Twenty five-year-old Jamie has been racing go-karts since he was seven, which he did as a "father/son thing" with his dad around tracks in Melbourne.

Then we started to enjoy the racing and started to race all over Victoria and then, eventually, all over Australia. We raced, gee, 40 weekends in the year I suppose," he said.

"We did a lot, a lot, of racing, but Dad is by far my biggest influence. He was the one who drove me around and he was there all weekends helping me out with my karts.

"He enjoyed it as well, he loved his motorsports," said Jamie.

His family has long been involved in motorsports; his uncle used to race cars, with Jamie's father as his mechanic.

"So motorsports is a family interest and, Dad, yeah, he definitely does enjoy going to the racetrack."

Jamie had a similar progression as Craig, from go-karts straight into Formula Ford after his father and uncle bought him a car "much to my delight".

After winning the 2002 Formula Ford national championships, Jamie was offered a V8 Supercar spot in 2003 but then found himself without a drive for 2004.

"I was back working at dad's printing press and really had to work hard to make it as a racing driver."

He was offered a position with Tasman Motorsport in 2005 and, following a very successful year including podiums at Bathurst and Sandown was offered a performance-based contract teaming up with Craig at Triple Eight.

"Now, I look back and see I'm driving for one of the best teams in the category and I've been lucky enough to do two Bathursts and second in the championship last year you know, they're my biggest achievements," said Jamie.

As a single person, Jamie's life at present is dedicated to racing cars.

"I don't have a partner and I don't really need any responsibilities apart from getting the racing car around the track as fast as possible," he said.

"I live in just a small apartment on the Gold Coast and being single, I can dedicate all my time and effort into being the best team member and driver I can be."

Since becoming involved with Komatsu through its sponsorship of Triple Eight, Jamie has had opportunities to operate a number of Komatsu machines, including excavators and wheel loaders.

"I particularly found driving a loader very weird. The whole pivot in the middle thing was quite strange, it felt very unnatural at first, but after a short time I started to get into that, and I can see exactly why they do it.

"It keeps the bucket very straight, so you can get in there and shift material very accurately," he said.

"I was also very impressed that with such a big, heavy piece of machinery, how finely tuned it is, and how delicately it does things, especially the excavator.

"I've now got a lot respect for good excavator operators as well.

"I've watched those guys smooth topsoil on a bank and it all looks pretty easy, but, you've got to have three or four things happening at once and it takes real skill.

"Driving a high-performance racing car is a demanding, high-skill operation but so is operating a piece of earthmoving or mining equipment. Those guys just don't get the same recognition as we do," said Jamie.

You can read more about Jamie and Triple Eight Race Engineering, or Jamie's own fanclub website