Jamie Whincup with the Barry Sheene Medal. Pic: Supplied

RETIRING Supercars legend Jamie Whincup has won the Barry Sheene Medal for the third time in his illustrious career.

The seven-time Supercars Champion was voted by the media as the sport’s ‘best and fairest’ ahead of his final race as a full-time Supercars driver.

With previous wins in 2007 and ’08, Whincup joins Scott McLaughlin as a three-time winner of the Sheene Medal that was introduced in 2003.

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Only Whincup’s current co-driver, Craig Lowndes, has won it on more occasions, taking it out five times.

“It’s been a while between drinks, but every time you win this award it’s unbelievably special,” said Whincup.

“As we know, Baz was a fantastic character, a motorsport icon. This is one of the highest accolades you can win in motorsport and I’m very, very proud of it.”

Whincup was presented with the Medal following Saturday evening’s Top 10 Shootout as part of a revised Gala Awards format for 2021 in the absence of a Gala dinner.

Earlier in the weekend, Whincup’s Red Bull Ampol Racing teammate Shane van Gisbergen picked up the peer-voted Drivers’ Driver award and, for first time in his career, the fan-voted Most Popular Driver.

Other fan-voted awards, for Best Presented Team and Best Event, went to Shell V-Power Racing and the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown respectively.

Eggleston Motorsport Super2 rookie Matt McLean took out the prestigious Mike Kable Young Gun, as voted by the media.

2021 Supercars Awards

Barry Sheene Medal: Jamie Whincup, Red Bull Ampol Racing Team

2021 Supercars Champion (Elect): Shane van Gisbergen, Red Bull Ampol Racing Team

Supercars Drivers’ Driver: Shane van Gisbergen, Red Bull Ampol Racing Team

Champion Team Award: Red Bull Ampol Racing Team

2021 Supercars ARMOR ALL Pole Position: Anton De Pasquale, Shell V-Power Racing

Champion Manufacturer of the Year: Holden

Most Popular Driver – Fan’s Choice: Shane van Gisbergen

Best Event: Merlin Darwin Triple Crown

Mike Kable Young Gun: Matt McLean, Eggleston Motorsport

Dunlop Super2 Series Champion: Broc Feeney, Triple Eight Engineering

2021 Dunlop Super2 ARMOR ALL Pole Position: Broc Feeney, Triple Eight Engineering

Let’s Go Motorhomes Dunlop Super2 Series Rookie of the Year: Matt McLean

Best Presented Team – Fan’s Choice: Shell V-Power Racing

Best Volunteer Group: Bathurst events

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