Multiple South African motor racing champion, Leeroy Poulter, is the 2012 South African Motor Sportsman of the year. The prestigious Prize was awarded by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists.
It was first made 40 years ago to racing legend John Love and the list of winners since reads like the who's who of South African racing drivers.
Past winners include the only South African to win a Formula One world title, Jody Scheckter and 2009 Dakar champion Giniel de Villiers. Poulter has won numerous South African championships.
The 30-year-old has established himself as the top ranked special stage driver in 2011
Poulter made the switch from circuit racing to rallies two years ago, winning the 1600 class in his first year. He moved to the premier S2000 class last year, and won two rounds of the hotly contested series.
The 30-year-old, driving a Toyota Auris, has established himself as the top ranked special stage driver in 2011.
Other nominees for the award included motorcycle champions David MacFadden and Sheridan Morias and Cristiano Morgado, winner of the Rotax Max World Karting Finals last year.