标志性的“笑脸”面孔,车身则采用金属灰色,更具科技感。

为了营造更舒适的乘坐体验,车厢内装还采用了一系列新的人性化设计。客室新增环形灯和条形灯带,提升照明效果。采用分体式座椅,客室层次感和色彩更丰富。

引入“橄榄形”扶手,方便更多站立乘客使用。每节车厢设置带倚靠座椅的多功能区,既可供坐轮椅的乘客使用,也方便普通乘客倚靠。配备LCD屏幕供显示动态路线图。

此外,车辆还采用多层复合吸声结构地板、低噪牵引系统、多夹层隔声车窗等一系列新的降噪设计,降低了客室噪声。

以后去香港玩就

能坐上青岛“发货”的地铁了,

你有木有很期待?

其实,

中车四方不仅在香港地铁届有一定地位,

在美国芝加哥也是知名度杠杠的!

846辆!

“青岛造”创出口发达国家记录

美国芝加哥当地时间3月9日,芝加哥交通管理局(CTA)发布公告,中车四方股份公司中标芝加哥846辆、金额总计13亿美元的地铁车辆项目。这是迄今为止中国轨道交通装备企业向发达国家出口的最大地铁车辆项目,“中国造”地铁将登陆美国芝加哥。首批车辆预计在2019年交付,2020年开始投入运营。

据介绍,芝加哥拥有美国的第二大公共交通系统,芝加哥地铁历史悠久,自1947年开始营运,目前运营着8条、总长170公里的线路。

2014年,CTA通过国际招标采购846辆7000系地铁车辆,用于更换芝加哥地铁线上的旧车,这占到芝加哥地铁全部运营车辆的一半。其中,首批采购400辆,后续车辆陆续增购。中车四方股份公司在国际竞标中最终胜出,这也创下了我国向发达国家出口地铁车辆数量最多的纪录。

7000系车辆为不锈钢车体,采用2辆编组,可重联运营,最高速度70英里/时(112km/h)。车辆将按照美国标准进行设计,并适应芝加哥地铁小曲线、高架及严寒等特殊的运营环境。

2020年投用!

中车四方将在芝加哥当地建厂

项目启动后,中车四方股份公司将在芝加哥当地建厂,负责车辆的总组装,这也将成为芝加哥35年来的首家轨道车辆制造厂,可为当地创造169个就业岗位。首批车辆预计在2019年交付,2020年开始投入运营。

随着国家“一带一路”建设和高铁走出去战略的推进,我国轨道交通装备“出海”的步伐不断加快,近一年来相继赢得了印尼高铁、中老铁路、中泰铁路等一批国际铁路项目。

作为我国轨道交通装备核心企业,中车四方股份公司产品已出口到全球20多个国家和地区,近几年频频在新加坡、阿根廷、香港等国家和地区斩获订单,此次登陆美国芝加哥,是高端装备走出去的又一重大突破。

(资料来源:青岛新闻网、青岛财经网、青岛日报)

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Yuan on the way to be used as ‘int’l currency’

