Taylor earns Gledhill award
NETHERTON-BASED Audi Sport TT Cup racer Josh Caygill goes into the one-make race in Hockenheim, Germany, hoping to challenge for the podium this weekend.
It’s the final race of the campaign and the 28-year-old is competing having struck a deal with exhaust specialist Milltek Sport to make a return to the championship for the final two events of the 2017 season.
It’s just over a week since the driver’s maiden Blancpain Endurance Cup campaign ended, but Caygill is relishing the chance to race in his second and final outing of the year in Germany.
“I’m really looking forward to being back at Hockenheim, I’ve gone well there in the past in the TT Cup and after how well the Red Bull Ring went for us TIMMY Taylor of Honley will receive the Jack Gledhill Award as the best allrounder in the Drakes League for 2017.
The talented batsman and left-arm spinner scored 655 runs in Premiership and Sykes Cup action, at an average of 27.29, and took 53 wickets at 20.28.
His efforts helped Honley finish sixth in the top flight.
Honley have also won the FE Greenwood Trophy for the most improved ground and facilities.
The Reg Haigh Award for the best young player – which was won by Honley’s Taylor in 2015 – has gone to Mosun Hussain of Delph & Dobcross.
The former Yorkshire Academy player helped Delph finish second to champions Hoylandswaine by piling up a Drakes best 1,508 runs (in league and cup) at an average of 71.81.
For the best match-winning performances at first and second XI level, the Johnny Hunter Rose Bowls are the prize.
And the first team award goes to Will Reeves of Thongsbridge for his eight for 40 haul against Cawthorne in the top flight.
In the second XIs it was cut and dried – Tony Wilkinson of Holmfirth taking the silverware with eight for 20 against Birkby Rose Hill, which included a double hat trick in one over!
The Tom Walker Trophy for groundsman of the year has gone to Dave Robinson of Barkisland for his work at Woodfield. I’m confident we should be able to put a good weekend together to be fair,” said the former British Supersport motorcycle racer.
Caygill has adapted back to a frontwheel drive car and his bold overtaking of Yannick Brandt and Fabian Vettel in the final laps in Austria has left him confident of a positive display in the series finale.
At the first race in Austria, Caygill produced some of his best driving and overtaking of his car career on his way to fifth place.
Caygill is hoping to carry his form from Austria into a solid qualifying performance today, which he believes will result in podium finishes tomorrow and Sunday.
“It would be fantastic to get back onto the podium, and I really do think we’ve got a good chance of making that happen,” added Caygill.