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Barry Sheene Medal

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Barry Sheene Medal
SportTouring car racing
CompetitionSupercars Championship
Given for"outstanding leadership, media interaction, character, personality, fan appeal and sportsmanship throughout the season"[1]
LocationSydney, New South Wales, Australia
History
First winnerMarcos Ambrose (2003)
Most winsCraig Lowndes (five)
Most recentShane van Gisbergen (2019)

The Barry Sheene Medal is an annual award honouring the achievements of a driver in the Supercars Championship,[1][2] an Australian touring car series.[3] Tony Cochrane, the chairman of the championship's organising body Australian Vee Eight Supercar Company (AVESCO),[a][4] instigated the award in 2003.[5][6] The medal is named after the two-time Grand Prix motorcycle world champion and motor racing television commentator Barry Sheene.[2][7] It is presented to the driver adjudged to have displayed "outstanding leadership, media interaction, character, personality, fan appeal and sportsmanship throughout the season".[1] A panel of motor racing journalists individually award three drivers scores of three, two and one points after every event of a season.[2][5] The results are announced at the championship's end-of-season gala in Sydney.[1][5] Drivers consider it the second-most prestigious award after the drivers' championship,[8] and it is frequently likened to Australian rules football's Brownlow Medal and rugby league's Dally M Medal.[8][9]

The inaugural recipient was the Stone Brothers Racing driver Marcos Ambrose in 2003. He won his first drivers' championship title that year.[10] Ambrose claimed a second championship title the following year and earned a second medal win.[11] Since then, four drivers have won the award more than once: Craig Lowndes, Jamie Whincup, Scott McLaughlin and David Reynolds. Australian drivers have earned the medal fourteen times and New Zealanders three times.[1] Lowndes has the most victories of any competitor, collecting the award five times: in 2005, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2015.[1] The 2019 recipient was Shane van Gisbergen, who finished runner-up to McLaughlin in that season's final drivers' championship standings.[1]

List of winners

Barry Sheene Medal winners
Year Image Winner Nationality Ref.
2003 A man in his early thirties wearing black rectangular sunglasses and racing overalls with sponsors logos. He is smiling at the camera Marcos Ambrose  Australian [10]
2004 A man in his late thirties is wearing a black baseball cap and a black racing overall suit with sponsors logos. Marcos Ambrose  Australian [11]
2005 A freckled face man in his early thirties is looking away from the camera and downwards Craig Lowndes  Australian [12]
2006 A man in his early thirties is smiling and sitting inside a yellow tomcar and strapped inside by a seatbelt Craig Lowndes  Australian [13]
2007 A man in his early twenties looking away from the camera and smiling widely Jamie Whincup  Australian [14]
2008 An young aged man is wearing a yellow baseball cap with sponsors logo and a red and white racing overalls Jamie Whincup  Australian [15]
2009 A man aged 30 at an autograph session. He is wearing a black, white and orange baseball cap, a blue and orange fleece and a watch on his left wrist Will Davison  Australian [8]
2010 A man in his early twenties standing in a pit lane and smiling at the camera. He is holding a crash helmet in a yellow, dark green and white colour scheme in his right arm. James Courtney  Australian [16]
2011 A man in his early thirties walking in a paddock. He is looking down from the camera and is wearing a grey T-shirt with sponsors logos. Craig Lowndes  Australian [17]
2012 A man in his mid-30 smiling away from the camera. He is wearing a white fireproof vest with sponsors logos. Mark Winterbottom  Australian [18]
2013 A middle-aged man wearing a dark grey baseball with sponsors logos and looking down and away from the camera. Craig Lowndes  Australian [19]
2014 A teenaged man wearing red racing overalls with sponsors logos is smiling at the camera Scott McLaughlin  New Zealander [20]
2015 A man in his early forties sporting a navy blue baseball cap with sponsors' logos and headphones to hear his team over the radio Craig Lowndes  Australian [21]
2016 A teenaged man wearing red racing overalls with sponsors logos is smiling at the camera Scott McLaughlin  New Zealander [22]
2017 A man in his late twenties wearing a black and a similarly coloured T-shirt. He is looking slightly to the right of the camera. David Reynolds  Australian [23]
2018 A man in his late twenties is looking down from the camera and signing autographs for others. He is wearing a black fleece with sponsors logos and a green T-shirt David Reynolds  Australian [24]
2019 A man sporting a beard in his late twenties is wearing sunglasses and a dark blue baseball cap with a sponsor logo. His right hand is on his left arm. Shane van Gisbergen  New Zealander [1]

