Mark Skaife's most recent serious race was at the 2017 Bathurst 12 Hour. Pic: Supplied / BMW

FOR Mark Skaife’s return visit to the V8 Sleuth Podcast powered by Timken, we saved the toughest question for last: has he retired from racing?

The five-time Supercars champion and six-time Bathurst 1000 winner drove his last Supercars race at Mount Panorama in 2011, where he narrowly missed out on securing a seventh ‘Great Race’ victory to his tally.

He has made only a handful of serious appearances behind the wheel in the years since, including a guest Porsche Carrera Cup appearance at Albert Park in 2012 and his drive of a BMW M6 in the Bathurst 12 Hour in 2017.

Pic: an1images.com / Dirk Klynsmith

Skaife openly answers the question at the end of a podcast that covers a very diverse range of topics off the back of the release of his new book Mark Skaife: The Complete Illustrated Autobiography, available now for purchase in the V8 Sleuth Bookshop.

Just some of the stories told include driving a genuine Jordan Formula 1 car around a car park, the time he was supposed to race Michael Schumacher when they were karting juniors, when he battled Mario Andretti throughout a stint at the Le Mans 24 Hours, and the time he had a bit of explaining to do after shunting a company-owned Nissan road car…

Listen to the full episode in the player below.