Brad Vicars Takes Duke Rankings Newcomers Award

The Tadcaster youngster in his second season on the 'roads' finished in 11thposition overall in the prestigious championship headed this year by fellow Yorkshireman Dean Harrison.

Brad rode in seven rounds of the rankings series this year commencing at the Spring National Road Races at Oliver's Mount where he took a third in the Super Lightweights race.

His next outing was at the Cookstown 100 where he claimed a third in the Supersport 600cc B Race adding a fourth in the Senior Support A Race. The Cock o'the North Road Races, at his 'home' circuit, Oliver's Mount, Scarborough, Brad claimed a 'treble', winning both legs of the Junior (600cc) B Races and taking the chequered flag in the Solo Open B Final 2nd leg.

Travelling over to the Isle of Man for the International Southern 100 Road Races, the 19-year-old took the winner's laurel wreath in the Senior Support Consolation Race.Returning to Oliver's Mount for the Barry Sheene Road Race Festival a pair of second place podiums in the SuperTwins races added to his points tally, as did a further four top ten placings.

His second venture to Northern Ireland at the 'Race of Legends' Road Races at Armoy in July saw Brad take yet another race victory in the Senior Support Race A, along with a second in the Junior Support Race.

His final outing of the 2016 season was at Oliver's Mount, for the Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Road Races, where he achieved a sixth and fifth in the Lee Pullan Trophy Super Lightweight Races and a 10th in the David Jefferies 600cc Cup A Final.

Overall in 23 races, Brad scored five wins, with five fastest laps, three - seconds; two - thirds; two - fourths; two - fifths; one - sixth and eight other top ten placings.

The Newcomer's Award was introduced to the Duke Road Race Rankings Championship in 2011 the first winner being Ronan Pentony. Sam Wilson took the award in 2012, followed by Conor Behan in 2013; Neil Kernohan 2014 and Adam McLean last year.