Competition heats up in the V8 Supercars
Posted by: Cal on 3/10/2013
Last month, Paul Dumbrell and Jamie Whincup took the Wilson Security Sandown 500, but Whincup's aspirations for V8 Supercar glory don't end there.
Despite all the records and prizes he has already achieved, he's set a new target for 2013, according to V8 Supercars.
This year, Whincup wants to win the 500km and 1,000km endurance double without his Triple Eight teammate, Craig Lowndes.
Previously, Whincup and Lowndes took the Sandown/Bathurst double glory in 2007.
However in 2010, Lowndes went on to win with another teammate, Mark Skaife.
But it looks like Whincup is now feeling more confident having won the Wilson Security Sandown 500, and wants to claim the double with the Auto Bathurst 1000 once again.
Whincup has said that it would be a major feat to win the double, as it would mean overcoming brilliant drivers and an equally effective Holden vehicle. However, he does have hope.
"It’s possible to do the double, Lowndesy did that in 2010," Whincup told vs8supercars.
"We will go up there and put in the same dedication and the same preparation as we did at Sandown and put our best foot forward and may the best man win up there."
Whincup noted that he has immense respect for Lowndes, who has been his teammate for almost eight seasons. He said that the garage will work together to find competitive speed for both cars so that they can battle it out on the track.
Whincup however wants to prove that whoever wins the 500 is still a contender for the 1000. He said that there is a bit of a preconception that whoever wins the 500 doesn't deserve the Bathurst 1000 because you've already got one under your belt and it's someone else's shot. Whincup wants to show that he's still very much in the game.
More about Jamie Whincup
Holding the number one position in V8 Supercars, Jamie Whincup has had a dazzling driving career. In the last six years, he has not finished outside of the top two in the championship.
Among the many accolades under his racing belt, he is also just the second man after Norm Beechey to have won the championship in both a Ford and a Holden.
Get your tickets to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 for October 10-13 to see all the action in person at Mount Panorama. Watching car tyres screech around this mountainous track, challenging for even the most experienced drivers, is sure to be a thrilling experience.