speedway side celebrates 'most successful season'
most successful year in Highbridge-based Somerset Rebels' history
was marked on Saturday at the End of Season Dinner and Rider Presentation
team has bagged four major titles, the Premier Shield, Premier League
Pairs Championship, League Cup and, just last Thursday, the Premier
The three main rider awards, as voted by the fans, saw Rohan Tungate
presented with the trophy as the Rider of the Year, with Bradley
Wilson-Dean the fans choice as the Most Improved Rider and
Jake Allen the Most Entertain Rider of the Year, in addition to
which, the Riders Rider of the Year was Paul Starke.
Guest of Honour for the night, Sky Sports speedway presenter
and multi World Longtrack Champion, Kelvin Tatum, was full of praise
for the club as he announced the various awards.
"I think that the team were difficult to assess at the beginning
of the year with them having three new riders to the Premier League
in their side, but, as ever, the management did their homework on
those riders, and the results of that are here to see in the trophies
won by the team," he said.
On receiving his award of Rider of the Year from Ian Burns and Rob
Nigh of team sponsors Cases Ltd, Rohan Tungate also paid credit
to the clubs promotion and the 2016 team.
"Somerset have a winning mentality as their record of winning
trophies in recent years has proved and I wanted to be a part of
that sort of set-up. This year has been an unbelievable one, and
on receiving this award I do so on behalf of the rest of the team
as our success this season as it has been a real team-effort."
The full list awards made on the night were: Rider of the Year
Rohan Tungate; Most Improved Rider of the Year Bradley Wilson-Dean;
Riders Rider of the Year Paul Starke; Most Entertaining
Rider of the Year Jake Allen; Merv Marsh Memorial Shield
for Track Staff Rider of the Year Jake Allen; Fred Fountain
Memorial Trophy Charles Wright; SREF Rider of the Year
Josh Grajczonek; Santa-on-a-Bike Team Rider of the Year Jake
Allen; and Fastest Time of the Season at Oaktree Arena Josh