YORKSHIRE’S Brad Vicars has been confirmed as the winner of the Duke Road Race Rankings Newcomers Award 2016.
A bit of a dabbler on the UK club scene but more regularly found on the roads, Vicars has finished his second season on the roads 11th overall in the championship, which was won by Bradford boy Dean Harrison.
The 19-year-old from Tadcaster contested seven rounds of this year’s ranking series, kicking it all off at the Spring Cup at Oliver’s Mount.
Taking third in the Super Lightweights race, he then headed to the Cookstown 100 where he clinched another third in the 600cc B race and fourth in the Senior Support A scrap.
He returned to his home track or the Cock O’ The North Races where he trebled-up by winning both legs of the Junior B races as well as a Solo Open B race.
Vicars then turned his hand to the Southern 100 at the Isle of Man, where he won the Senior Support Consolation race before going back to Oliver’s Mount for the Barry Sheene Festival and grabbing two second places in the Super Twin races and four more decent points finishes.
Heading back to Northern Ireland for the Race of Legends races at Armoy, he took another victory in Senior Support Race A and a second in the Junior Support race, before his final outing of the year at the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup where he took three points finishes.
At the end of 23 races over the year, the teenager achieved five wins, five fastest laps, three seconds, two thirds and another 10 top 10 finishes, giving him a points tally of 744 which was enough to lift the best newcomer award.
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