– Chris Dobie
Whincup wins V8 Supercars Championship !
The saying “Things are not always as they appear” has certainly proven to be true with the Sydney Olympic Park V8 Supercar event.
What appeared on paper to have less appeal than a SAO biscuit, with roughly the same profile when it was designed four years ago, has turned out to be one of the most exciting circuits on the V8 Supercar championship calendar.
Proving looks can be deceiving, the simple looking square circuit has produced some of the most exciting racing of the V8 championship over the past three years, and last weekend’s final round of the 2011 series was no exception.
Holden’s Jamie Whincup just managed to hang on to his slender points lead to become only the second driver in V8 Supercar/Australia Touring Car history to win the coveted Championship in both a Holden and a Ford.
Whincup managed to accrue enough points over the two day event to just stay ahead Craig Lowndes who fought gallantly pushing his younger teammate all the way to the chequered flag.
Lowndes’ win and Whincup’s suspension failure in Saturday’s 74-lap race set up a thrilling Sunday finally. Lowndes did all he could to make it happen during Sunday’s rain soaked race but Whincup played an uncharacteristically restrained mid-pack game to accrue enough points to clinch the title.
“I’ve never driven so soft before just trying to get clean air and stay out of the carnage! To finally get there is an unbelievable feeling,” Whincup said after the event.
After 10 race wins, 9 pole positions and 19 podium finishes, Whincup has written himself into the history books with a third V8 Supercar Championship title, tying with Peter Brock and Team Vodafone teammate Lowndes who recorded his seventh consecutive top four championship finish.
The Triple Engineering Team Vodafone Holden were in a class of their own this year scoring a total of 14 pole positions, 15 race wins and 33 podium finishes. They also hold the record for having one of their drivers in the top-two of the Championship for the last seven seasons.
“It’s been such a long year and a long week to be honest. (This) probably won’t sink in until the week later,” said Whincup.
“It was great to see my dad there at end of the race, and obviously the whole team- we’ve gone through thick and thin.”
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