WE may have revealed all of our reader voted winners for this year’s UK Clubsport awards, but now it’s time to announce our final winner.
As the only award not chosen by the public, our Rider of the Year accolade is picked by the UK Clubsport team and awarded to the rider we believe has made the biggest impact on the club scene over the past 12 months.
And this year we felt no-one deserved it more than teenager Luke Hopkins, who entered four different club racing championships, winning two and finished runner-up in the others.
He was crowned Thundersport GB’s 600 Elite and No Limits’ Super Series 600 champion after a dominant year, but it was his impressive speed in adapting to his Kawasaki ZX10-R in both clubs’ respective 1000cc series which made many people sit up and take notice.
Insisting it was just going to be a learning year on the big bike, he ended up finishing runner up in both championships, even taking the battle for No Limits honours down to the final race of the year.
This year he moves up to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship with the CPD Kawasaki squad and is our tip for the future. Remember where you heard his name first…
*Image: Colin Port