EWC: Organisers plan trophy in memory of Anthony Delhalle

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The organisers of the Endurance World Championships will present a special trophy at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race in memory of reigning world champion Anthony Delhalle, who was tragically killed in a testing crash last month.

The new ‘Anthony Delhalle EWC Spirit Trophy’ will be awarded for the first time at the 24 Heures at Le Mans on 16 April, with Anthony’s widow Jessie attending the race to make the presentation.

The trophy will be awarded to any team or rider, whether amateur or factory-backed, who does something remarkable during the race: climbing back up the ranks, repairing a bike, helping a competitor, or carrying off a collective or individual feat.

The honorary award, decided by a jury and given out after every race in the FIM EWC championship, is intended to keep the sporting spirit and character of a great rider such as Anthony Delhalle alive for a long time to come.

Delhalle will be replaced at the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team for the remainder of the season by Australian Alex Cudlin, who admits that he’s well aware that he has big shoes to fill.

“I’m very pleased to be joining SERT for the new season. Obviously, it’s an emotional time for the team and myself, and I will be riding this bike in Anthony’s memory. I will do my best to help SERT win their 16th World Championship and in memory of Anthony. It’s a very nice feeling to be walking into the best team in the paddock.

“SERT are by far the most winning team in the Championship and both Etienne and Vincent are two very fast and experienced Endurance World Champions. To work alongside them will be a great honour and I look forward to the 2017 season.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer