The Wightlink Warriors and Wizards staged their end of season awards evening at the Andrew Younie Smallbrook Stadium on Saturday, with a full house of fans, riders and sponsors enjoying another fantastic party night to remember.
With the majority of the riders in attendance, each received a beautifully engraved trophy recognising their dedication and support of the ‘Warrior Way’.
In addition, a number of other special awards were presented culminating in the award for the ‘Rider of the Season’, as voted for by the supporters. In collecting the highest number of votes in the modern era of Island speedway, Essex charger Alfie Bowtell finished top of the pile and received his trophy from club stalwart Graham Hewitt.
Other special awards included:
Supporters Wizard of the Season – Morgan Williams
Riders Rider – Shaun Tedham
Best Turned Our Rider – Alfie Bowtell
Bonus Point King – Danno Verge
Fastest Warrior – Alfie Bowtell
Highest Points Scorer – Ben Morley
Most Coffee Consumed – Danno Verge
Upside Down Rider of the Season – Shaun Tedham
Immediately after received his awards, an overwhelmed Alfie Bowtell said:
“I really wasn’t expecting any of this. I knew from my first meeting that coming to race on the Island was the right thing to do if I wanted to get better and I have had so much support from my team-mates, management and fans, it’s just incredible.
“Can I just say thanks to all the supporters who voted for me, I’ve loved racing for the Warriors and can’t wait to carry on the progress I’ve made this season into 2019. Thanks guys”.
Speedway matters aren’t totally finished for 2018 as the Wizards are still trying to fit in their final meeting at Eastbourne against Reading. Discussions continue on finding a suitable date before the season finishes at the end of this month.