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At last month’s 2018 COTY Presentation night 3 PIARC members were rewarded for their excellence with their name being added to the respective Award Trophies. Those Awards for 2017 are the Winston Maguire Clubman of the Year, the John Lanyon Competitor of the Year, and the Clubsport Competitor of the Year.  

The Winston Maguire Clubman of the Year was presented for the 50th time in 2017, as since 1965 only two years 1978 and 1979 were not presented for lack of suitable candidates.

The 50th Clubman of the Year is Rebecca Thompson who has for a number of years been building her reputation for excellence as a photographer and since 2014 as a PIARC Member who gives as much

as she can in being not only a club photographer of cars, officials and members but also as an Official who willing jumps in and helps trackside during the course of her photography duties.

Rebecca like her predecessor and coach Greg Llewellyn has endeared herself to the Club as a whole, individual members and competitors with her great work, willing and caring nature and dedication to the task, even working up until a couple of weeks before the recent birth of her son Charlie.

She has willingly taken under her care any first time photographers at the Island to show them the ropes in regard to protocol, safety etc. giving us a summation whether they are suitable for the task or in need of further coaching. The response from her trainees has been outstanding.

Rebecca  was honoured as the recipient of the 2016 CAMS Motorsport Photograph of the Year, is a CAMS Silver Level Photographer accredited for AGP and Supercars, a Licenced Trackside Official and regular contributor to Auto Action, Vic State Racer Magazine, Historic Torque and of course PIARC Notes. Well done Rebecca all of PIARC and we are sure most of the sport is proud of you as such a well-deserved Clubman of the Year.

The John Lanyon Competitor of the Year was inaugurated by the PIARC Board as a tribute to

 John Lanyon for his outstanding work and leadership as the third President of PIARC from 1962

 to 1981, a period of 20 years, a period which remains the longest term in office as President.

There has since 1981 been 35 winners of the Competitor of the Year with only 1991 being not awarded.

In that time we have had Australian Grand Prix and Gold Star winners, Touring Car Champions, Super Speedway Champions in Nascar and Auscar, Formula Ford Champions and others who whilst not winning championships or series have acquitted themselves and brought honour to themselves and the club just by competing . We have also had prior to 2017, 4 individual Bathurst 1000 Winners, some of them multiple times. They include Brian Sampson, Craig Lowndes and Greg Murphy and in 2017 we proudly add Luke Youlden to that list.

Luke’s history with PIARC is a long one dating back to the early 1990’s as a sprint competitor in a Mazda RX2 which morphed into an Improved Production Car and then in 1995 progress to a Formula Ford, whilst still a student.

In 1999 he was victorious in both The Phillip Island Formula Ford Trophy and the Victorian Formula Ford Series and used those successes to jump into the Formula Ford Driver to Europe Series which he won in 2000 and then competed at the British Formula Ford Festival and his first Bathurst 1000.

A GT Production Class E Championship followed in 2001 as his career gathered pace and recognition.

A further 16 Bathurst 1000s have seen him accumulate 9 top 10 finishes, including last year’s win with Dave Reynolds. In that 18 years there has been only 4 DNFs and 14 finishes in the top 18.

In over 320 races in Australia and New Zealand in cars including Formula Ford, GT Production, AGT, Sports Sedans, NZV8s to Supercar Development Series (2nd in 2003), and Supercars since 2000 Luke has carved himself a career to be proud of and at 40 years of age shows no sign of slowing up.  

He has maintained a fine family heritage following father Kent (a two time Australian Production Car Champion) and uncle Brett not only into motorsport but as a long time PIARC members.

Luke we salute you and you are very worthy recipient of the 2017 John Lanyon Competitor of the Year Award.

The PIARC Clubsport Competitor of The Year Award was inaugurated in 2003 with Phil Dunkin being the 1st recipient and since then it has been presented every year. The 15th such recipient is long term member and sprint competitor Wayne Sebire.

Wayne has achieved great success with his faithful EH Holden taking him to 3rd in class C4 in the 2017 Victorian Super Sprint Championship from a field 13 competitors and to 16th Outright from almost 200 competitors despite competing in only 4 of the 7 rounds.

What a fantastic result, being only beaten into first and second by a Nissan GTR and a HSV GTS respectively.

This effort and the consistency last year and in many years of PIARC Sprints has without a doubt earned Wayne this award.

Geoff Bull

President PIARC



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