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Performance Car of the Year 2019: Meet the Judges

By Chris Thompson, 16 Nov 2018 Performance COTY

Performance Car of the Year 2019 Meet the Judges feature

These are the five people deciding which car takes the top prize

In the lead up to PCOTY, Editor Dylan Campbell is usually on the phone putting out the call to the usual suspects to come along and help decide which car will be the next PCOTY.

Now that PCOTY time is here, we can reveal the five people on this year’s esteemed panel.

Dylan Campbell – Editor

Dylan, or ‘DC’, has had the helm at MOTOR for a few years now, and has plenty of experience with fast things on four wheels.

As well as keeping things running smoothly during PCOTY week, he’s got the task of rounding up a racing driver, finding a track to utilise, and then driving each of the cars – 11 this year – to put his two cents in with his four judging peers.

Scott Newman – Associate Editor

Scott’s usually the man behind the wheel for our action shots, and he’s regularly tasked with getting the best 0-100km/h run, quarter mile time, and braking distance for the PCOTY field.

His Instagram handle is @addictedtosliding, which says it all, really.

David Morley – Contributor and PCOTY veteran

Morley’s been testing cars since before some of MOTOR’s journalists were born. That’s not a joke.

Decades of experience and an appreciation for how engineering has progressed makes Morley a perfect judge of a vehicle’s technical aspects, plus he can drive – he’s had a few years to get good at it.

Morley is often testing cars alongside Scott to get the best performance times possible.

Louis Cordony – Journalist

This is Louis’s first time as a PCOTY judge, but it’s certainly not his first time at PCOTY. Louis has been at MOTOR for a few years, plenty of time to drive everything that comes through the garage.

He also brings a new perspective to the panel, as well as bringing the average age of judges down a few notches.

The Driver: Rick Kelly

This year, MOTOR reached out to Supercars driver (since 2001!) Rick Kelly.

He’s had three Bathurst podiums, two of those on the top step in 2003 and ‘04, and took out the championship on 2006.

He’s more than qualified to be the man setting out lap times at The Bend, and his willingness to spend some time driving supercars in the Adelaide Hills was admirable too. Someone’s gotta do it.