Scott McLaughlin claimed his maiden Bathurst title yesterday in a dramatic finish.

The reigning Supercars champion is sweeping all before him this season. If he stays in Australia – there are inevitable predictions he may take his talents to America – then records will surely fall. Right now, the 26-year-old Kiwi - who lives in Brisbane - is virtually unbeatable in Australasia's elite motor racing series.

Here is the full story of the rise of a young man who put the heartache of a 2017 disaster behind him to emerge as a motorsport colossus.

Let's start with the cars, because McLaughlin has mastered something which is no ordinary racing machine.

Australian Mark Larkham, the former driver