Whincup’s road to equalling win record

  • 14/07/2017
  • By Stefan Bartholomaeus
  • Virgin Australia Supercars Championship

“Winning is that money can’t buy experience. It’s what we all strive for.”

So surmised Jamie Whincup last Sunday, where a 105th career win saw him draw level with team-mate Craig Lowndes at the top of the all-time ATCC/Supercars winners list.

It was another key milestone in Whincup’s march through the record books which in 2014 saw him become the first man to win six championships.

Whincup also stands alone at the top of other key records including most pole positions (74) and podiums (177).

Whincup’s journey to greatness has been well documented, with a horror first season at Garry Rogers Motorsport resulting in unemployment at year’s end.

The young Victorian resurrected his career with a 2004 enduro campaign at Perkins Engineering and a solid full-time season a year later with Tasman.

Particularly strong drives in the 2005 enduros saw him picked to take up the second Triple Eight seat alongside Lowndes the following year, beginning a golden partnership.

Lowndes already had 58 wins and three championships to his name at the start of 2006, where the duo opened their pairing with a win apiece at the Clipsal 500.

Four of their wins – three Bathurst 1000s and a Sandown 500 - were achieved together before the rules changed to stop primary drivers from teaming up in 2010.

Take a look back through Whincup’s road to the all-time win record with his complete list of victories.

Highlighted are the 10 Whincup nominated as his best on the eve of his century last year, as well as his latest in Townsville.

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2006 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 2Ford BA
Jamie Whincup top 10 Clipsal 500 2006

“I’d worked very, very hard to get in the V8 Supercars category and then I lost my drive in ‘04. It was very hard to get back in 2005; I worked extremely hard to join a team that could win races. So to run that rollercoaster and finally get to a team that could win races (Triple Eight) and then win on debut on the Sunday – win one of the biggest events of the year – that’s right up there (with my best).

“There was a bent rim. I passed Dean Canto at turn four, we clipped, bent the rim, the rim was so badly damaged the tyre should’ve gone down – we should’ve not finished that race. But somehow the tyre stayed up and we’ve got that rim at home in my living room."

22006 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000Ford BA
Craig Lowndes Jamie Whincup Bathurst 2006

“It was an emotional day – probably more so for my team-mate Lowndesy. There was big debate whether he was going to start the car or I was going to start the car; he was an emotional wreck just before the race. He elected to start the car.

“I felt like I certainly played a role that day, got the car to the lead and handed over to Craig to do his thing – he was unbelievable in that last stint to come home.

“It was an emotional day for everyone involved and it was my first Bathurst win as well so that made it extra special."

32007 Winton Motor Raceway - Race 1Ford BF
42007 Just Car Insurance Sandown 500 - RaceFord BF
52007 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 - RaceFord BF
62007 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 2Ford BF
72007 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 3Ford BF
82008 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Ford BF
92008 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 2Ford BF
102008 Midas 400 - Race 1Ford BF
112008 Midas 400 - Race 3Ford BF
122008 Winton Motor Raceway - Race 1Ford BF
132008 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000Ford BF
142008 Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge - Race 1Ford BF
152008 Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge - Race 2Ford BF
162008 Coffee Club V8 Supercar Challenge - Race 3Ford BF
172008 Gulf Air Desert 400 - Race 1Ford BF
182008 Gulf Air Desert 400 - Race 2Ford BF
192008 Gulf Air Desert 400 - Race 3Ford BF
202008 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 2Ford BF
212008 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 3Ford BF
222008 NRMA Motoring & Services Grand Finale - Race 1Ford BF
Jamie Whincup of Triple Eight Racing during the Oran Park Grand Finale, Round 14 of the Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Oran Park, Sydney, New South Wales, December 06, 2008.

“My first championship win – I came very close in 2007 with Garth (Tander).

“I wrote the car off at Hamilton in 2008 and pretty much dropped a round. We battled our way back through all year, so it was an unbelievable feeling to cross the line in that first race on Saturday.

“To win my first championship was pretty incredible stuff.”

