24/04/2024

Jamie Whincup is inducted into the Supercars Hall of Fame preceding the 2021 Bathurst 1000 (Photo: Supercars .com)

Supercars veteran Jamie Whincup has bid farewell to full-time racing after an extremely successful and historic career.

Supercars veteran Jamie Whincup has bid farewell to full-time racing after an extremely successful and historic career.

Whincup made his Supercars debut in 2002 with Garry Rogers Motorsport. He made the step up to full time racing the following year. Whincup would take his first win after moving to Triple Eight Race Engineering in 2006, and would spend the rest of his career with the team.

The 38-year-old secured his maiden championship just two years later in 2008. It was a dominant year that included 15 wins, the third most for a single season.

Since 2008, Whincup’s career can be appreciated by his sheer numbers alone. He competed in 526 races, sixth overall between Todd and Rick Kelly.

He also boasts Supercars records for poles, wins, podiums, and Championships. His final tallies: 92 pole positions, 124 wins, 226 podiums and seven championships.

The stats never lie, and Whincup’s numbers show just how successful he was in the sport. His championships range from 2008-2017. His longevity and success are amplified by the talented drivers that sought to challenge him along the way.

Most notably, Whincup joined a Triple Eight team that already included the legendary Craig Lowndes.

Lowndes was entering the twilight of his career in the mid to late 2000s but was still extremely fast. He pushed his new young teammate to the limit. Despite the challenge, Whincup would more often come out on top.

In a similar situation Whincup would be joined by Shane van Gisbergen in 2016. This time it was Whincup as the experienced team-leader. Whincup and van Gisbergen would develop a strong team partnership that would see them both win championships during their time together.

In 2021 van Gisbergen convincingly won the championship with Whincup securing a second, and completing one final team championship for Triple Eight.

van Gisbergen (L) and Whincup (R) side by side. (Photo: Supercars)

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It has been a historic career that has ultimately seen Whincup enter the Supercars Hall of Fame. Along the way, he delivered a spectacle for Australian motorsport fans with many legendary drives.

Whincup ended his career with the 2021 Bathurst 1000. Throughout his time in the sport, he has truly bested the famous mountain.

He first claimed victory at Bathurst in 2006 with Craig Lowndes, a win which was also a fitting tribute to the late-great Peter Brock.

In 2012 Whincup claimed his fourth Bathurst win after a thrilling fight in the dying stages with David Reynolds.

One of Whincup’s most iconic moments came in 2017 when he won his historic seventh world title after Scott McLoughlin was slapped with a post-race penalty for taking out Whincup’s teammate Lowndes.  

The greatest Supercars driver of all time conversation always includes such legendary names as Peter Brock and Craig Lowndes. But simply due to his numbers and record-breaking impact on the sport, Jamie Whincup must be considered in this conversation and respected for his impact on Australian motorsport.

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