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Ambrose caps off dream year with award

01/12/2003 11:09:35 PM Comments (0)

Ford's Marcos Ambrose has capped off a dream touring car season by claiming the inaugural Barry Sheene Medal at the V8 Supercars awards in Sydney.

Barely 24 hours after claiming his maiden V8 championship - and Ford's first since 1997 - with a clean sweep of the 13th and final round at Eastern Creek, Ambrose picked up the Barry Sheene Medal awarded by the media for "outstanding leadership, sportsmanship and fan appeal".

After his landmark victory, Ambrose dedicated his championship to former motorcycling champion Sheene as well as former Ford Racing Australia technical director Howard Marsden and national rally champion Possum Bourne who all passed away this year.

Ambrose's Stone Brothers Racing (SBR) outfit topped off a fantastic season by taking home six awards including Champion Team of the Series.

Before 2003, SBR had only won four V8 Supercars races - this year alone they won eight through Ambrose and his teammate Russell Ingall.

"I don't think Barry could have come up with a more fitting winner who truly shows all the great qualities the medal represents," AVESCO chairman Tony Cochrane said.

"Barry Sheene was a highly valued supporter and contributor to the V8 Supercar family who himself had an extremely successful career.

"It seemed logical and right to name an award in his honour that represented all that Barry was."

SBR rising star Mark Winterbottom - who will make his full-time Supercar debut next season - was named Rookie of the Year after his dominance of the second tier Konica V8 series which he won in his first season.

To cap off the night, Ford was named Champion Manufacturer after years of Holden dominance.

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