Scott McLaughlin wasted little time in declaring his third Supercars title as his best after his advantage over Jamie Whincup stretched to an unassailable 305 points at The Bend, with only the Bathurst finale to go.
He had even started campaigning before wrapping up the title. Last Saturday night, when he still needed to grow his advantage over Whincup by another 37 points, he set out his stall.
"Whoever loses is not going to call it a championship, or is going to be a little salty," he said. "And then whoever wins is going to say it meant the most.