Pakistan may use ‘Yuan’ in trade with China—analysts

Kaswar Klasra

Islamabad

Chinese Yuan achieved a milestone as two of the World’s well-reputed and biggest banks including the European Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China established a currency swap agreement, the latest in a string of moves to help encourage global use of the, Chinese currency.
The deal was aimed at facilitating commercial exchanges between the Euro-zone and China by giving European banks access to 350 billion yuan (42.4 billion euros) and giving Chinese banks access to 45 billion euros.
The deal worth Rmb350bn ($57bn), is China’s third largest after its facilities with Hong Kong and South Korea, and follows similar agreements with the UK, Australia and Brazil.
A press note issued from the European Central Bank confrimed the deal accordingly.
“The swap arrangement has been established in the context of rapidly growing bilateral trade and investment between the euro area and China, as well as the need to ensure the stability of financial markets”, the ECB said in a statement.
The deal has symbolic importance, and reflects the growing trade between eurozone countries – especially Germany and China.
It is worth noting that China is the EU’s second biggest trading partner, with about €1bn of trade between the two each day. The European Commission has also confirmed the figure.
The research done by ‘Pakistan Observer’ revealed that ‘ Renminbi’ is on the fast-lane to replace US dollar as International Currency.
There are no empty claims. Since ‘Renminbi’ is backed by the Gold, world’s major countries including are striking deals with China to replace ‘ Renminbi’ in with Dollar in bilateral trade. And Pakistan is no exception.
The government of Pakistan, like other major countries in the world, is also considering a proposal to start using the Chinese yuan in trade with China.
“We are examining the use of yuan instead of the US dollar for trade between the two countries,” Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Interior told the media after the official launch of the Long Term Plan (LTP) for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) worth billions of US dollars.
According to sources, Pakistan was all set to replace Dollar with Yuan in trade with its all weather friend China. However, Pakistani authorities may take some time to formulate strategy. Currently, bilateral trade between Pakistan and China was worth $13.8 billion in 2015 to 2016, a decade after the countries signed a free trade agreement.
For those opposing Pakistan’s likely decision to replace Dollar with Yuan, research done by this correspondent has revealed that the list of countries using China’s yuan currency for trade continues to grow, supporting the China’s efforts to internationalize its currency.
During the last two years, the number of countries that use the yuan for more than 10% of the value of their payments to China or Hong Kong has increased by seven. That brings the total of such countries to 57. There are currently 101 countries using the yuan as a trade currency.
According to World’s leading economist Mr.Carl Weinberg, China will “compel” Saudi Arabia to trade oil in yuan and, when this happens, the rest of the oil market will follow suit and abandon the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.
Saudi Arabia has “to pay attention to this because even as much as one or two years from now, Chinese demand will dwarf U.S. demand,” Weinberg said.
“I believe that yuan pricing of oil is coming and as soon as the Saudis move to accept it — as the Chinese will compel them to do — then the rest of the oil market will move along with them,”Carl Weinberg told CNBC in October last year.
It is worth noting that, In recent years, several nations opposed to the dollar being the world’s reserve currency have progressively sought to try and abandon it.
Russia and China have sought to operate in a non-dollar environment when trading oil. Both countries have also increased their efforts to mine and acquire physical gold if, or perhaps when, the dollar collapses.
According to an estimate, moving oil trade out of dollars into yuan will take right now between $600 billion and $800 billion worth of transactions out of the dollar.
If that happens, it will be great achievement for China which is already making huge progres in leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping and likely to replace the USA as World’s supper power.
There is no denyying that companies around the globe have also been conducting more business in yuan. According to Swift, Yuan was used in 2.03% of global payments by value in September, up from 1.86% in August. The value of yuan global payments increased by more than 10% in September this year, much higher than than average growth of 0.93% for all currencies.
Although, ratio of Yuan adoption was less by the US and Japanese companiese, however, there was seen growth in yuan payments which came through trade with Singapore, the U.K, and South Korea.
On January 22, 2015, The central banks of China and Switzerland signed a pact to establish a yuan trading center in Zurich.
While confirming the deal, Switzerland’s central bank had announced that it had signed the agreement with the People’s Bank of China. The deal was concluded during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to the World Economic Forum in Davos two years baack in January 2015.
According to the agreement, Switzerland will receive a quota of about $8 billion (50 billion Yuan).
While government of Pakistan is taking time to decide wether to trade in ‘ Yuan’ with China or not, Islamabad based analyst Sohail Iqbal Bhatti believes that Pakistan can get huge benefits by trading in ‘ Yuan’. “ trading in Yuan is in favour of Pakistan and it should sign an agreement in this regards,” Sohail told Pakistan Observer.

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The Gambia, one of the smallest country in mainly Africa, Thursday bravely voted in favour of United Nation’s General Assembly resolution effectively calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Gambia is among 127 countries that decisively said yes to the resolution despite threats by US president Donald Trump to cut aid to countries that backed the resolution.

The non-binding resolution says that any decisions regarding the status of the city are “null and void” and must be cancelled.

Thirty five countries including Togo abstained and nine others voted against the resolution.

The text put forward by Turkey and Yemen does not mention the US, but expresses “deep regret at recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem”.

