Craig Lowndes, OAM

Former V8 Supercars champion and five-time Bathurst 1000 winner Craig Lowndes has been bestowed with an Order of Australia Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The TeamVodafone driver received the award in recognition of his motorsport achievements and his community work, particularly his contribution to charities and road safety education programs.

Lowndes finished a season's best second last time out at Phillip Island “I feel very honoured and humble to be recognised in this way,” the 37-year-old veteran is quoted as saying in The Australian newspaper.

Lowndes gets back behind the wheel this weekend at the SkyCity Triple Crown at Darwin’s Hidden Valley Raceway, where he’ll be hoping to kickstart his 2012 championship campaign with headline results in the event’s two races.

Lowndes currently lies fourth in the championship standings, 239 points behind overall leader Will Davison, having netted two podium finishes to-date. He finished in a season’s best second place last time out at Phillip Island.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.