Best Robot Wars Drivers

A good robot is one thing, but a good driver at the controls can make all the difference. This list will include the Robot Wars drivers over the course of the 7 series who's driving skills shone throughout.

The Top Ten

1 Graham Bone (Firestorm)

Firestorm is just one of those good all round robots. It was always aggressive, always finding ways to get underneath robots and Graham was an overall very well rounded driver. Firestorm was also the first robot to achieve an Out of the Arena with a hinged flipper and the first to topple Mr Psycho.

Beat fantastic robots like Terrorhurtz, Panic Attack, Pussycat, Dantomkia, Bigger Brother, Wheely Big Cheese, S3, Wild Thing and Hypno Disc. Also came very close to beating Razer a couple of times. Firestorm certainly wouldn't have been as successful without his driving skill.

Front-hinged flippers are objectively poor weapons, but Graham Bone managed to make Firestorm work anyway, pushing past robots it really shouldn't have been able to beat and taking some others to incredibly close losses.

With such a basic robot it shouldn't have been as successful but Graham Bone's driving was so good it made the robot so much better. And such a chilled out competitor as well

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2 David Gribble (Pussycat)

You would assume such an oddly designed robot would be hard to control but with this talented young lad at the controls he drove it to victory many times.R.I.P. one of Robot Wars finest drivers.

I tried to drive pussycat in the Iron Maidens competition so I know how hard it was to drive. He was a very talented young man and still sadly missed

Had a hard time between DG and Kim Davies, but because of the odd design of Pussycat, I will give my vote to him. RIP.

Pussycat seems fiendishly difficult to control yet David Gribble managed so often to deftly avoid attacks and accurately put that cat's claw blade to work against an opponent's weak spots. He wasn't straight up called the best driver in Robot Wars for no reason, nor were they exaggerating!

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3 Kim Davies (Panic Attack)

The man who beat all odds and drove the charity entry to victory against the roughest and toughest of the second wars, Kim was not only a modest chap but a great driver (if a little naughty).

All due respect to George Francis and David Gribble (RIP), but I couldn't in good conscious not give my vote to the fan favorite from Wales.

Panic Attack would've done alright with other drivers, but only Davies could turn it into a champion.

4 George Francis (Chaos 2)

Ever since the first wars George has been credited for his superb driving skills, plus Chaos 2 was the first (and only) robot to win 2 consecutive series.

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5 Nick Adams (Wild Thing)

Certainly not one to be overlooked, Wild Thing came up against some of the toughest opponents known to Robot Wars (Chaos 2, Hypno Disc etc). Whilst it didn't always come out on top it was well driven, always put up a great fight and only really lost on close calls.

6 Simon Scott (Razer)

The key to Razer being so effective was it always knew where a robot's weakness was and how to get around it E.G. puncturing Chaos 2s CO2 bottle to disable the flipper, and good driving has got to be credited for that.

7 Ed Hoppit (Storm II)

How can one control such a speed demon like Storm II (a top speed of 25MPH! )? Well Ed Hoppit certainly can, and well. It was persistant, very strong and should've won series 7.

8 Andrew Marchant (Tornado)

I think Paul Snook from the Tetanus Booster team summed it up best "You never see the back of Tornado, it's always on you". Call it a box on wheels if you will but you can't deny Andrew was in control of some serious power here and used it well.

9 Ian Watts (Bigger Brother)

His driving skill was very clear. Particularly when he drove Bigger Brother to victory against Hypno-Disc despite there being hardly anything left of Bigger Brother.

10 Dave Rose (Hypno-Disc)

The only robot I think that never to win a series that should of done

Hypno-Disc scroed some fantastic victories and his good driving ability certainly contributed.

The Contenders

11 Andrew Leadbeater (Hydra)

One of Robot Wars finest young drivers was not afraid to go up against the big boys. He proved very sharp with his driving but Hydra never had the success it truly deserved.

12 Paul Cooper (M2)

A magnificent robot, controlled by a very skilled driver. - micoytancinco12

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14 Shane Howard (Mace)

Quite a skillful driver for a well rounded robot. Too bad Gemini never managed to live up to their brilliant premise.

15 Jason Marston (Thor)
16 Rob Knight (Mortis)

Very much described as Robot Wars's Inspector Gadget. His unique backpack to hold the controller helped him use it easier and he proved just as aggressive (if a little unstable) in the arena.

17 John Reid (Terrorhurtz)
18 Alex Brown (TR2)

A contestant from the new series that impressed us all. At only 15 his driving was excellent and he beat such great robots like Dantomkia and Big Nipper.

19 Michael Oates (Eruption)
20 Gary Cairns (Typhoon 2, PP3D)

"She's up tae speed now boys! " - SuperSonic17

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