It also says “any decisions and actions which purport to have altered the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, are null and void and must be rescinded in compliance with relevant resolutions of the Security Council”.

Here is a country breakdown of the General Assembly vote:

Member states that voted in favour of the resolution

A: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan

B: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi

C: Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, China, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica

E: Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia

F: Finland, France

G: Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guinea, Guyana

I: Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Italy

J: Japan, Jordan

K: Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan

L: Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

M:Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Mauritania, Mauritius, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique

N: Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway

O: Oman

P: Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Portugal

Q: Qatar

R: Republic of Korea (South Korea), Russia

S: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria

T: Tajikistan, Thailand, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Tunisia, Turkey

U: United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

V: Venezuela, Vietnam

Y: Yemen

Z: Zimbabwe

Member states that voted against the resolution

G: Guatemala

H: Honduras

I: Israel

M: Marshall Islands, Micronesia

N: Nauru

P: Palau

T: Togo

U: United States

Member states that abstained

A: Antigua-Barbuda, Argentina, Australia

B: Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina

C: Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic

D: Dominican Republic

E: Equatorial Guinea

F: Fiji

H: Haiti, Hungary

J: Jamaica

K: Kiribati

L: Latvia, Lesotho

M:  Malawi, Mexico

P: Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland

R: Romania, Rwanda

S: Solomon Islands, South Sudan

T: Trinidad-Tobago, Tuvalu

U: Uganda

V: Vanuatu

قائمة الدول التي صوتت «مع» و«ضد» قرار القدس

فشلت الولايات المتحدة في تهديد المجتمع الدولي، فقد تحدت أكثر من 100 دولة الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب، حين صوتت لصالح قرار الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة الذي يدعو واشنطن إلى سحب قرارها الاعتراف بالقدس عاصمة لإسرائيل.
فمن هي الدول الـ128 التي صوتت لصالح القرار والـ9 التي صوت ضده والـ35 التي قررت الوقوف على الحياد والامتناع عن التصويت مع العلم بأن 21 دولة أخرى لم تحضر الجلسة.
الدول التي صوتت ضد القرار: توغو – هندوراس – إسرائيل – الولايات المتحدة – غواتيمالا – جزر المارشال – ميكرونيزيا – ناورو – بالاو
الدول الـ39 التي امتنعت عن التصويت: أنتيغوا بارباو – الأرجنتين – أستراليا – الباهاماس – بنين – بوتان – البوسنة – الكاميرون – كندا – جمهورية أفريقيا الوسطى – كولومبيا – كرواتيا – تشيكيا – الدومنيكان – غينيا الاستوائية – فيجي – هاييتي – هنغاريا – جامايكا – كيريباتي – لاتفيا – ليسوتو – مالاوي – المكسيك – بنما – الباراغواي – الفلبين – بولندا – رومانيا – رواندا – جزر سليمان – جنوب السودان – ترينيداد توباغو – توفالو – أوغندا – فانواتو.
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NCLAT getting clogged up; Appellate body has no competition law expert

NCLAT, CCI, Supreme Court, Law Commission of India, CAT, CAB, India, Indian  Competition Law Regime, COMPAT The CCI has been bestowed with regulatory powers for effectively regulating competition in India. Appeals arising from orders or decisions of the CCI are filed with the appellate authority.

Param Pandya

Tribunals were envisioned as a solution to judicial delays and a tool to harness cost-effectiveness, accessibility, expedited functioning, expert knowledge and freedom from technicalities being used as speed-breakers. Nevertheless, reality appears quite different as far as competition appeals are concerned. The Indian competition adjudicatory structure consists of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) and the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT). The CCI has been bestowed with regulatory powers for effectively regulating competition in India. Appeals arising from orders or decisions of the CCI are filed with the appellate authority. Currently, NCLAT serves as the appellate authority. However, prior to the enforcement of the Finance Act, 2017, which transferred the appellate jurisdiction to NCLAT, Competition Law Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT) served as the appellate authority. The appellate authority is required to dispose of appeals as expeditiously as possible—an endeavour shall be made by it to dispose of appeals within six months from the date of receipt of appeal. However, data suggests that such a deadline is not complied with. Based on the Annual Reports of the CCI from 2012 to 2016, on an average, around 46% of appeals remained pending with COMPAT for over a year.

