Whincup didn't expect team orders

Jamie Whincup agrees with Triple Eight's decision not swap its drivers around at the end of yesterday's Townsville finale.

Whincup didn't expect team orders

The T8 Holdens finished the third and final heat first and second, following a coordinated, and controversial, attack on Whincup's title rival Scott McLaughlin.

That came after Whincup let Shane van Gisbergen through four laps from home so he could exploit his superior tyre life, the Kiwi then returning the favour by running McLaughlin wide so Whincup could sweep into second.

That opened the door for T8 to swap its two drivers before the finish, which would have handed Whincup an additional eight points over McLaughlin.

However the factory Holden squad opted to leave van Gisbergen out in front, race engineer Grant McPherson telling his driver to "take it to the chequer in this position" on the final lap.

Asked if he felt van Gisbergen should have forfeited the win, Whincup said: “No, I don’t think so.

“[The #97 crew] did a great job with the strategy, it played into their hands. They had four tyres left, so SVG deserved the win and he got it.”

Read Also:

He also defended his decision to let van Gisbergen past in the first place.

“I wasn’t going to hold Shane up. We don’t hold each other up," he said.

“He had some serious pace. When that Safety Car came out he was on for the win so I didn’t want to get in the way of that.”

Whincup currently sits 143 points behind McLaughlin in the standings, with 900 points still up for grabs from the remaining three events.

Triple Eight, meanwhile, holds a slender 42-point advantage in the teams' championship, which determines the pitlane order for the following season.

The first of van Gisbergen's two victories in Townsville helped T8 become the first team to win 200 points-paying races in the top-tier of Australian touring car racing.

The Walkinshaw Racing-run Holden Racing Team outfit racked up 200 wins back in 2011, however that included non-championship rounds such as Albert Park and pre-1999 Bathurst 1000s.

Now running under the Walkinshaw Andretti United banner, the Clayton-based team has 180 points-paying wins to its name.

shares
comments
Van Gisbergen hits back at McLaughlin criticism
Previous article

Van Gisbergen hits back at McLaughlin criticism

Next article

Fan photos to feature on Kelly Bathurst livery

Fan photos to feature on Kelly Bathurst livery
Load comments
Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match Prime

Why Courtney and Tickford are a dream match

James Courtney has been around the block in his motorsport career it's fair to say. After a single-seater career cut short, he's won everything there is to win in Supercars. Following a rocky ride recently in the Australian category, he's found a happy hunting ground with Tickford Racing.

Supercars
Oct 21, 2021
How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star Prime

How taming his temper shaped Supercars' slow-burn star

His decision to leave Brad Jones Racing was the biggest shock of the Australian Supercars silly season so far. But for Nick Percat, it comes as the culmination of a personal journey that has made him into one of the most rounded drivers in the series, now in search of a seat that can make him a champion

Supercars
Sep 17, 2021
Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8 Prime

Why replacing Supercars' GOAT with a teenager is worth the risk for T8

On the face of it, picking an 18-year-old rookie to replace arguably the greatest Supercars driver of all time is a risky move. But as Jamie Whincup takes up a team principal role and hands his car to Broc Feeney, it's one that he is confident will be rewarded in the fullness of time - time which wasn't afforded to Whincup in his early days

Supercars
Sep 1, 2021
How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention Prime

How Randle went from fighting cancer to battling for Supercars contention

After his fledgling career was paused by a battle with testicular cancer, Thomas Randle then had to wrestle with finding a drive in Supercars after he got the all-clear. It's been a long road for the Melbourne native but, after two lengthy battles, he's finally got a full-time drive to look forward to

Supercars
Jun 29, 2021
How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle Prime

How crisis talks over Supercars’ Gen3 future could leave it without a paddle

With Supercars’ Gen3 era on the horizon, a shift is set to take place – in more ways than one – but, as has become clear in recent weeks, the plan to bin the stick and use paddles with electronic assisted shift has been met with fierce opposition

Supercars
May 24, 2021
Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske? Prime

Can DJR still be a Supercars powerhouse after Penske?

Roger Penske's whirlwind Australian Supercars sojourn is over. After six seasons, three drivers' titles, three teams' championships and a Bathurst 1000 crown, The Captain has sold his controlling stake in Dick Johnson Racing back to the squad and walked away from the category.

Supercars
Feb 26, 2021
Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader? Prime

Can Whincup be Triple Eight's ruthless leader?

Supercars' most successful team of the past 15 years is set for a radical shakeup next year when Jamie Whincup retires from driving and takes over the reins at Triple Eight. But does he have what it takes to be the new Roland Dane?

Supercars
Feb 8, 2021
How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year Prime

How a lifetime Supercars deal broke down in one year

David Reynolds inked what was effectively a lifetime deal with Erebus in 2019 – only to walk out a year later. What went wrong?

Supercars
Dec 18, 2020