John Burrows snaps up hotshot Malachi Mitchell-Thomas for the 2016 road racing season
Former racer John Burrows, whose Cookstown B.E Racing team pride themselves on nurturing young talent, has secured the services of Senior Manx Grand Prix winner Malachi Mitchell-Thomas for the 2016 road racing season.
The 20-year-old Englishman burst onto the scene last year following a successful spell in British and European Supermoto, and having already shown his obvious talent between the hedges, it is an astute signing for Burrows.
Burrows said: "We are still one of the smaller teams in international road racing, and whilst we can't afford the big names, we take great pride in bringing on young talent, so I'm pretty excited about bringing Malachi into our team."
At the 2014 Manx Grand Prix, Mitchell-Thomas finished second to Billy Redmayne in the Newcomers' A race before going on to take this year's Senior Manx win back in September.
The Bolton lad is a little shell-shocked at present. He said: "I'm over the moon to be joining John and Cookstown B.E Racing. This year has been fantastic for me and proves that winning a Manx Grand Prix does get you noticed.
"I've had a couple of trips over to Northern Ireland now to meet the team and have a look around, and it's great that Jamie Hamilton will be there as part of the set-up to help me learn the Irish circuits."
Cookstown B.E Racing will have a second Superbike rider in place for the North West 200, Isle of Man TT and selected Irish national meetings.