Further, COMPAT’s average disposal rate per year for the period has been only 42%. An RTI application reveals that out 73 cases which were transferred to the NCLAT, only 8 cases have been disposed of as of November 2017. The disposal rate of competition appeals has been far from satisfactory. In addition to the delay caused at the appellate stage, there lies further scope of appeal at the Supreme Court level. The delay in disposal of cases can be largely attributed to the absence of detailed, stage-wise timelines governing the appellate process (unlike in the UK and Singapore), coupled with limited capacity at the tribunal. While the maximum permissible strength of the NCLAT is 11 members, it currently comprises only three. Given that NCLAT is the appellate authority for the purposes of Companies Act, 2013, in addition to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, there is an urgent need to appoint more members to ensure that the pending-appeals pile does not become an untameable burden, as has been the experience with several other tribunals and most courts in India.

NCLAT also does not have any technical member with specific expertise in competition law and policy. The 272nd Report, on Assessment of Statutory Frameworks of Tribunals in India, of the Law Commission of India (October 2017) has also recommended that specialised tribunals should comprise of ‘persons of proven ability, integrity and standing having special knowledge and professional experience or expertise of not less than 15 years in the
particular field’. In the UK, the Competition Appellate Tribunal (CAT) which serves as the appellate authority, comprises a combination of industry experts, economists and legal practitioners (including experts of competition law), among others. In Singapore, the Competition Appeal Board
(CAB) also has experts from accounts, business, economics and law.  A Vidhi Centre report, Systematizing Fairplay: Key issues in the Indian
Competition Law Regime, reveals that case-management techniques such case-management conferences, setting stage-wise timelines, etc, are implemented by tribunals globally, including the UK’s CAT and Singapore’s CAB. It has become essential for case-management processes to be implemented by NCLAT to ensure that it remains in the driver’s seat, not the case-inflow. Additionally, a dedicated bench, consisting of at least one expert in competition law and policy, must also be considered for disposing of competition appeals in a timely manner and building a robust competition law jurisprudence.

Writer is Research Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Views are personal

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Thierry Neuville klopt Stoffel Vandoorne en wordt voor vierde keer “RACB Driver of the Year”

Thierry Neuville werd donderdag voor de vierde keer in zijn carrière verkozen tot RACB Driver of the Year. De vice-wereldkampioen rally volgt zichzelf op de erelijst op. In de eindstand gaat Neuville F1-rijder Stoffel Vandoorne en Dries Vanthoor voor.

Naar jaarlijkse gewoonte organiseerde de RACB ook dit jaar een gala-avond. In het Auditorium 2000 van het Tentoonstellingspark van Brussel zag het kruim van de Belgische autosport Neuville voor de vierde keer in zijn carrière de prijs in ontvangst nemen.

Neuville won dit jaar vier WK rally’s, telkens op een andere ondergrond en in andere omstandigheden. De eerste zege van het seizoen kwam er in de Rally van de tienduizend bochten, de Rally van Corsica. Van het Franse asfalt ging het naar het Argentijnse ruwe gravel waar Neuville met een minieme voorsprong van zeven tienden van een seconde Elfyn Evans afhield. In Polen trotseerde Neuville regen en modder en hield hij na een beklijvend duel de Estlander Ott Tänak af. Tenslotte won Neuville de Rally van Australië, twaalf jaar nadat François Duval Down Under voor de eerste Belgische WK zege zorgde. Met vier zeges was Neuville de succesrijkste rallyrijder van het seizoen en toch pakte hij naast de wereldtitel. Die ging naar de Fransman Sébastien Ogier, die met twee zeges (Monte-Carlo en Portugal) genoegen moest nemen. Twee fouten begin dit seizoen kostten Neuville de wereldtitel. Zowel in de Monte-Carlo als in de Rally van Zweden moest hij opgeven op een moment dat hij aan de leiding reed. De Belg moest het ganse jaar achtervolgen, deed dat met verve, maar op het moment dat hij de leiding in het WK overnam van Ogier, ging hij nogmaals in de fout, uitgerekend in “zijn” Rally van Duitsland.

