RACERS of the BMCRC will fight for a new honour after club bosses introduced the Rookie Champion of Brands award – the Mick Whalley Memorial Trophy.
Named after former Bemsee regular Mick Whalley, who spent three years as a rookie due to his notorious bike problems which meant he never completed more than two rounds per season, the award will go to the highest-scoring rider in every Rookie 600 and 1000 class race at Brands Hatch this season.
Club bosses feel the new trophy is a fitting tribute to their ‘eternal rookie’, who died in a crash during the opening round of last year’s British Superbike Championship-supporting Ducati TriOptions Cup series at Donington Park.
The racer who takes the highest points tally from all three Brands rounds, two on the Indy circuit and one on the GP circuit, will be crowned champion at the Kent circuit during the club’s finale in October.
Rookie riders, whose classes take on new sponsorship from L&W Contractors for 2018, will also do battle for the Vince Fox Memorial Trophy and the Ron & Bill Collins Memorial Trophy for 600s and 1000s, respectively.
Each will be awarded to the best performance in class on the first day of the new season at Brands.