The only driver to ever win the Australian Driver's Championship, plus the Australian Sportscar and Touring Car Championships, has been awarded the Australian Sports Medal for services to motorsport.

Cat Racing star John Bowe recently received the award which was instigated this year to commemorate Australian sporting achievement.

Authorised by the Governor-General, the new award is a new addition to the Australian honours system.

"I was extremely surprised to receive such an honour," Bowe said.

"I have always strived to achieve the best results possible, you never really think about awards like these, but it is certainly nice to be recognised in this manner.

"It is also great for someone in our sport to be honoured like this, but I am still in a bit of a state of shock that I was selected.

"This season has been very tough and I certainly didn't expect to be receiving any awards this year.

"There have been a lot of people - sponsors, mechanics, team-mates and supporters - who also deserve a part of this medal. I would never have been able to do a lap without any of their assistance over the years."

Nominations for the Australian Sports Medal have were recommended by the Prime Minister; Federal, State and Territory sports ministers; Senators; Members of the House of Representatives; or peak sports bodies recognised by the Australian Sports Commission.

The medal was created to recognise the contributions of both current and former sports participants and for those who have provided support services to sport.

"The medal is a unique way for Australia to recognise the wide-ranging efforts of those who have made Australia a great sporting nation," said Martin Bonsey, Official Secretary to the Governor-General.

--Paul Ryan