With almost 20 years of experience, van Leeuwen is one of the most respect journalists in the industry, and a regular news-breaker.
He has already broken one of the biggest stories of 2024 with his revelation of a looming split between Erebus Motorsport and its 2023 champion, Brodie Kostecki, mere weeks out from the new season.
Also an award-winning podcaster, this is the third time that van Leeuwen has picked up the Motorsport Australia Journalist of the Year honour.
The accolade comes as the West Australian leads Speedcafe into an exciting new era; evolving its coverage of Australian motorsport, expanding its global offering, and driving its growing podcast offerings.
“It's an honour to win Motorsport Australia's Journalist of the Year award for a third time,” said van Leeuwen.
“It caps off a huge last year in terms of my career, the highlight of which was joining the Speedcafe team.
“Leading the editorial team here has been some of my most satisfying work and to have that recognised by our sport's governing body really means a lot.”
Van Leeuwen is currently on assignment in Europe, with the award being accepted on his behalf in Melbourne by Speedcafe founder/co-owner Brett ‘Crusher' Murray.
“Andrew van Leeuwen is a first-class news guy and he's been handed the reins at Speedcafe to guide and inspire a truly independent and valuable news team, and we are privileged to have him as the leader of the site,” said Murray in accepting the gong.
“Andrew is keen to ensure that I thank his fellow Speedcafe staff members for their continued 24/7 commitment, and his young family for their encouragement and understanding of what is required to be the best in your field.
“I'm confident that it won't be too long before he's up here accepting another one of these in person.”
New life members were inducted in Lawrie Schmitt, Paul Morris, Frank Lowndes, Stephen Preece, and Phillip East.
See below for the list of award winners
|Member of Honour
|Phil Irving Award
|Australian Motorsport Official of the Year
|Peter Brock Medal
|Young Driver of the Year
|FIA Best Track or Road Marshal of the Season
|Donald Thomson Award
|FIA Girls on Track High Achiever Award
|Motorsport Australia Photographer of the Year
|Motorsport Australia Photograph of the Year
|Motorsport Australia Journalist of the Year
|Andrew van Leeuwen
|Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship
|Polaris Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship
|Side by Side (SXS) Championship – Driver
|Side by Side (SXS) Championship – Navigator
|Speed & Auto Test Championships
|Motorsport Australia Motorkhana Championship
|Motorsport Australia Hill Climb Championship
|Motorsport Australia Khanacross Championship
|Motorsport Australia Supersprint Championship
|Repco Supercars Championship
|Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship – Outright
|Porsche Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia Championship – Am
|Australian Drivers' Championship (S5000)
|Tasman Series (S5000)
|Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS – Pro Am
|Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS – Am
|Fanatec GT World Challenge Australia powered by AWS – Trophy
|Dunlop Super2 Series
|Dunlop Super3 Series
|Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Series
|Gulf Western Oil Touring Car Masters
|National Trans Am Series
|Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge – Outright
|Porsche Michelin Sprint Challenge – Pro-Am
|Tyrepower V8 SuperUtes Series
|Battery World Aussie Racing Cars Super Series
|Mobil 1 Australian Production Cars – Outright
|Monochrome Australian Production Invited
|Kumho V8 Touring Car Series
|Toyota 86 Series
|Workhorse Radical Cup Australia
|Australian Prototype Series
|Precision National Sports Sedan Series
|Australian Formula Open
|Australian Formula Ford Series
|Motorsport Australia S5000 Esports Cup
|Motorsport Australia V8 Touring Car Esports Cup
|Motorsport Australia GT3 Esports Cup
|Motorsport Australia Formula Vee Esports Cup
|Motorsport Australia Formula 4 Esports Cup