Nice guys don't always finish last. Sometimes they finish second - like Brad Jones.
New South Wales
Born: 02 April 1960
V8Supercar Starts: 173
Best Finish: 2
Jones was a man possessed at Bathurst last year, wringing everything he could from a surprisingly swift OzEmail Racing Falcon in an inspiring charge towards a boyhood dream.
The dream never eventuated, David unable to pip the Holden Racing Team Goliaths, but Jones' defiant podium stand (with co-driver, John Cleland) should propel him to greater heights this season.
As will the expansion to a two-car unit, incorporating a second OzEmail Falcon for equally wily V8 Supercar stalwart, John Bowe. Together, they form the most experience - and oldest - pairing on the V8 Supercar circuit this year.
Jones' trophy cabinet strains under the weight of its contents, including some nine national titles. He began his career on two wheels before progressing to Formula Ford at the age of 20. A string of successes would follow, including the Australian GT-Production Car Championship, NASCAR and AUSCAR titles, and dual two-litre Touring Car crowns.
Most thought the transition from Super Touring to V8 Supercars would be a breeze for a man and team renowned for its versatility. But, Bathurst aside, success has been painfully elusive.
Buoyed by that against-all-odds Bathurst result, that should change.
John Bowe is reviving his Supercar career with the Albury boys, after being unceremoniously dumped by Briggs Motorsport last season.
Born: 16 April 1954
V8Supercar Starts: 368
V8Supercar Wins: 34
The departure was all the more unexpected given Bowe, just weeks prior, set a punishing pace at Mount Panorama.
At 47, he remains a relentless racer. The bearded Taswegian, who built his career alongside Dick Johnson, for the most part as one of the class leaders, is the same man on track as he is off it - incessantly tough, but fair.
Nurturing the fledgling CAT Racing team brought out the best in his driving. A conducive OzEmail environment should do the same.