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Speed kings; Tees Active 11th Annual SPORTS AWARDS 2006/2007.


IT has been another fast, frenetic and successful season for our region's motorsport fraternity.

Last year's Motorsports Award winners, the Redcar Bears speedway team, have been hit hard by injuries but nevertheless marched proudly into the Young Shield semi-finals.

The Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship was again fuelled by excitement while Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club enjoyed a great season both on club and national level.

Croft Circuit provided some top class entertainment while Teesside once again proved to be a hotbed of trials activity.

On top of that, we've seen our area's competitors make their mark against the best in the country on two wheels and four.

It's going to be another tough call to find a winner of this year's Motorsport Award - and whoever takes it home will have well and truly earned it.

Last year's three short-listed nominees had enjoyed superb seasons in their chosen disciplines.

Speedway team Redcar Bears took the main prize.

Teesside's first national representatives for 10 long years were fitting winners after enjoying an outstanding first season.

As well as providing consistently thrilling action for some of the biggest crowds in British Premier League speedway, the Bears were a force to be reckoned with on the track.

They reached the championship play-offs and overcame North-east rivals Newcastle to lift the Tyne-Tees Trophy.

Martyn Janes and Jamie Ferguson were runners-up last year.

Janes, from Norton, proved himself to be one of the best Autograss racers in the country.

He won the BAS Championship in his class and was fourth in the men's nationals.

Martyn was also the winner of the Yorkshire Dales Autograss Club Championship.

Teenager Ferguson, from Hartburn, won the North East Formula 125 Championship.

Jamie also competed in the British 125 Championship at Croft, finishing a creditable 22nd.

If you know of a sporting champion, we want to hear about them.

To enter, simply fill in a coupon or log on to Alternatively contact Kirsty Tarn, events manager on 0191 2016072, e-mail or collect an entry form from the Evening Gazette reception desk, Borough Road, Middlesbrough.

Closing date is Friday, October 26

The categories

Sportsperson of the Year: We set the bar high, we're looking for the best. We want to hear about feats of excellence in either individual or team sports.

Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 18): Teesside is packed with budding young sporting stars. We want to hear about the best, whether they're part of a team or competing in individual disciplines.

Team of the Year: The sport doesn't matter, we're simply looking for a team - big or small - that's shone throughout the year.

Junior Team of the Year (under 18): Do you know of a talented young team that's excelled in 2006/07? If so, let us know.

Special Needs Performance of the Year: Sport is all about overcoming adversity to reach your goal. If you know someone who's done that in 2006/07, don't hesitate to nominate!

Motorsport Award: This award can go to any individual, team, club or association that's enjoyed a hugely successful year in the world of motorsport on four wheels or two.

Coach/Mentor of the Year: Behind every sporting hero there's a loyal and committed guiding hand. If you want to see an unsung hero receive recognition, put their name forward.

Emerging Sports Star: We want to hear about up-and-coming talent that's on the verge of a big breakthrough - they may not yet be stars today, but could well be stars of tomorrow!

Unsung Sporting Hero: Behind the scenes of every club or team is someone who does the crucial jobs that are often taken for granted. Groundsmen, scorers, secretaries, treasurers, organisers, general dogsbodies, you name it - you couldn't manage without them so show your appreciation and nominate.

Business in Sport: Does your club, sport or league survive and thrive due to generous benefactors from the business sector? If so, nominate your knight in shining armour for this category.

School of the Year: On Teesside, many schools use sport to promote healthy living and positive role models. Let us know about your school's sporting achievements.

The sponsors

As the principal motor racing circuit in the North East, Croft Circuit is delighted once again to have the opportunity to support the Evening Gazette Sports Awards and in particular the Motorsport category.

Hosting rounds of major British Championships including the British Formula 3, British GT, British Touring Cars and British Superbikes, as well as a variety of club events, we gain a unique perspective of the North-east's local talent competing with those from outside the region.

The continuing investment in Croft Circuit and it's Driving Centre by the company's new owners, The British Automobile Racing Club, is indicative of their confidence in the North-east's motorsport future.

However the encouragement of grass roots competition should not be taken for granted and these awards are important in promoting the recognition of talent and achievement.

Tees Active




North Tees Primary Care Trust



PRIDE: BBC Tees commentator Mark Drury, right, with last year's Motorsports Award winners, Redcar Bears Picture by IAN COOPER
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 11, 2007
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