Sheene's widow to wave flag at Melbourne

Stephanie Sheene will wave the chequered flag when the winner of the Australian Grand Prix crosses the line. Motorcycling champion Barry Sheene was due to do the honours at last year's event but was too ill to attend and died the day after the ...

Stephanie Sheene will wave the chequered flag when the winner of the Australian Grand Prix crosses the line. Motorcycling champion Barry Sheene was due to do the honours at last year's event but was too ill to attend and died the day after the GP.

"I'm not a person who seeks the limelight but I was very touched when the Australian Grand Prix Corporation invited me to wave the flag at the end of this year's Formula One race," Stephanie Sheene said.

"Motor racing was Barry's life and passion and he had been looking forward to this honour last year, but unfortunately he wasn't well enough to do it. I'll feel very proud and humble to do the honours for him on March 7. It was lovely, and when I had time to think about it I felt a sentimental sense of duty to do it."

Barry Sheene was 52 when he died after a long battle with cancer. He won two world motorcycling championships, in 1976 and 1977, and was a popular television sports commentator.

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