232009 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Ford FG
242009 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 2Ford FG
252009 Hamilton 400 - Race 1Ford FG
262009 Hamilton 400 - Race 2Ford FG
272009 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 2Ford FG
282009 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 1Ford FG
292009 Dunlop Townsville 400 - Race 1Ford FG
302009 Queensland House and Land 300 - Race 1Ford FG
312009 The Island 300 - Race 1Ford FG
322009 The Island 300 - Race 2Ford FG
332009 BigPond 300 300 - Race 1Ford FG
342010 YAS V8 400 - Race 1Holden VE
Jamie Whincup of Triple Eight Racing during the YAS V8 400, event 01 of the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, February 20, 2010.

“This was the big controversial Ford to Holden switch which was just unknown in that era. That was the big news, that Triple Eight decided to do the big switch.

“We went to Abu Dhabi – obviously a massive event for the category to race in the Middle East. It was our first time at Abu Dhabi on the big stage, first time in a Holden – good stuff.”

352010 YAS V8 400 - Race 2Holden VE
362010 Gulf Air Desert 400 - Race 1Holden VE
372010 Gulf Air Desert 400 - Race 2Holden VE
382010 ITM400 Hamilton - Race 1Holden VE
392010 ITM400 Hamilton - Race 2Holden VE
402010 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 2Holden VE
412010 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 1Holden VE
422010 Armor All Gold Coast 600 - Race 2Holden VE
during the Armor All Gold Coast 600, event 11 of the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Gold Coast Street Circuit, Surfers Paradise, Australia, Sunday, October 24, 2010.

“That epic battle with my now new team-mate Shane van Gisbergen.

"I worked pretty hard and the Gold Coast is a pretty special event for me because it’s my home event. I wanted that more than anyone else and did what I felt like I needed to in a car that was running out of rear tyres at the end of the race.

“To win a race wearing budgie smugglers – that went down in the memory bank for me!”

432011 YAS V8 400 - Race 1Holden VE
442011 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 2Holden VE
452011 Trading Post Perth Challenge - Race 1Holden VE
462011 Trading Post Perth Challenge - Race 3Holden VE
472011 Winton Motor Raceway - Race 1Holden VE
482011 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 2Holden VE
492011 Armor All Gold Coast 600 - Race 1Holden VE
502011 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 1Holden VE
512011 Falken Tasmania Challenge - Race 2Holden VE
522011 Norton 360 Sandown Challenge - Race 2Holden VE
532012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Holden VE

Jamie Whincup of Triple Eight Racing during the Clipsal 500, event 01 of the 2012 V8 Supercars Championship at the Adelaide Street Circuit, Adelaide, South Australia, March 03, 2012.

“I’m not a spiritual person – my father passed away the week before, my good mate Will Davison is leading the race, I pass him with half a lap to go and take one of the biggest wins of the year. So that’s by far my number one (best win).”

542012 Tasmania Challenge - Race 2Holden VE
552012 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 1Holden VE
562012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 1Holden VE
572012 Sucrogen Townsville 400 - Race 2Holden VE
582012 Sydney Motorsport Park 360 - Race 2Holden VE
592012 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000Holden VE

The Triple Eight Racing Holden Commodore of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell during the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, event 11 of the 2012 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, New South Wales, October 07, 2012.

"It was the 50th year (of the Bathurst race), coming on to the end of the Vodafone era that was quite significant for all of us. It was coming towards the end of that generation of car, which was what V8 Supercars was all about – Ford vs Holden.

“It was the first time I’d actually crossed the line at Bathurst … in a crazy fuel race with David Reynolds.

“One, because it’s Bathurst; two, because of the actual race itself, the battle with Davey Reynolds; and three I personally crossed the line. Which isn’t a huge factor, I still felt all those wins before were genuine wins, but it’s the icing on top of the cake, crossing the line.”

