With history-making back-to-back V8 Supercars championships at Ford and now Holden, it’s easy to understand why Jamie Whincup has a target painted squarely on his rear spoiler.
At just 30 years of age and with four championships and as many Bathurst 1000 titles to his name, this Queenslander has been identified by experts as the man likely to break every standing record in V8 Supercars history.
It all started in 1991 when his father purchased a seven-year-old Whincup his first ever go-kart. By age 14 he had claimed countless junior and rookie titles and celebrated his 15th birthday by winning the Senior Formula A karting title. And in the very same year he finished high school Whincup added to his mantlepiece the Australian Formula Ford Championship trophy.
With a fierce attitude and relentless in his desire to win, it was only a matter of time before Jamie made the leap to V8 Supercars. And after a brief stint for Garry Rogers Motorsport as a rookie in 2003, the printer’s assistant won a seat with Jason Richards at the 2005 Bathurst 1000. The pair finished second and it was there that Triple Eight Race Engineering owner Roland Dane, a relative newcomer to Australian motorsport, spotted Jamie’s talents.
He was signed as three-time champion Craig Lowndes' understudy but burst out of the blocks to win the first race of the season and then his first Bathurst 1000. And Jamie hasn’t taken a backward step since, cementing himself as a modern-day great of Australian motorsport.
In 2013 Jamie won the most amount of races in the V8 Supercars Championship and continues to race fast and stay on top. The Holden superstar officially cemented his place as the most successful driver in Australian touring car history when he was crowned the V8 2014 champion.
After a successful 2016, Jamie will continue driving with the very successful Red Bull Racing Australia team and co-driver Shane van Gisbergen in 2017. He is a natural on the track, as well as a fan of anything with an ignition.