Isle of Man TT racer has beat off opposition form not one but two British World Champions to lift the Torrens Trophy, the RAC Club’s award for those who are considered to have made an outstanding contribution to safe or skilful motor cycling in Britain.
Hutchinson’s award comes ahead of the achievements of Moto3 World Champion Danny Kent and World Superbike winner Jonathan Rea, after his incredible comeback from life-altering injuries in 2010 was finally completed in 2015 with three wins at the Isle of Man TT.
"I am very proud to win the Torrens Trophy and be recognised by the Royal Automobile Club. It has been a fantastic year for me and I would like to extend a huge thanks to the team at Paul Bird Motorsport and Team Traction Control Yamaha and to my family for all the support through my days in hospital and recovery."
The Trophy was first awarded in 1978 in memory of Arthur Bourne, a motor cycling journalist and Vice Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club who wrote a column under the name Torrens. It has only been awarded eight times in its history and only when the club feels that the achievement justifies it.
For an exclusive interview with Hutchy, where he talks about Torrens Trophy success and how he can win five TTs in a week again, see tomorrow 13 January's MCN.