602012 Armor All Gold Coast 600 - Race 1Holden VE
612012 V8 Supercars at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race 1Holden VE
622012 V8 Supercars at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race 2Holden VE
632012 V8 Supercars at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race 3Holden VE
642012 Winton Motor Raceway - Race 1Holden VE
652013 ITM 400 Auckland - Race 2Holden VF
662013 Chill Perth 360 - Race 2Holden VF
672013 Chill Perth 360 - Race 3Holden VF
682013 Austin 400 - Race 1Holden VF
692013 Austin 400 - Race 2Holden VF
702013 Austin 400 - Race 4Holden VF
Jamie Whincup of Red Bull Racing Australia during the Texas 400, event 05 of the 2013 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, May 19, 2013.

"Austin was a big stage for us, the first time racing in the US. It was obviously a massive event, unbelievable track – to win the first race in Austin, that’s a big achievement in my books.”

712013 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 1Holden VF
722013 Coates Hire Ipswich 360 - Race 1Holden VF
732013 Wilson Security Sandown 500Holden VF
Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell of Red Bull Racing Australia after winning the 2013 Sandown 500, event 10 of the 2013 Australian V8 Supercar Championship Series at the Sandown International Motor Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, September 15, 2013.

“One of the great stories of my time in V8 Supercars and at Triple Eight. We speculated there were issues with the car, it was all hands on deck for two weeks before the event, burned the midnight oil.

“Roland committed to a new car, which is a massive cost and massive deal … and then for the guys and girls to just do a stupid stint to get the car ready.

“We got a drive-through penalty in the middle of the day, and then came back and won the race. As I said, that’s been one of the greatest stories I’ve ever been involved in."

742013 Sargent Security Phillip Island 360 - Race 3Holden VF
752013 Sydney NRMA Motoring & Services 500 - Race 1Holden VF
762014 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Holden VF
772014 Tyrepower Tasmania 400 - Race 1Holden VF
782014 Tyrepower Tasmania 400 - Race 2Holden VF
792014 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 1Holden VF
802014 SKYCITY Triple Crown - Race 2Holden VF
812014 Castrol Townsville 500 - Race 1Holden VF
822014 Castrol Townsville 500 - Race 3Holden VF
832014 Coates Hire Ipswich 400 - Race 1Holden VF
842014 Coates Hire Ipswich 400 - Race 2Holden VF
852014 Wilson Security Sandown 500Holden VF
862014 Castrol EDGE Gold Coast 600 - Race 2Holden VF
872014 Plus Fitness Phillip Island 400 - Race 2Holden VF
882014 Sydney NRMA 500 - Race 1Holden VF
892014 Sydney NRMA 500 - Race 2Holden VF
902015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Holden VF
912015 Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint - Race 3Holden VF
922015 Sydney Motorsport Park SuperSprint - Race 2Holden VF
932015 ITM 500 Auckland - Race 1Holden VF
942015 ITM 500 Auckland - Race 3Holden VF
during the ITM 500 Auckland, in Pukekohe, New Zealand, November 08, 2015.

“As we know JR was a good mate of mine, a team-mate, obviously one of the biggest losses the category has faced. So to win the Sunday race and have my name on the Jason Richards trophy is very special. Knowing it’s going to be there forever is a huge deal.”

952015 WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint - Race 2Holden VF
962015 Coates Hire Sydney 500 - Race 1Holden VF
972015 Coates Hire Sydney 500 - Race 2Holden VF
982016 Clipsal 500 Adelaide - Race 1Holden VF
992016 Castrol EDGE Townsville 400 - Race 1Holden VF
1002016 Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint - Race 2Holden VF
1012016 Castrol Gold Coast 600 - Race 2Holden VF
1022016 ITM Auckland SuperSprint - Race 1Holden VF
1032016 ITM Auckland SuperSprint - Race 4Holden VF
1042016 Coates Hire Sydney 500 - Race 1Holden VF
1052017 Watpac Townsville 400 - Race 2Holden VF
JamieWhincupR14Win

“It’s obviously up there (with my best wins). It’s highlighted because I haven’t had a victory for a long time.

“We had a good car. It’s a little reward for the dedication that’s been going on behind the scenes. We’ve unfortunately had no social life, grinding it out trying to make our cars faster.

"We’ll still continue to do that, but it’s just a small reward to say what we’re doing is right and keep working hard. Winning is that money can’t buy experience. It’s what we all strive for.”

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