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WDMC's Annual Awards Night 2018

2018 Awards table

Whickham and District Motor Club’s Annual Awards night, held every December, is a wonderful opportunity for all our members to come together to celebrate the members achievements in all their motorsport categories.

This year was once again, just as in the past, a thoroughly enjoyable evening with WDMC Club Vice Chairman Phil Kenny and Competition Secretary Tosh Townsend taking centre stage to announce the Award Winners and their achievements. 2018 has been a very good year for both competitors and the Club in general, as was evidenced by the sheer number of awards on display. Competition has been fierce in many areas this season, with some Championships going right down to the wire and the Club has seen some epic results from some of its members throughout the year.

The evening was a very well attended affair, the atmosphere was relaxed and good natured and there was an air of expectation around as people waited to see and hear who the award winners were. They did not have long to wait.

First anouncements were for the Monthly Notable Achievement Awards, given each month to members who deserve particular recognition for an act or result that happened during that particular year. Sometimes these awards are not given, other times there may be multiple recipients; it is all down to recognition of a notable Achievement.

Award winners were as follows:
December: Ian Canavan and Jack Morton
January: Peter Metcalfe and Kevin Cousins
February: Gordon Bradford and Ewan Tindall
March: Tony Chrisp and Jonny Chrisp
April: Ewan Tindall
May: Sam Colman
June: Phil Kenny and Gary Laverick
July: Phil Kenny and Gary Laverick
August: Sam Colman and Karl Knox
September: Ewan Tindall
October: Colin Fish and Simon Jennings
November: Karl Knox

Next came the Club Championships: 2018 had been an extremely competitive year within the Club, with competition for victory extremely hot throughout the season. Some championships see-sawed throughout, with competitors taking places off each other only to drop back after the next event. Championships were eventually decided as follows:

Maps Championship:
Champion: Tosh Townsend
Runner Up: Brian Townsend

Sporting Challenge Driver:
Champion: Peter Metcalfe
Runner Up: Tosh Townsend

Sporting Challenge Navigator:
Champion: Guy Wickham
Runner Up: Matthew Price

Superstars Championship:
Champion: Brian Townsend
Runner Up: Tosh Townsend

Stage Rally Championship Driver:
Champion: Gary Laverick
Runner Up: Karl Knox

Stage Rally Championship Co-Driver:
Champion: Phil Kenny
Runner Up: Sam Colman

Stage Rally Junior Champion:
Driver: Gary Laverick
Co-Driver: Phil Kenny


Finally came the Discretionary Awards, presented each year by certain individuals within the Club to members they personally felt deserved particular recognition for their very special contribution to the Club, the sport, or in recognition of a special or outstanding event during the year. The Awards for 2018 are as follows:

The Graham Trophy for Marshalling:
Guy Wickham

For his considerable contribution to Marshalling throughout the past year.

The Ken Ledger Award for Most with the Least:
Simon Jennings

For the incredible results he enjoys in the epitome of a 'shopping car'.

The Mike Sayer Award:
Matthew Price

For completely embracing the club culture and his great contribution to the club.

The Keith Knox Trophy:
Karl Knox

For his incredible season and sealing the 1600c Championship title.

The Ramsey Services Award for Services to the Club:
Ian Coulson

For his incredible work behind the scenes and the effort he puts in on behalf of the Club.

2018 AWT

The Awful Warning Trophy:
Gary Laverick

For the finest two minutes of live rallying commentary the club has heard in years.

The evening concluded with a superb buffet and general conversation. The atmosphere was extremely good, with members staying until very late and taking the opportunity to have a really good catch up with everyone and hear how they were doing.

Whickham’s Annual Awards night once again showed not only how active its members are but also just how promising the future is for the Club.

Long may it continue

2018 Awards closeup

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