A good crowd was on hand at the Four Points Sheraton in Halifax for the dinner and awards banquet.
Among them was Dan Rudolf of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, who took home top honors in the Amateur Sport Bike and Superbike classes. On top of his trophies, Rudolf also walked away with a special prize, provided by Inside Motorcycles and Penguin Roadracing School. Dan’s win this season got him tuition for a Penguin Roadracing School at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, as well as $500 toward his travel to get there.
Dan Rudolf, Amateur Sport Bike and Superbike champion with his Inside Motorcycles/Penguin Racing School tuition certificate.
“I knew it was going to be tough from the get-go, because there are a lot of good riders in it,” Rudolf reflected on his season in Amateur Sport Bike. “I just wanted to do well. I really wanted to earn a Pro plate when I was done, and I was very happy to get that. Everything else just fell into place.”
He’s now looking forward to putting his Penguin Roadracing School tuition to good use.
“I want to take advantage of it and go down and get some great tutelage – see if I can learn something new to bring back to the track here – and get more comfort out there at high speeds. Any time you get on the track, it’s good experience.”
This year was also the first year for a new award for ARL – the Tim Samson Award for top Rookie Pro Rider. Tim Samson was a local racer who passed away unexpectedly at a young age. His parents established this award in conjunction with ARL to honor his memory. Austin Shaw-O’Leary took home this award for 2013 after taking two Pro championships home in his first season in the top ranks.
Austin Shaw-O'Leary and Rob MacIsaac won the Pro and Amateur Rookie of the Year awards, respectively.
Other winners included:
Lightweight Supersport 125 – Jake Shaw-O’Leary
Lightweight Supersport 250 – Mark Goodwin
Formula One Vintage – Phil Warnell
Thunder – John Russell
Sportsman 1 – Gary Fulton
Sportsman 2 – Blaise Fougere
P4 – Gary Fulton
Formula 46 – John Russell
Amateur Sport Bike – Dan Rudolf
Amateur Sportbike – Dan Rudolf
Pro Sport Bike – Austin Shaw-O’Leary
Pro Superbike – Austin Shaw-O’Leary
2013 Amateur Rookie of the Year – Rob MacIsaac
2013 Pro Rookie of the Year – Austin Shaw-O’Leary
Capturing Our Attention Throughout the Season Award – Gary McKinnon
Tim Samson Award – Austin Shaw-O’Leary
Most Exciting to Watch Award – Rob Forsyth
Thomas O’Flarety Award (Best Prepared Racer and Team) – Darin Marshall
Most Sportsmanlike – Ron Munroe
Best Team – O’Leary Brothers Racing
O’Leary Brothers Racing accepts the Best Team award – Jeff O’Leary, Brandon Pemberton, Jake Shaw-O’Leary and Austin Shaw-O’Leary.
John Russell, Gary McKinnon and Blaise Fougere – the top three in Formula 46.
Austin Shaw O’Leary and fellow Pro Sport Bike rider, Caleb Noiles pose with their plaques, which were machined from aluminum by banquet sponsor Ace Machining.
A few of the many Amateur riders who will move up to Pro after getting their 'black numbers' in 2013: (from left) Michael Parks, Crowdis Roberts, Dan Rudolf and Matt Covey.
-- By Jenn Harrie