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Jason Richards has been announced as the inaugural Peter Brock Medallist, recognising his outstanding achievement and positive endorsement of motor sport.

Jason's wife Charlotte was presented with the award at a CAMS gala dinner on Saturday evening.

Jason Richards Peter Brock MedalRichards, who sadly passed away from cancer last December, was judged to have best exemplified the characteristics that the great Peter Brock stood for during his racing career.

The selection committee specifically noted Jason's obvious and warm enthusiasm for the sport, despite facing a difficult personal battle over the past 12 months.

Of special note was how this enthusiasm was conveyed to the motor sport community and fans as he made numerous visits to racetracks throughout 2011 - occasionally making highly competitive cameo appearances behind the wheel.

The medal also recognises the New Zealand-born driver's record of strong results in Australian motor sport - a V8 Supercar race-winner, Jason Richards also appeared on the Bathurst podium three times.

However, it is widely accepted that Richards never had a car capable of matching his undoubted talent in V8 Supercars.

Jason Richards was advised of his success in winning the inaugural Peter Brock Medal shortly before his death.

Andrew Papadopoulos, President, CAMS, says Jason Richards was one of the most popular figures in Australian motor sport.

"Jason was judged by the selection committee to have best demonstrated all of the key attributes of this award to a high degree," said Mr Papadopoulos.

"Outstanding driver ability, a fair and sportsmanlike attitude, support, encouragement and motivation of and for the driver's peers...

"A key element is a willingness and capacity to promote the sport in the wider community - something which Peter Brock was renowned for.

"Last year Jason was going through one of the toughest things that anyone could possibly go through - yet he kept turning up to race tracks and getting into race cars.

"That is about as positive an endorsement for motor sport as any individual could make.

"His interaction with the fans, and his enthusiasm are examples of what this award is about - I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the Peter Brock Medal."