The search for Ireland’s top bike racer in 2013 was launched in Belfast on Wednesday.
Ryan Farquhar – who won the award last year – joined Sam Geddis of sponsors Adelaide Insurance and David Weir of the Enkalon Club to launch the Adelaide awards which will be staged at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Belfast on January 17, 2014.
The winner of the top accolade, the Irish Motorcyclist of the Year, will be presented with the Enkalon Club’s iconic Joey Dunlop trophy.
Lifting the top prize in local two wheel sport in 2012 brought the curtain down on Farquhar’s glorious career as he quit the sport at the end of last season.
“I was thrilled to win last year,” the Dungannon rider said.
“It’s amazing to see the famous names on the trophy. When I was cleaning the trophy before handing it back this morning it brought a tear to me eye.”
Amongst those illustrious names are Tom Herron, the first winner back in 1978, Joey Dunlop, Phillip McCallen Brian Reid, Robert Dunlop, Richard Britton, Martin Finnegan, Darran Lindsay, Jeremy McWilliams and Jonathan Rea.
Farquhar has been selected as one of the judges for the 2013 competition, which should see a three way fight between four–time TT winner Michael Dunlop, World Superbike championship runner up Eugene Laverty and British Supersport series second place finisher, Alastair Seeley. Both Seeley and Laverty are previous winners of the trophy and Dunlop has won the Road Racer of the Year category.
Meanwhile, newly crowned British Superstock 600cc champion Luke Hedger will replace his injured Gearlink Kawasaki team mate Ben Wilson at the Sunflower meeting at Bishopscourt this Friday and Saturday, October 25-26.
Wilson sustained injuries in a crash at Brands Hatch last Saturday that have ruled him out of the top local short circuit meeting of the year.
British sidecar champion and 2013 Sidecar TT winner Tim Reeves and his British title rival, Sean Hegarty, have been confirmed as late entries for the event.