Stoffel Vandoorne kende een moeilijk seizoen waarin hij vaak geplaagd werd door motorproblemen. Hij kon op die manier nooit de verwachtingen inlossen. Professioneel als hij is, bleef hij altijd diplomatisch en viel hij zijn McLaren team nooit af. Vandoorne groeide gaandeweg in het seizoen en pakte eind juli in de Grote Prijs van Hongarije zijn eerste WK-punt van het seizoen. De West-Vlaming scoorde nadien nog punten in de GP’s van Singapore en Maleisië, waar hij telkens als zevende eindigde, zijn beste resultaat in de F1. Vandoorne verzamelde in totaal 13 WK punten, goed voor de 16e plaats in de eindstand van het wereldkampioenschap.

De derde plaats ging naar de 19-jarige Dries Vanthoor, die net als Neuville en Vandoorne gevormd en ondersteund werd in het nationale RACB team. Vanthoor maakte dit jaar indruk tijdens de 24u van Le Mans. De jongste Belg ooit in Le Mans won bij zijn debuut meteen zijn klasse (LM GTE Am).

Als viervoudig Driver of the Year evenaart Neuville François Duval. Alleen Formule 1-piloten Jacky Ickx (12 keer) en Thierry Boutsen (9 keer) en viervoudig Le Mans-winnaar Olivier Gendebien, van 1956 tot 1961 winnaar van de eerste zes edities, plaatsten hun naam nog vaker op de erelijst.

Guillaume De Ridder Belofte van het Jaar, WRT Team van het Jaar

Tijdens het RACB Awards werden naast de RACB Driver of the Year ook nog andere prijzen uitgedeeld. Zo werd Guillaume De Ridder bedacht met de titel Rookie of the Year. De Ridder eindigde dit seizoen bij zijn debuut in de rallycross-discipline derde in het klassement van het internationale RX2 kampioenschap.

Het WRT team werd bedacht met de titel Team of the Year. Het team van Vincent Vosse kwam dit jaar, met de steun van onder andere de Belgian Audi Club, opnieuw aan de start van de Blancpain GT Series, naast een hele waaier andere kampioenschappen en races. In totaal won W Racing Team het voorbije jaar zeven titels. Met het duo Frijns-Leonard won WRT de Blancpain GT Series in de Sprint Cup en het kampioenschap bij de teams. In de TCR International Series ging de titel bij de rijders naar Jean-Karl Vernay. WRT won de titel bij de teams in de TRC Benelux Series. Ook op het ijs deed WRT het aardig door het kampioenschap bij de rijders (Mohamed Al Saud) en de teams te winnen in de Trophée Andros. Tot slot won het met Mohamed Al Saud de Saoeidi GT titel.

De Honorary Mention ging naar SRO Motorsports Group, voor hun 25 jarig bestaan en promotie van de GT-racerij.

Uitslag RACB Drive of the year 2017:

1. Thierry Neuville

2. Stoffel Vandoorne

3. Dries Vanthoor

4. Maxime Martin

5. Maxime Soulet

6. Nicolas Gilsoul

7. Vincent Verschueren

8. Guillaume de Mévius

9. Anthony Kumpen

10. Marc Goossens

11. Kris Princen

12. Tom Colsoul

13. Benjamin Lessennes

14. Bertrand Baguette

15. Denis Dupont

16. Gilles Magnus

17. Laurens Vanthoor

18. Stienes Longin

19. Guillaume de Ridder

20. Sam Dejonghe

21. Pieters Tsjoen

22. Jérôme d’Ambrosio

23. Alessio Picariello

24. Jourdan Serderidis

25. Frédéric Vervisch

26. Maxime Potty

27. Frédéric Bouvy

28. Dylan Derdaele

29. Bert Longin Bert

30. Bernd Casier

31. Mathieu Detry

32. Niels Lagrange

33. Frédéric Miclotte

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