Mike Kable Young Gun Award

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Mike Kable Young Gun Award
Awarded forBest young driver in Supercars.
Presented bySupercars
Reward(s)Trophy, sponsorship grant
First awarded2000
Currently held byWill Brown

The Mike Kable 'Young Gun' Award, formally known as the Mike Kable Rookie of the Year Award, is an Australian award for the best young driver in Supercars. The award is dedicated to the memory of the widely respected motoring journalist, Mike Kable.


Mike Kable was a long-time motor racing journalist, who originally worked for The Australian for almost three decades and then as a freelance journalist. After his death from cancer in May 2000, the then AVESCO chairman Tony Cochrane named the new award in his honour. "Mike Kable will forever remain an inspiration for his vision and unwavering support of young drivers and his contribution to the V8 Supercar category," Cochrane said.[1] "Mike was both a friend and unabashed publicist to a host of up-and coming motor racing talent from Craig Lowndes, to Mick Doohan and Sir Jack Brabham. He was always looking for the next great driver and I am honoured to name this prestigious award after him," he concluded.[1]

The award includes a AU$15,000 sponsorship grant to aid in the development of the recipient. The award largely replaced the Bathurst 1000 rookie of the year award which ceased being used at around the same time.

Four recipients of the award, Marcos Ambrose, Rick Kelly, Mark Winterbottom and James Courtney, have gone on to win the V8 Supercars championship title later in their career.


The medal is awarded to the rookie of the year for the season in either the main series (Virgin Australia Supercars Championship) or the Dunlop Super2 Series. It is voted on by the motor sport media, including Mike Kable’s former colleagues, which provides an independent perspective on who has been the best rookie throughout the Supercars season.

Previous Winners[edit]

Year Recipient
2000 Australia Matthew White[2]
2001 Australia Marcos Ambrose[3]
2002 Australia Rick Kelly[4]
2003 Australia Mark Winterbottom[5]
2004 Australia Warren Luff[6]
2005 Australia Grant Denyer[7]
2006 Australia James Courtney[8]
2007 Australia Dale Wood[9]
2008 Australia Karl Reindler[10]
2009 Australia James Moffat[11]
2010 Australia Tim Blanchard[12]
2011 Australia Chaz Mostert[13]
2012 Australia Scott Pye[14]
2013 New Zealand Scott McLaughlin[15]
2014 Australia Todd Hazelwood[16]
2015 Australia Ashley Walsh[17]
2016 Australia Cameron Waters[18]
2017 Australia Will Brown[19]


  1. ^ a b Motorsport journalist Mike Kable honoured with new V8 Supercar award 10/6/00 Archived 2009-10-05 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ V8X - 2000 V8 Supercar Awards Archived 2011-03-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Mark Winterbottom Biography[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ HPDC V8 Supercar Series Form Guide Archived 2011-04-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Grant Denyer V8 Supercars Archived 2011-02-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ 2011 V8 Supercar Series News - V8 Supercar series, race news & results, Holden, Ford | V8dailydump.com.au Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Jamie Whincup takes consolation for V8 Supercar Championship Series disappointment Archived 2012-09-18 at Archive.is
  10. ^ Karl Reindler @ Holden Motorsport Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ PICS: 2009 V8 Supercar Gala Dinner « SpeedCafe - Get Your Racing Fix Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ V8 Awards: Blanchard is Mike Kable Young Gun « SpeedCafe - Get Your Racing Fix Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Chaz Mostert collects Mike Kable Young Gun « SpeedCafe - Get Your Racing Fix
  14. ^ Winterbottom happy to put pedal to the medal
  15. ^ "McLaughlin aims Higher". Archived from the original on 2014-02-14. Retrieved 2014-02-18.
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "Lowndes secures his fifth Barry Sheene Medal". Speedcafe. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  18. ^ "McLaughlin awarded Sheene Medal at Supercars gala". Speedcafe. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Brown awarded Mike Kable Young Gun". Supercars. 27 November 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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