04 Dec Painter of the Year: World Championship Update
For the penultimate round of the Helmet Culture Painter of the Year championship we saw once again a new painter take home top honours. The championship battle may be extended at the top of the field but the top ten isn’t set going into the final round of the 2018 season.
Looking at the top ten in the current standings and there was a big shuffle in the top 5. After BS Designs of France took their maiden win and the 25 point surge that launched them above New Zealand’s Mitch Baker Designs for second position in the world championship. With only a 9 point cushion from third place anything can happen in the final round of the championship come seasons end.
Coming up the standings recently and making a late season surge is Americas Censport Graphics who move up another position into fourth by just 7 world championship points. Nudging Germany’s top rated painter in Five Star Designs down two positions to fifth.
Sixth through to ninth remain the same with Polen designs comfortable gap to Italy’s Aerostyle. Oktane Visual of America scored another top ten result in November and takes a few more championship points out of the gap to seventh. They now only trail Aerostyle by six championship points and look to make the jump in the final round of 2018.
Holding onto a tight ninth position is one of Mexico’s top painters in Husky Design who burst onto the scene in the middle of 2018 when they secured victory in July. The 25 points helped push them into top ten contention as they now sit with 31 world championship points. Lucky Design of Italy has been in and out of the top ten all season long and with a strong showing in November moves them up five positions from fifteenth to tenth by 1 point.
Other notable moves in the world championship standings are TMA Designs of Brazil securing 10 points in the November edition. This was enough to put them all the way up into twenty-eighth. Let’s see if they can repeat this result in the final round of 2018 and move up in the standings.
Olie Graphics of the Netherlands also took home championship points by cracking the top ten in November and showed how consistency gets you in. All seasons long they have had highly rated helmets but couldn’t get into the top ten to lock in points. Now they’ve finally broke into the leader board and hope to keep a string of results going by scoring again in December.
What does the championship look like moving forward? We now have 11 of the 12 helmets locked in for 2018 Helmet of the Year and are only a few weeks away from crowning 2018 Helmet Painter of the Year.
So far in 11 rounds of world championship competition and only two painters have won twice with a total of 8 painters from various countries have been voted to the top. Helmet of the Year voting will open in December.