PIRATES’ title-winning riders are to be rewarded with a trip to Formula One’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – after Frederik Jakobsen’s age scuppered a celebration in Las Vegas.

All seven riders who secured the SGB Premiership crown at King’s Lynn – including guest Nick Morris – will watch five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton in action at the plush Yas Marina Circuit at the end of November.

They will be joined by Brady Kurtz, who cruelly sustained a broken collarbone in the first leg of the play-off final, team boss Neil Middleditch, a selection of sponsors and Poole chief Matt Ford and his family.

Ford had originally offered up Las Vegas as a venue for the club’s end-of-season bash but 20-year-old reserve Jakobsen would have been unable to legally gamble or drink alcohol.

So Abu Dhabi was chosen as an alternative, with Ford delighted to be able to reward his riders for roaring to an eighth league title in 16 seasons.

He told the Daily Echo: “Going back as early as July, we said that if the guys won, we would celebrate by going to Las Vegas.

“Sadly, with Freddie not being 21, it causes real issues in America and in particular in Las Vegas, so ultimately we felt that was going to be awkward.

“But as me and my wife Helen and some of our sponsors – County Crest Pallets, Trethowans and Sunrise Service & MOT Centre – were going to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Helen suggested the riders were offered the trip there instead.

“There’s added value in that because they have concerts.

“Alongside the fact the guys get a walk in the pit lane and can attend practice, qualifying and the race itself, they also have the added bonus of going to see Post Malone, The Weeknd, Sam Smith and Guns N’ Roses, so they have an action-packed four days.

“In my opinion, it’s the best Grand Prix to attend because of the additional entertainment on offer.

“The club has dipped incredibly deep to pay for the riders’ trip.

“I’m also very grateful to an anonymous supporter who has come forward to offer assistance in paying for riders’ food and drink, so my great thanks go to her because it makes a huge difference.”