V8SC: Scott McLaughlin Receives Prestigious Barry Sheene Medal During Awards Gala

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The kid who made Volvo cool and the jandal a household name has been awarded V8 Supercars highest honor, as Scott McLaughlin was named the 2014 Barry Sheene Medalist on Monday during the V8 Supercars Gala Awards Dinner.

McLaughlin was voted as the as the sport’s fairest and most popular figure in 2014 as race suits were swapped for bow ties at The Star in Sydney. The 21-year-old Kiwi has stunned the Championship this year starting in Adelaide when he shocked six-time Champion Jamie Whincup on the last corner at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide — and he hasn’t looked back since.

Overcome by emotion he said live on television at the time — “I just plucked it in first, gave it some jandal and f… yeah” — words that made him an instant hero to millions around the world.

McLaughlin backed it up through the year with ten ARMOR ALL Pole Positions — equal with Whincup — and four race wins, third-most behind Whincup and fellow Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen, and tied with Mark Winterbottom.

The humble spoken Kiwi-born racer made his debut in the Development Series as a 16-year-old back in 2010. Stepping up from the Dunlop Series as the reigning Champion after the 2012 season, McLaughlin made his debut in the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship. He made an impact immediately, qualifying in the ARMOR ALL Top 10 Shootout for his first official full-time race at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

An apprentice fabricator with experience working behind the scenes at SBR, Pace Innovations and GRM, McLaughlin completed his apprenticeship in 2013 and still works in the Valvoline Racing GRM workshop in-between on-track commitments.

His personality, charm and humility has won him adoring fans. His fresh-faced, brash approach to all things has made him one of the most popular drivers in the sport.

It was his second major award in succession after last year being named as the prestigious Mike Kable Young Gun, or rookie of the year, following in the footsteps of Marcos Ambrose, Winterbottom, James Courtney and Chaz Mostert.

In addition to McLaughlin being honored, Whincup was saluted as the 2014 V8 Supercar Champion and the winner of the ARMOR ALL Pole Award on a tiebreak with McLaughlin, while Mostert and Paul Morris were honored as the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Champions.

Paul Dumbrell was honoured as the 2014 Dunlop Series Champion in his Eggleston Motorsport Holden, and highly respected journalist Mark Fogarty took out the Media Award after four decades working within national and international motorsport, combined with his coverage this year of V8 Supercars in specialist magazine Auto Action and across Fairfax Media.

Holden was the Champion Manufacturer of the Year and the ITM 500 Auckland was recognized as the best volunteer group.

CREDIT: V8 Supercars

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