MOTORSPORT: Scott McLaughlin is better than Peter Brock. That is the stunning claim from Jason Bright on the eve of the championship decider with the V8 veteran rating the DJR/Team Penske young gun the best driver he has seen.
In a bombshell call ahead of McLaughlin's one-on-one fight against Jamie Whincup for the V8 crown, Bright declared McLaughlin the best V8 racer he has driven against during his proud 20-year Supercar's career.
And Bright has raced against Brock, Mark Skaife, Craig Lowndes and Whincup - all undisputed legends of the sport.
"I think Scott is the greatest I have seen," Bright said.
"Some of his laps this year have just been spectacular. I don't think I have ever scene anyone get as much out of his car as Scott does. He is just unbelievable."
Bright rated McLaughlin ahead of nine-time Bathurst winner and former Holden Racing Team stablemate Brock in a call that is sure to spark widespread debate.
"Look, it is hard to compare guys across different eras," Bright said.
"But I just haven't seen someone with this much raw talent or ability to get a result out of a car."
Bright declared McLaughlin's championship rival Whincup as the next best ahead of the mouth-watering Newcastle 500 CBD street fight.
"Jamie's achievements speak for themselves," Bright said.
"His records are unbelievable. And yes it is hard to compare them. It would be out of Scott and Jamie. Scott is just well on top of his game."
Bright said McLaughlin's feats in a Garry Rogers Motorsport Volvo proved the Kiwi wunderkind was a champion in waiting.
McLaughlin won six races while driving the X60 before switching to DJR/Team Penske at the beginning of this year.
"Everyone thought that the Volvo was the best weapon out there when Scott was winning races,'' Bright said.
"But he kept on showing up his teammates and they were no slouches. I think he proved that he was the reason why they were winning races not the car."
McLaughlin cemented his place in V8 history earlier this year when he became the quickest ever Supercars driver to cut a lap of Mount Panorama.
In the newest instalment of the "Lap of the Gods", McLaughlin screamed his way to a 2:03:8312 in a perfect Bathurst 1000 shootout lap.
"We have really seen how good he is this year," Bright said.
"He just jumped in that car during his first year with them and dominated. Fabian is a very good driver and Scott was able to dominate very quickly. He is getting the most out of the car. He doesn't leave anything."
Bright will make his last stand as a full-time driver this weekend with practice for the season ending Newcastle 500 beginning with practice on Friday.