Club riders and World Champs honoured at bumper ACU Awards night

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THE largest ever audience greeted champions across all disciplines of motorcycling this weekend as the ACU held its annual Awards.

Among the 800-strong crowd were a handful of club, road and world championship racers who picked up their honours from Britain’s governing body for motorcycle sport.

In the road race discipline, FIM World Sidecar Champs Tim Reeves and Mark Wilkes collected their trophy for winning yet another title as Reeves edged ever closer to Steve Webster’s record of 10 championship with his eighth in the last 15 years.

Eventual runners-up Pekka Päivärinta and Jussi Veräväinen drew first blood with the opening race win of the year before Ben and Tom Birchall picked up victory at round two in Hungary, but from there it was Reeves and Wilkes who sailed to the front and held onto the lead to the very end with five wins to their name.

In the solo ranks, Pertemps Network Racing lifted the ACU National Endurance crown as part of their No Limits Racing efforts, which marked a historic moment for team rider Jane Nixon who was the first female to win the National Endurance 600 trophy.

Pertemps, consisting of Nixon, Gaz Evans, Colin Norris and Ben Wotton, chalked up three wins over their nine-round campaign, finishing no lower than second to edge out RJS Superbike to the title.

Cunnigton Racing was also awarded for their championship-winning efforts in NLR’s ACU National Endurance 1000 series, where they beat ADSS Kawasaki with five wins and no finishes lower than second.

*Image: ACU

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