The form man of recent times in the Supercars Championship, Jamie Whincup is the 'all-time' champ with seven titles to his name.
His 2014 championship meant he surpassed Dick Johnson, Mark Skaife and Ian ‘Pete’ Geoghegan on the all-time winners list to become the most successful modern day Supercars racer, before taking the hard-fought '17 crown.
Last year, he also earned his 106th victory at Sydney Motorsport Park to move past team-mate Craig Lowndes as the driver with the most race wins.
Despite his success, Whincup has had his share of setbacks, dropped by first team boss Garry Rogers after his debut season with Garry Rogers Motorsport in 2003.
Demon fast in karting, Whincup raced Formula Ford in 2000 and was crowned Australian champion in 2002.
Spotted by Rogers, he made his V8 Supercar debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a full-time position with the team a year later – but a tough year meant he was out of a drive, to only tackle the enduros in 2004.
Given a lifeline by Tasman Motorsport the following year, Whincup responded in style, partnering the late Jason Richards to podium results at Sandown and Bathurst which paved the way to joining Triple Eight Race Engineering for 2006.
Winning on debut in Adelaide, Whincup also won a significant Bathurst in partnership with Craig Lowndes in a successful first season with the team.
He returned in 2007 to challenge for the title, winning four rounds on his way to becoming runner-up to Garth Tander by a mere two points – from then on, he couldn’t be stopped until 2010.
The Triple Eight ace struck back with force in 2011, making him just the second man after Norm Beechey to have won the championship in both a Ford and Holden and going on to take four in a row, winning 2014 with one event to spare.
He lost out to long-time rival Mark Winterbottom with a difficult 2015 he finished fifth, and traded blows with new team-mate Shane van Gisbergen in '16 but ultimately fell short at the final event.
Whincup went one better last year, rising to the challenge of Shell V-Power Racing and Scott McLaughlin to secure his record-extending seventh title on the final afternoon of the season in Newcastle.