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Australian rallying Hall of Fame recipient, Ross Dunkerton, has been recognised in the 2018 Australia Day Honours, and has received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM). The former Datsun / Nissan and Mitsubishi factory driver has been honoured for his services to motorsport in Australia.
Dunkerton is a five time Australian Rally Champion, in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979 and 1983, driving Datsun 1600s, 240Zs, 260Zs, and even a Holden Commodore. He also won the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 1991 and 1992 driving a Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 as a full-time factory driver for Mitsubishi Ralliart.
Dunkerton is one of three Australian rally drivers to achieve the FIA’s A seed status (the others being Chris Atkinson and Cody Crocker). “I’m quite chuffed,” Dunkerton told his local Cairns Post newspaper. “I’ve had a really good innings and luckily I’m still doing it,” he said. “If I can still drive without having a crash then I’ll keep going. “I’ve been very lucky … this is the icing on the cake.” RallySport Magazine congratulates Dunkerton on his well deserved honour.  
Ross Dunkerton Datsun 710

Ross Dunkerton driving a factory Datsun 710 SSS in the Southern Cross Rally in 1977. Photo: Bruce Keys

The Order of Australia is the principal and most prestigious means of recognising outstanding members of the community at a national level and nominations are encouraged from all members of the Australian public. The Order of Australia was established in 1975 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Prior to 1975 Australians were recognised under the British honours system, also known as Imperial awards.
Ross Dunkerton

Ross Dunkerton working on his Datsun 1600 during the 2017 Southern Cross Rally.

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