DirtFish deputy editor Luke Barry has been named as British motorsport governing body Motorsport UK’s Young Journalist of the Year for 2022.
Luke joined the DirtFish Media team at its inception in 2020, working across WRC weekends as a freelancer.
He joined the project full time in March 2021 to take the deputy editor position. In the last two years, he has become the site’s driving force, an integral part of the writing team and a very welcome addition to our YouTube channel as well as DirtFish’s weekly podcast, SPIN, The Rally Pod.
Judges at Motorsport UK’s prestigious award ceremony praised Luke’s writing style for its: “Exceptional originality and distinctive, entertaining style.”
On top of that, his submitted work showcased: “Excellent range and a technique that, at its heart, is punchy, succinct and colorful without compromising on content.”
They’re not telling us anything we didn’t know, but it’s fabulous to see Luke’s quality writing recognized.
Luke was pretty chuffed too. He said: “I’m far more used to writing about winners than becoming a winner myself, so I’m not really sure what to say!
“It really is a tremendous honor to be recognized for my work last year, and I’d really like to thank all of the judges for their kind words and, of course, Steve [Rimmer, DirtFish owner] and all my amazing colleagues for their support.
“Working for DirtFish and in this sport has never felt like a job to me, it’s something really special and I take great pride in being part of such a talented team.”
Steve was delighted with Luke’s award, adding: “The growth of DirtFish Media since we started in 2020 has been phenomenal – you only have to look at the three million pageviews we achieved with DirtFish Live Center at the Monte Carlo Rally last week for proof of that.
“With writing as engaging as it is entertaining and a tireless work ethic, Luke has been front and centre in that development.
“Luke, many congratulations on becoming an award-winning journalist. It’s entirely deserved.”