Motorsport Australia celebrated its sunshine state champions and exceptional volunteers at the Queensland State Awards, presented by Shannons Insurance.
Like previous states, the virtual presentation was hosted by Cameron van den Dungen and was broadcast via Motorsport Australia’s website, as selected individuals were awarded for their efforts after what was a busy year for the state.
Watch a replay of the Queensland State Awards, presented by Shannons Insurance here.
The presentation started off with a speech from the State Council Chairperson, Bradley Tubb, before acknowledging all the new clubs for 2021 and those celebrating major milestones – the most notable being the Queensland Racing Drivers Association, which clocked up its 50th anniversary last year.
The state’s racing champions were then acknowledged with the first pool of recognised title winners including Hill Climb champion Dean Amos, Motorkhana Champion Brant Rayment, Queensland Rally Champions Glenn Brinkman and Steven Richardson and Off Road Champions Robert Tuner and Jordan Bensemann.
Also receiving acknowledgment for their stellar 2021 seasons were the 13 Motorsport Australia State Circuit Racing Champions.
Photo: Gran Turrisi Photography
From Queensland Hyundai Series X3 Champion Luke Pink to Sports Sedans Champion Chris Donnelly, many of the winners posted in their title speeches to include in the presentation.
Following on from the state champions, Queensland officials were then recognised for efforts in not just 2021, but for many years to the sport, starting off with Ann Thomson Trophy recipient Barry Neuendorff, who won the award for his outstanding contribution to the sport, especially as Clerk of Course to the challenging 2021 Tatts Finke Desert Race.
Five volunteer officials were further honoured for their service to Queensland Motorsport with Ross and Paul Makela, Terry Scully and Kevin Hunter all receiving Service Awards and Bradley Tubb named as the Service Star.
The presentation then wrapped up with the final award for the evening, the State Official of the Year, which was presented to Nigel Faull.
Having been an official for more than two decades, Faull has held multiple roles in the sport, ranging from trackside Flag Marshal, Sector Marshal, Clerk or Course and Race Director at local, state and national championships.
Faull also played a part of Queensland State Officials Advisory Panel since 2016, where he is presently the Panel Chair, as well as working as a presenter and organiser at the various Queensland State Motorsport Expos.
As one of the many to submit video messages, Faull thanked paid special tribute to his wife for her support.
“I am honoured and humbled and it’s much appreciated,” Faull.
“When I was introduced to the sport about 20 years ago, Ron Peach, told me that the best thing I can do is do it for myself, not for awards, accolades and certainly not for the paycheck.
“It’s something that has been instilled with me for my whole career in motorsport.
“Need to thank Motorsport Australia for helping with training and helping me become a better person.
“I also have to give a special thanks to my wife Jessica, because without her support and her willingness to share me with my motorsport family, I wouldn’t be standing here thanking everyone.”
The next virtual State Awards ceremony will feature Victorian winners and be held on Wednesday 23 February.