The form man of recent times in the Virgin Australia 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 – all with five – on the all-time winners list.
A seventh followed in dramatic circumstances in 2017, the year Whincup also moved past team-mate Craig Lowndes as the winner of the most Supercars/ATCC races.
Despite his success, Whincup has had his share of setbacks, dropped by first team boss Garry Rogers after his debut season with GRM in 2003.
Demon fast in karting, Whincup started in Formula Ford in 2000 and was crowned Australian champion two years later.
Spotted by Rogers, he made his Supercars debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a full-time seat a year later – but a tough season 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 for 2006.
Winning on debut in Adelaide, Whincup also claimed a significant Bathurst victory in with Lowndes in a successful first season with the team.
He challenged for the 2007 title, winning four rounds on his way to runner-up to Garth Tander by a mere two points – before taking his first two crowns in '08 and '09.
Another near miss in 2010 followed, before the Triple Eight ace grabbed a third in '11, becoming just the second man to win the championship in a Ford and a Holden after Norm Beechey.
That started a run of four titles, broken by Mark Winterbottom and Shane van Gisbergen in 2015 and '16, before Whincup grabbed his seventh overall in '17.
Whincup also has four Bathurst wins to his name, and reunites with Lowndes in the 2019 PIRTEK Enduro Cup.