Carole Nash e-petition for Jonathan Rea to make BBC Sports Personality 2017 shortlist approaches 9,000 signatures
Ambassador triumphs with third consecutive FIM Superbike World Championship yet has never been nominated
South Manchester-based motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash, has launch an e-petition calling for its Brand Ambassador and 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea, to be nominated in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (2017) shortlist. The e-petition has received nearly 9,000 signatures in under a month.
The e-petition comes as Jonathan secured his third consecutive Superbike World Championship after building an unassailable points tally by winning the Pirelli French Round. Rea is now able to enjoy the final two races of the championship with the championship already in the bag.
As well as becoming the first rider to win three consecutive championships this millennium, Jonathan will be meeting the Queen to receive his MBE on 21st November, rounding off another magical season for the Northern Irishman. However, his achievements are yet to be recognised by the BBC’s celebration of sporting excellence.
Rebecca Donohue, Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, says: “Everyone at Carole Nash would like to send a massive congratulations to our brand ambassador, Jonathan, for this third Superbike World Championship. We’re thrilled for him and so proud of what he has achieved. We have always believed in Jonathan and we don’t think it’s a huge ask for the powers that be at the Beeb to formally acknowledge his achievement on his third win.”
On his win, the Carole Nash ambassador says: “”I’m really pleased with the way my career has fallen into place over the last few years with this third consecutive World Superbike title. After a lot of hard work, it’s very rewarding to get a sense of achievement and progress year-on-year.
“I just concentrate on riding my bike well and winning races. I don’t know if I am worthy or not of an award as big as BBC Sports Personality, but for others to be talking about me in this way is hugely flattering. I grew up watching the awards and to potentially follow in the footsteps of
some of my all-time heroes like Tony McCoy and Barry McGuigan, who have both won the award, would be a dream come true.
“I’d like to thank Carole Nash for wanting to mark my achievement in this way. I have had a relationship with them for a number of years now and I have always been grateful for their support.”