V8 Utes Lamont Nominated for ..

Personality of the Year

Tis the Season of awards and following the Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series Presentation Dinner last Sunday night,  driver, Wayne Lamont will be vying for the Confederation of Australian Motorsports (CAMS) personality of the year award following nomination in early November. 

The winner will be announced this Friday, 12th December at the CAMS National Awards Night to be held at the Sofitel in Melbourne, Victoria.

Lamont is up against 16 other personalities some of which include: Sheridan Philips (Aussie Racing Cars), Terry Knight (Porsche GT3 Challenge), Geoff Brown (Saloon Cars), Brett Holdsworth (Commodore Cup), Jim Richards (Biante Touring Car Masters) and James Courtney (V8 Supercars).

The award is sponsored by Shannons and “recognises competitors who through their actions both during and outside of competition are good ambassadors for Australian Motor Sport.”

Some of the criteria for the award include; a good model for persons interested in entering motor sport, personable and a fair competitor.

The Award has previously been won by Sue Evans, Marcos Ambrose, Simon Evans Craig Lowndes and former V8 Ute drivers’, Marcus Zukanovic and Grant Denyer.

Lamont is in good stead right now after teammate Layton Crambrook won the 2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series on Sunday at Oran Park in Sydney.

“It was such a good feeling when Layton won. We have become one big family and it meant a great deal to all of us,” said Lamont.

Crambrook was amongst a handful of drivers who were presented with awards at the V8 Utes dinner.

2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series Awards include:

2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series Champion - Layton Crambrook

2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series Runner up - Kim Jane

2008 Yokohama V8 Utes Racing Series Third Place outright - Grant Johnson

2008 Racer Industries Rookie of the Year Award - Glenn McNally

Ashley Cooper Rookie of the Year Memorial Trophy – Glenn McNally

Team Manager of the Year - Rick Crambrook

Most Improved Driver - Stephen Robinson

V8 Ute Masters Award (for the best performing Driver over 45 years of age without professional racing experience) - Charlie Kovacs

Charlie Kovacs also received a standing ovation in recognition of his 200th Race in a V8 Ute and was presented with a framed image commemorating the achievement.

Long time V8 Ute Board member Ian McAlister was also recognised for his efforts following his announcement that he will step down from the V8 Utes board early in 2009.

McAlister will still be involved in the series and will take on the role of patron for the V8 Utes category.

The 2008 V8 Utes highlights will be televised on the Seven Network on Saturday, 20th December at 1:30pm (AEDST).

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