TOM OLIVER CROWNED 2012 ‘YOUNG GUNS’ WINNER

Tom Oliver in action at Thruxton during the NGRRC meeting, 6th October 2012

Tom Oliver in action at Thruxton during the NGRRC meeting, 6th October 2012

Tom Oliver Triumph Motorcycles has announced Tom Oliver as the winner of its 2012 Young Guns competition.

After six months of hard work, three finalists (Tom Oliver, Charlie King and Russell Brown) went head-to-head at Thruxton during the final NG Road Racing event on 6 October. After a tough final selection process the judging panel voted Oliver the overall winner, giving him the title of Triumph Young Gun 2012.

As the winner of the 2012 Triumph Young Guns scheme, Tom will qualify for a factory-supported ride in the Triumph Triple Challenge in 2013. Aged 17, Tom hails from Colchester and previously raced in the Thundersport GB Aprilia RRV 450 Challenge.

The last six months have seen all of the Triumph Young Guns take part in a variety of seminar sessions designed to help develop their racing careers both on and off the track. Delivered by a series of industry experts, the seminars focused on issues such as personal fitness, sports psychology, racecraft, bike set-up/development and marketing/promotion.

Tom Oliver said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the winner of the 2012 Triumph Young Guns scheme and am very excited to be competing in the Triumph Triple Challenge next year. The Young Guns initiative has been a lot more than a competition and has provided all of us with a lot of insight, mentoring and support during the last six months. I’d also like to say well done to the other riders, who have put in 110 per cent over the last few weeks running up to the final.”

As well as demonstrating impressive racing talent, all three finalists displayed an infectious enthusiasm for their craft and an excellent work ethic. However, the commitment shown over the last six months by Tom, combined with his performance at Thruxton, just gave him the edge over the two other finalists.

Guy Masters, general manager, Triumph UK, said: “During the last few months, we have been fortunate to work with a group of talented young riders, all of whom impressed the judging panel with their passion and professionalism. The final decision over who should be crowned Triumph’s Young Gun for 2012 was not an easy task.

“However, we are very pleased to be providing Tom with an important stepping stone to the next level of his racing career and look forward to seeing him competing on a Triumph Daytona in the Triple Challenge next year.”

Tony Scott, Triumph Triple Challenge championship organiser and one of the Young Guns judges, said: “All three finalists threw themselves into the scheme, working very hard to improve their skills both on and off the track. During the last few months every rider has shown an improvement in every area.

“All three riders rode well during the final assessment and it was a tough decision to pick a winner. It has been a pleasure to work with them all over the last few months and I look forward to working with Tom next year. I wish both Charlie King and Russell Brown good luck with their racing in 2013 and I will definitely be keeping an eye on how their racing careers progress.”

To follow Tom’s progress during the 2013 season visit www.triumphtriplechallenge.com

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