Rebels captain Jason Doyle receives Rider Of The Year award
Somerset Rebels speedway team celebrated their 2012 season on
Friday night (November 2nd) with their annual End of Season Presentation
The team agonisingly just missed out by a single race point from
being crowned Premier League Champions, but did win the Premier
League Cup to bring some silverware to the Oaktree Arena.
Not unexpectedly, it was the Rebels number one rider and
captain, Jason Doyle, who was voted by the fans as their Rider
of the Year, while Alex Davies scooped the awards for the Most
Improved Rider and Most Entertaining Rider of the Year.
Newman was presented with the Fred Fountain Memorial Trophy, whilst
Alex Davies picked up his third award of the night when he was
announced as the Somerset Riders Equipment Funds (SREF)
Rider of the Year.
Looking back on the season, Rebels promoter Debbie Hancock feels
it was one that everyone associated with the club could feel justifiably
She told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Whilst losing out on the League
title by just a single point at Scunthorpe in the last race of
the season was, and to some degree still is, difficult to come
to terms with, if you had said back in March when the season was
just getting underway that we would be ending it with our name
on the Premier League Cup and making it through to the Championship
Final, then I think we would have seen that as an excellent year."
"As ever, it has been a bit of a roller-coaster of a season,
but the highs have very much outweighed the lows over the course
of the year, as well as being up there challenging for honours,
we have seen some fantastic racing at the Oaktree Arena, the track
being back to its very best once again, and the fans, as always,
have been great."
"We are also blessed here at Somerset with a great team sponsor
in Cases Ltd and team partners, Salt Express, Whitepack Network
Services Ltd, MCS Ltd and Harris Bros. Without them and our other
associate sponsors we would not be here today, they are the life-blood
of our sport and we are extremely grateful for their support of
"So, while we might now be heading into the winter break,
therell be no time for any hibernation as far
as the promotional and management team here are concerned, planning
for 2013 starting almost immediately."
Top, Jason Doyle receiving his Rider of the Year Award from Ian
& Rob of Cases Ltd, and, above, Alex Davies receiving his
awards from Elliott Withers of Salt Express Ltd. Pictures courtesy
of Colin Burnett