Statistics

See also

Notes

  1. ^ AVESCO's name was changed to V8 Supercars Australia in 2005.[4]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pavey, James (25 November 2019). "SVG Supercars' best and fairest: Van Gisbergen wins maiden Barry Sheene Medal". Fox Sports Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "V8's best to receive Barry Sheene Medal". ABC News. 21 March 2003. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ Prior, Matt (28 July 2017). "The Australian Supercars championship proves we need more street races". Autocar. Haymarket Media Group. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  4. ^ a b "No more AVESCO". Crash. 15 November 2005. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  5. ^ a b c Innes, Stuart (22 March 2003). "Clipsal 500; Medal struck in memory of Sheene". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. p. 123. Retrieved 4 December 2019 – via Gale OneFile: News.
  6. ^ Fogarty, Mark (5 December 2012). "Medal should be Brocky, not Barry". The Age. Nine Entertainment Co. Archived from the original on 7 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Barry Sheene Biography". The Biography Channel. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  8. ^ a b c Jackson, Ed (7 December 2009). "Davison ends 2009 with top V8 award". Drive.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Team credited with back-to-back win". The Weekend Post. News Corp Australia. 12 December 2009. p. 9. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019 – via PressReader.
  10. ^ a b "Icing on the cake for Ambrose". The Courier-Mail. News Corp Australia. 2 December 2003. p. 079. Retrieved 4 December 2019 – via Gale OneFile: News.
  11. ^ a b Salisbury, Matt (10 December 2004). "Stone Brothers Racing clean up at awards gala". Crash. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  12. ^ Jennings, Bob (29 November 2005). "Lowndes is voted top of the pops". The Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. Archived from the original on 30 November 2005. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  13. ^ "Lowndes wins major V8 award". Motoring.com.au. Australian Associated Press. 12 December 2006. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  14. ^ "Whincup wins Barry Sheene Medal". ABC News. 4 December 2007. Archived from the original on 29 October 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  15. ^ Lynch, Michael (9 December 2008). "Champion Whincup judged best-and-fairest driver". The Age. Nine Entertainment Co. Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  16. ^ Lewis, Daniel (6 December 2010). "Courtney adds Sheene medal to first drivers' championship". The Sydney Morning Herald. Nine Entertainment Co. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  17. ^ Black, Jacob (5 December 2011). "Craig Lowndes claims the Barry Sheene medal for his all-round appeal and contribution to V8 Supercars". Fox Sports Australia. Archived from the original on 6 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  18. ^ Kogoy, Peter (4 December 2012). "Mark Winterbottom consoled with Barry Sheene Medal". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 1 December 2017. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Lowndes awarded fourth Barry Sheene Medal". Speedcafe. 9 December 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  20. ^ Vannisselroy, Brenton (9 December 2014). "McLaughlin awarded V8 Supercars' highest honour". Radio Sport. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  21. ^ van Leeuwen, Andrew (7 December 2015). "Lowndes wins fifth Barry Sheene Medal". motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  22. ^ "McLaughlin wins Barry Sheene Medal". Radio New Zealand. 6 December 2016. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  23. ^ Phelps, James (27 November 2017). "David Reynolds edges Jamie Whincup for first Supercars Barry Sheene Medal". The Daily Telegraph. Nationwide News. Archived from the original on 5 February 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  24. ^ Bartholomaeus, Stefan (26 November 2018). "Back-to-back Sheene Medals for Reynolds". Supercars Championship. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.

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