NEW FORMAT FOR SUPERCARS GALA AWARDS AT BATHURST

Scott McLaughlin at the Gala Awards in 2019. Pic: Supplied

SUPERCARS will hand out its array of Gala Awards throughout the six-day Repco Bathurst 1000 event this year.

The awards, headlined by the Barry Sheene Medal for the category’s ‘best and fairest’ driver, are set to be presented at various stages during the television broadcast.

It will mark the second year in succession that no black-tie Gala function has been held.

Last year the awards were handed out in a makeshift presentation in the Bathurst pit lane following the race on Sunday evening.

Cameron Waters accepting the Drivers’ Driver Award in 2020. Pic: Supplied

A formal Gala function was to have been reintroduced this year following the planned season-finale on the Gold Coast, but that was scrapped when the calendar was reshuffled.

The Barry Sheene Medal and Mike Kable Young Gun are both voted on by members of the media.

There are also fan-voted awards consisting of Most Popular Driver, Best Presented Team and Best Event, and the driver-voted ‘Drivers’ Driver’.

None of the three traditionally fan-voted gongs formed part of the cut-down 2020 Awards, while the Media Award and Best Volunteer Group also return after a one-year absence.

Scott McLaughlin won the Barry Sheene Medal in 2020, while DJR Team Penske manager Ben Croke is pictured holding the teams’ championship trophy. Pic: Supplied

Presentations will also be made for the ARMOR ALL Pole Champion Award (won by Anton De Pasquale), Teams’ Championship (won by Red Bull Ampol Racing) and Drivers’ Championship (won by Shane van Gisbergen).

The championship trophies are expected to be presented following Sunday’s race.

Supercars has meanwhile confirmed to V8 Sleuth that the Champion Manufacturer Award, for the marque with the most race wins throughout the season, will be presented this year.

Holden has 19 race wins this year to 10 for Ford, meaning the former wins the title despite the brand having been retired from the automotive marketplace at the end of last year.