This year's Spirit of the Manx award went to Ian Pert of Hedzup Racing, based in Arbroath, Scotland.
The Spirit of the Manx Award is made each year by the Manx Grand Prix Riders' Association and is presented to the rider who, in the opinion of the association's membership, best represents the spirit and endeavour of the true 'Manx' competitor.
Hedzup Racing works with youngsters and teenagers from around their local region, helping them develop self-confidence, trust and nurturing the whole idea of working collectively for a team.
Working with a race team opens up a host of new skills for the young people who get involved. Everything from time-keeping, meeting deadlines and listening, to developing a growing understanding of the importance of mutual trust and co-operation.
And to get to the MGP means putting in a lot of hard work and application in order to earn a place on the team for the Manx.
As Hedzup Racing says: .."the aim is not to find the next Valentino Rossi but to let people see that nothing is impossible, whether you want to race, play rugby or be the next Rudolph Nureyev."
Ian Pert was delighted to have been selected for the award. He commented: "[I'm] very proud to have won it, awesome to see the response from everyone to it, and very proud of all the youths that have ever been involved in Hedzup."
Ian and the team are looking for sponsors for forthcoming events, including next year's MGP of course. So if anyone is interested in helping, Ian would be pleased to hear from you. He can be contacted via the Hedzup Racing Facebook page.
Photo caption: Ian Pert, of Hedzup Racing (second right) with Jim Hunter (centre) of the Manx Grand Prix Riders' Association with some of the Hedzup Racing team after the presentation of the award.