About Jamie Whincup - Motorsport


The form man of the last nine years in the V8 Supercars Championship, Jamie Whincup has amazingly not finished out of the top five in that period. In 2014 Jamie won a record breaking 6th championship in the V8 Supercars Championship and continues to race fast and stay on top. He is currently driving for the very successful Red Bull Racing Australia team. Jamie is a natural on the track and a fan of anything with an ignition.

Biography

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 33 years of age and with six championships and four 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 rookie and junior 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 mantle piece 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 Whincup made the leap to V8 Supercars.  Spotted by Garry Rogers, he made his V8 Supercar debut at the Queensland 500 in 2002 before graduating to a full-time position with the team a year later.

But 2003 proved to be difficult and Whincup found himself dumped come the end of the season and only able to scrape together an endurance seat in the third Castrol Perkins car in 2004. 

Given a lifeline by Tasman Motorsport in 2005, Whincup responded in style, partnering the late Jason Richards to podium results at Sandown and Bathurst.  It was there that Triple Eight Race Engineering owner Roland Dane, a relative newcomer to Australian motorsport, spotted Whincup’s talents.

In 2006 the Printers Assistant 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.

He returned in 2007 to challenge for the title, winning four rounds on his way to becoming runner-up to Garth Tander by a mere two points.

In 2008 he would finish the job, sealing the crown in style with a victory in Race 1 at Oran Park in a season where he won six rounds and was clearly the class of the field.

He backed it up again in 2009 with a new FG Falcon, winning 11 races and sealing back-to-back titles and his 2011 title win made him just the second man after Norm Beechey – but first in the modern V8 Supercar era – to have won the championship in both a Ford and a Holden.

After falling short in 2010, the Triple Eight ace struck back with force in 2011 to win 10 races and take nine pole positions on his way to his third V8 Supercars Championship crown.

He then backed that up in both 2012 and 2013 with 12 and 11 race wins respecitvely to seal his fourth and fifth titles which put himself among the all-time greats in the record books.

After a fairly slow start to the year, 2014 saw Whincup take the 'All Time Pole Position' award and his record breaking 6th Championship win, making it 4 straight.

Whincup maintains his steely focus that has cemented himself as a modern-day great of Australian motorsport.

JW FILE

  • Team: Triple Eight Engineering
  • Origin: Melbourne, Victoria; February 6, 1983
  • Resides: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Status: Partner
  • Outside of racing: Water skiing, trail bike riding, wakeboarding
  • Personal Vehicle: Holden Calais Sportwagon
FAST FACTS

Championships

Jamie Whincup (6)
Mark Skaife (5)
Dick Johnson (5)
Ian Geoghegan (5)
Allan Moffat (4)
Bob Jane (4)

Bathurst Wins

Peter Brock (9)
Jim Richards (7)
Larry Perkins (6)
Mark Skaife (6)
Craig Lowndes (6)
Jamie Whincup (4)
Allan Moffat (4)

Pole Positions

Jamie Whincup (74)
Peter Brock (57)
Mark Skaife (49)
Craig Lowndes (44)
Allan Moffat (40)

Race Wins

Craig Lowndes (105)
Jamie Whincup (104)
Mark Skaife (90)
Garth Tander (53)
Peter Brock (48)

RED BULL HOLDEN RACING TEAM VF

Triple Eight Engineering

FORGET MUFASA AND PUMBAA, THE RED BULL RACING AUSTRALIA VF COMMODORES ARE ALL LION KING. IDENTICAL LION TWINS IF YOU WILL.

POWERED BY HOLDEN'S 5.0LITRE V8 MOTOR AND PRODUCING 640 BRAKE HORSEPOWER, THEY'RE ANYTHING BUT CIRCUS LIONS. IN FACT, EXPECT THE TRIPLE EIGHT-ENGINEERED COMMODORES TO BE QUICKER THAN EVER.

FOR YEARS THE COMMODORES WERE HINDERED BY AN AERODYNAMIC PACKAGE INFERIOR TO THE FORDS. BUT WITH THE VF COMES AN ALL-NEW WING PACKAGE THAT IS SET TO MAKE AN EVEN MORE FORMIDABLE OPPONENT OUT OF THE COMMODORES. THE CLEAREST INDICATOR IS THE REAR WING - IT IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED BY TWIN STEMS AT THE BACK BUT INSTEAD ATTACHED TO EACH SIDE OF THE REAR END.

CHASSIS SCA
  • Designed and built by Triple Eight Race Engineering
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
  • Steering: Power assisted rack and pinion steering
  • Rear Suspension: V8 Supercar control independent double wishbone rear suspension manufactured by Triple Eight Race Engineering, driver adjustable anti roll bar system
  • Front Suspension: Triple Eight Race Engineering designed double wishbone, driver adjustable anti roll bar system
  • Shock Absorbers: Front and Rear Sachs developed 4 way adjustable dampers supplied by Triple Eight
GEARBOX
  • ST6 Albins 6 Speed Sequential transaxle, designed and manufactured in Australia
WHEELS AND TYRES
  • Wheels: 18" V8 Supercar control forged aluminium rim
  • Tyres: Dunlop 18” Sport Maxx control tyre, Hard and Soft compound slick as well as wet weather tyre
BRAKES
  • Front: AP 6 piston callipers with 395mm ventilated steel rotors, Driver adjustable front to rear brake force distribution
  • Rear: AP 4 piston callipers, 355mm ventilated steel rotors, driver adjustable front to rear brake for distribution
FUEL SYSTEM
  • Carbon fuel cell with Premier fuel bladder. Siamese dry break refill system. 112 Litre capacity
ELECTRONICS
  • Motec M190 engine control unit, EDL 3 data logger with Mini dash display and shift light module, Power distribution module and video capture system
PEDAL BOX
  • Triple Eight Race Engineering Designed and Built
ENGINE
  • KRE developed 5.0 Litre V8 Holden 308 cast iron block, CNC machined aluminium heads, control V8 Supercar cam shaft and aluminium dry sump
  • Estimated power: 635 +BHP limited to maximum 7,500 RPM
TOP SPEED
  • 298km/hr
TELEMETRY
  • Motec and Freewave 900Mhz spread spectrum radio
SEAT
  • Racetech 9119 Carbon with 6 point mounting system
STEERING WHEEL
  • Triple Eight Race Engineering designed