Scott McLaughlin has taken over Craig Lowndes’ mantle as Supercars’ most popular driver, winning the annual fan vote for 2017.
The 24-year-old was presented with the award this morning following the annual poll on Supercars.com.
Triple Eight Holden star Lowndes had taken out the award every year since it was initiated in 2013.
McLaughlin’s rise to the status of most popular driver comes in just his fifth Supercars season and first with Shell V-Power Racing.
“The backbone of our sport is the fans and we wouldn’t be doing it without them so obviously it’s a massive award for me," he told Supercars.com.
"I’ve got a great team behind me helping me with my off-track stuff and have tuned me up in a few places where I was a bit rough around the edges.
"Thanks to everyone who voted, it’s a very proud moment for me."
Just a quick thank you to all my supporters. Just been informed I have won the 2017 most popular driver award. Over the moon, and as always thank you all for the support. The sport wouldn’t be the same without you, and little people like this! Thank you! Time to race! #VASCpic.twitter.com/UOkWcR69w4